Outgoing Labor and Employment Secretary Rosalinda Dimapilis-Baldoz yesterday said employment promotion and sustainable enterprises were the two leading outcomes where the Philippines has produced the most number of results—four results each—or a total of eight results, from 2014-2015.
This is based on the Report of the Director General: ILO Programme Implementation 2014-2015, which has cited the Philippines as one of eight countries that have achieved 15 or more decent work programme results during the period covered by the said report.
A total of 774 results in 137 ILO member States and territories across all regions have been achieved in 2014-2015, according to the report, while a total of 69 member States achieved 10 or more results. Eight member States, including the Philippines, achieved at least 15 or more results. The seven others are Cambodia, China, Egypt, Indonesia, Jordan, Vietnam, and Zambia.
All in all, the Philippines achieved 32 results in 15 indicators.
In the employment promotion outcome which has six indicators, the Philippines achieved two results in Indicator 1.1. Number of Member States that, with ILO support, integrate national, sectoral, or local employment policies and programs in their development frameworks.
It also achieved two results in Indicator 1.5. Number of Member States, that, with ILO support, show an increasing employment content of investments in employment-intensive infrastructure programme for local development.
In Indicator 1.1, the ILO recognized the Philippines’ updated Philippine Development Plan 2011-2016 whose overarching strategic framework underscores inclusive growth, defined as “poverty reduction in multiple dimensions and massive creation of quality employment” as a central objective.
The ILO also recognized the DOLE’s crafting, with ILO support, of the Human Resource Development Plan that complements the Department of Trade and Industry’s industry roadmaps.
“One of the major inputs to the HRD Plan is the updated and extended Philippines employment projections model for which the ILO provided technical assistance. I am thankful that the ILO also helped us build our capacity for the employment projections work, HRD stakeholders consultation, and workshops,” said Baldoz.
In Indicator 1.5, the ILO recognized the Philippines’ resource-based approach in infrastructure rebuilding and agriculture restoration, particularly in Davao Oriental in the aftermath of Typhoon Bopha (Pablo).
“As a result, the Philippines is now equipped with options on the implementation of road maintenance that can generate more employment in local communities as compared to the use of heavy equipment,” Baldoz explained.
Another result that the ILO cited was the adoption by the DOLE’s social partners of a mechanism to sustain social security contributions. Most importantly, it recognized the internalization by workers in calamity-stricken areas of labor standards, i.e., minimum wage, gender equality, social protection, and social dialogue.
In the sustainable enterprises outcome, the Philippines has also four results to show in Indicator 3.2. Number of member States that, with ILO support, implement entrepreneurship development policies and programmes for the creation of productive employment and decent work.
For the results, the ILO recognized that the TESDA has embedded in the curriculum of its schools across regions affected by Typhoon Haiyan (Yolanda) the ILO’s Community-based Enterprise Development (C-BED) training methodology on business and financial management, which has capacitated TESDA school administrators and entrepreneurship trainers.
The C-BED methodology has resulted to the development of several projects, such as green charcoal, motorcycle repair, sawali weaving, bio-farm vegetable production, interlocking compressed earth blocks, fish drying, inland fish culture, moringa and turmeric drying, among others, that created direct jobs or improved job quality for 1,780 beneficiaries in Typhoon Haiyan-affected areas.
“This strategy also assisted 3,474 direct beneficiaries since November 2013, and 17,370 indirect beneficiaries in Regions 4-B, 6, 7, and 8,” said Baldoz.