Labor and Employment Secretary Arturo D. Brion left for Busan, South Korea Monday to represent the country in the International Labor Organization’s (ILO) 14th Asian Regional Meeting from August 29 to September 1.

From Busan, Brion will proceed to represent the Philippines in the historic, 1st Asia Europe Meeting (ASEM) Labour and Employment Ministers Conference in Potsdam, Germany from September 3 to 5, 2006.

Labor Undersecretary for Employment Danilo P. Cruz shall be the Acting DOLE Secretary while Brion is abroad.

The Philippines will be among some 43 Asian, Middle Eastern, and other countries invited to attend the 14th ILO Asian Regional Meeting to be opened by the Korean President, Roh Moo-hyun, on the theme, “Realizing Decent Work in Asia.”

Brion said that the Philippines’ global role in the advancement of decent work will be highlighted during the forum, after the country pioneered the launching of the ILO’s global Decent Work Programme earlier in this decade.

Brion, in response to the report of ILO Director General Juan Somavia around Decent Work in Asia, is expected to deliver a speech highlighting the progress of the country’s global efforts promoting decent work.

Meanwhile, the Labor Chief said that the Philippines has been given a distinctive role to deliver a keynote speech, along with the European Union Commission, and Germany, at the opening Plenary Session of the ASEM Labor Ministers Conference in Potsdam.

He recalled that the country had earlier performed a prominent role in realizing the inclusion of labor and employment issues for the first time in the two-continent forum, by hosting the preparatory ASEM Conference of Labor Ministries in Asia earlier this year.

He said that the Philippines continues to pursue a crucial role in strengthening the social dimension, and mitigating the adverse effects of globalization.

The ASEM conference will be participated in by the Labor Ministers of both the European and Asian continents on the crucial theme of, “More and Better Jobs – Working Jointly to Strengthen the Social Dimension of Globalization.”

source: Information and Publication Service

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