In a fitting recognition of the administration of President Benigno S. Aquino III, the International Labor Organization (ILO) has cited the Philippines as one of eight countries that have achieved 15 or more decent work programme results in 2014-2015.
The recognition is contained in the Report of the Director General: ILO Programme Implementation 2014-2015, a comprehensive summation of the results by outcome indicator and region of the ILO’s Strategic Policy Framework 2010-2015.
The programme implementation report, which is the last performance report under the ILO’s biennial framework, is structured around four strategic objectives of the Decent Work Agenda—(1) employment; (2) social protection; (3) social dialogue; and (4) rights at work; and 19 outcomes, namely, (1) employment promotion; (2) skills development; (3) sustainable development; (4) social security; (5) working conditions; (6) occupational safety and health; (7) labor migration; (8) HIV/AIDS; (9) employers’ organizations; (10) workers’ organizations; (11) labor administration and labor law; (12) social dialogue and industrial relations; (13) decent work in economic sectors; (14) freedom of association and collective bargaining; (15) forced labor; (16) child labor; (17) discrimination at work; (18) international labor standards; and (19) mainstreaming decent work.
In the report, ILO Director General Guy Ryder cited the Philippines as one of eight countries that achieved “the highest results by a Member State in the implementation of the ILO Programme 2014-2015.”
For 2014-2015, the report put emphasis on the eight areas of critical importance (ACI) that are prevalent in most ILO member States and which need immediate actions.
The eight ACIs include (a) promoting more and better jobs for inclusive growth; (b) jobs and skills for youth; (c) creating and extending social protection floors; (d) productivity and working conditions; (e) decent work in the rural economy; (f) formalization of the informal economy; (g) strengthening workplace compliance through labor inspection; and (h) protection of workers from unacceptable forms of work.
A total of 774 results in 137 member States and territories across all regions have been achieved in 2014-2015. A total of 69 member States achieved 10 or more results, and eight, namely, Cambodia, China, Egypt, Indonesia, Jordan, Philippines, Vietnam, and Zambia achieved at least 15 or more results.
All in all, the Philippines achieved 32 results in 15 indicators of which three are ACIs.
“We welcome the ILO Director General’s Report as it affirms the comprehensive and sustained efforts of the Philippines in achieving decent work with ILO’s support,” said an elated Secretary Rosalinda Dimapilis-Baldozat the 105th Session of the International Labor Conference in Geneva, Switzerland.
During her call to the head of the world’s parliament of labor, Baldoz said the ILO’s report is the highest confirmation yet of the concrete results of the tripartite-supported reforms taken by the Department of Labor and Employment in the last six years to improve labor governance in the Philippines.
The DOLE’s outgoing chief expressed hope that the ILO will continue to provide well-targeted and meaningful assistance to the Philippines, particularly in advancing the gains of the Philippine Labor and Employment Plan (LEP) 2010-2016 and its successor Plan, the Philippine Labor and Employment Plan 2016-2020, and in supporting the country’s achievement of the 2030 Sustainable Development Agenda.
“Both labor and employer organizations in the country have already crafted the respective Labor and Employer Sectoral Agenda based on the results of the Sectoral Consultation on the Future of Work held between April and May 2016 and these are expected to be considered by the National Tripartite Industrial Peace Council to be the next LEP,” she informed DG Ryder.
On his part, DG Ryder expressed his profound admiration for Secretary Baldoz’s deep and genuine understanding of the whole range of labor issues and decent work, including at multilateral level.
“Thank you for being a friend. We appreciate working with you for you are one Labor Minister who is clearly passionate about decent work, and we hope we will continue with this friendship”, Mr. Ryder said.