NLRC Seventh Division’s officials and personnel clean their own yard for 7S Program

Posted October 11,2019 05:26:33

Cebu City. Steel cabinets cleaned, table tops cleared of unnecessary things, records and archives properly arranged, floors swept, garbage segregated.  


These were just some of the results the officials and employees of the National Labor Relations Commission (NLRC) Seventh Division delivered after the launching of the 7S Program at the office, Wednesday, October 2, 2019.


The 7S Committee is delighted with the cooperation the personnel have shown during the activity.


Committee chairman, Atty. Janry Santiago, explained that the 7S Program is an updated version of the 5S Program previously implemented in the different government offices.


The original 5S includes Sort, Systematize, Sweep, Standardize, and Self-discipline, which were derived from Japanese words; Seiri, Seiton, Seiso, Seiketsu and Shitsuke. For the implementation of the 7S of Good Housekeeping, SAFETY AND SUSTAIN have been added to the list. 


“Almost all (of the officials and employees) ang ni-cooperate gyud. Kung client ka or outsider, like visitor (ka sa office), matingala ka ngano almost tanan tawo namarog (during the launching) kay dunay gipang-alsa,” said Atty. Santiago.


The Department of Labor and Employment (DOLE) aims to strengthen the institutionalization of the 7S Productivity Program, conduct inter-agency competition as a way of sustaining the 7S program and recognize outstanding agency with exemplary productivity attributes


The NLRC Seventh Division is one of the attached agencies of DOLE.


"7S of Good Housekeeping is a systematized approach to organize work areas, set rules and standards, maintain safety in the workplace and practice self-discipline as a way of life," explained DOLE.


While the launching of the 7S Program was welcomed by NLRC employees, Santiago pointed out a challenge in implementing the program: the resistance of some.


“Naa gyuy resistance especially katong dili sila ganahan kuha-on ang ilang (personal) things and the way nila gi-arrange ang ilang things, dili sila ganahan ma-disturbo ba ang ilang arrangement,” Santiago explained.


According to Santiago, personal things are totally fine inside the office as long as they are arranged and kept properly.


By cleaning and maintaining an orderly workplace, he stressed that each employee should begin with himself/ herself. 


Aside from the things/ documents needed for work, items allowed in an employee’s desk or table top during office hours include a mug, a table calendar and a picture frame.


Each employee should also see to it that he/she spares at least 5 minutes of his/her time everyday to clean his/ her work area.


To sustain what have been started, Santiago said that a periodic update will be done. 


He added that there are focal persons in each section of the office who will see if 7S is continually practiced by the employees through cleaning and sorting things out in their work station.