This case study examined government employees’ productivity as they adopt various types of alternative work arrangements during the COVID-19 community quarantine period using an online survey and focus group discussion as data gathering methods. Results showed that regardless of the type of alternative work arrangements adopted, the self-perceived productivity and efficiency of government employees remain satisfactory during the pandemic-induced lockdown. While the findings alluded to government agencies’ agility and resiliency in maintaining their productivity amid a crisis and using alternative work setups, additional support and re-calibration of existing policies and guidelines are needed to safeguard employee safety and ensure organizational productivity within the foreseeable future.

The Insurance Industry is one of the most regulated Industries in the country second to the Banking Industry, with both being in the financial services sector. However in the Philippines, the Insurance Industry’s main regulator, the Insurance Commission counts other Industries not related to Insurance under its regulatory ambit and this includes Health Maintenance Organizations, the Pre-Need Industry, The Mutual Benefit Associations and their respective ancillary industries.

The objective of the study is to identify, validate and prioritize major regulatory inefficiencies, particularly in basic education and propose alternative solutions to maximize regulatory benefits and minimize regulatory costs to the public and private sectors
and society in general.

In the Philippines, remittances from both domestic and international sources has continued to grow at a steady pace for the past few years and this trend is expected to last with sustained local and international migration.

Health regulation is one of the vital components of the Philippines health system. The health system is a broad umbrella term, which includes the formalized health care systems, which are formalized; legally regulated financing; and the provision of health (medical) services, inclusive of preventive, curative and palliative interventions provided by trained health personnel.

Here in the Philippines, the consumer goods and retail industry is fairly well-developed; as part of the overall services sector of the broad economy, this industry performs a vital function by ensuring customers or end-users have access to the goods or services they need.

This report covers the regulatory review findings for the year 2018 on five (5) priority industries namely: 1) chemicals, 2) housing, 3) logistics, 4) power, and 5) the transportation industries. Relative to ease of doing business (EODB), the review aimed at streamlining unnecessary regulations and reducing documentary requirements and business fees exacted by both the national regulatory agencies as well as by the local government units (LGUs).

The Asian Productivity Organization (APO) has had a major focus on improving public sector productivity (PSP) since 2009. This means achieving efficient performance using limited government resources. Generally, it is about ensuring value for taxpayers’ money since public resources largely come from taxes. A PSP Program framework was developed allowing the APO and its 19 National Productivity Organizations to adopt a coordinated approach to promoting innovation and productivity in the public sector in the short, medium, and long terms.

This report encapsulates the learning from the First Public-sector Performance Study Mission in Europe from 27 September to 2 October 2015 and makes recommendations to the APO. The mission visited Belgium, The Netherlands, Germany, and Luxembourg and was facilitated by: Terry Pilcher (Partner), BCS Management Services (UK); Patrick Staes (Belgian Seconded National Expert), Nick Thjjs (Senior Lecturer), and Ann Stoffels (Senior Program Assistant), Common Assessment Framework (CAF) Resource Centre, European Institute for Public Administration (EIPA); and Bruce Searles and Anton Benc (Directors), Benchmarking Partnerships (Asia/Pacific). The study mission was attended by delegates from Fiji, Mongolia, the Philippines (including the APO Center of Excellence on PSP), and Singapore.

This guidebook is meant for NPOs aiming to introduce a business excellence (BE) model or awards for the public sector or to enhance their existing schemes. The importance of BE models is introduced through a series of questions and answers, followed by information on promoting and adopting BE and setting up an award process. The final of seven chapters explores how NPOs undertake BE initiatives in the all-important public sector.

Case studies of KM applications in public-sector organizations in India, the Republic of Korea, Malaysia, Singapore (two), and Thailand, accompanied by an explanation of the APO public-sector KM framework.