To help sustain the gains in securing decent jobs for the future, the Department of Labor and Employment, through the Bureau of Labor Relations, has spearheaded a one day National Labor Forum yesterday at the Ichikawa Hall of the Occupational Safety and Health Center in Quezon City.


The forum, according to Labor and Employment Secretary Rosalinda Dimapilis-Baldoz, focused on the Aquino III administration’s achievements in promoting sustained, inclusive and sustainable economic growth, full and productive employment and decent work for all.  “We emphasized on how these accomplishments could be sustained even after the transition to a new administration,” she said.


The National Labor Forum brought together more than 300 representatives from major labor and/or civil society organizations nationwide covering public, private, informal, youth, women, and migrant workers. Members of the National Tripartite Industrial Peace Council (NTIPC), Tripartite Executive Committee (TEC), and representatives from DOLE, Department of Trade Industry, National Economic and Development Authority, Civil Service Commission, and other concerned government agencies joined the forum, which also saw the presence of new ILO Manila Country Office Director Khalid Hassan. Hassan had paid a courtesy call to Secretary Baldoz on Friday.


“This gathering was a pro-active transitioning activity for labor and employment concerns that took into account global developments,” said Baldoz, who was joined by DOLE senior labor officials led by Undersecretary Rebecca Chato, Internal Affairs and Labor Relations Cluster Head.


On the agenda that were subject of spirited discussion are the report on the 22-point Labor and Employment Agenda; DOLE’s report on the implementation of the Philippine Labor and Employment Plan, 2011-2016—which is anchored on the 22-point Labor Agenda of the Aquino Administration; and the Key Sectoral Challenges on the Future of Work.


The one-day event was highlighted by the presentations of representatives from the youth, migrant, women, public, informal and formal sectors of their perspectives on labor rights vis-à-vis future or prospective challenges in labor and employment.


There was also a presentation of the National Labor Sector Agenda, which identifies short-term, medium-term, and long-term actions and goals in addressing challenges and securing decent jobs for the future.


“Prior to the conduct of this forum, the DOLE, with the support of the International Labor Organization, held a series of area-wide sectoral consultations in Luzon, Visayas, and Mindanao which gathered recommendations from regional labor participants. Their recommendations served as inputs to the discussion at the national forum,” said Baldoz.


The National Labor Forum, with the theme, “Securing Decent Jobs for the Future”, envisioned the finalization and adoption of a National Labor Agenda that would serve as input to the next labor and employment plan, which the DOLE will endorse as a sectoral plan contributing to the Philippine Development Plan, 2016-2022.


“Right after this forum, the DOLE will draft the Labor and Employment Plan, 2016-2022,” Baldoz said.


END/Tim Laderas

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