DOLE calls for stronger partnership on decent work, sound industrial relations

Date Posted: October 20th, 2017 10:43 AM

The Department of Labor and Employment (DOLE) called yesterday for a stronger partnership among member-states of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) and their tripartite social partners in advancing good industrial relations practices and decent work initiatives for sustained development.


Addressing delegates to the 8th ASEAN Regional Tripartite Social Dialogue Conference at the Century Park Hotel in Manila, Undersecretary Dominador Say said improving social partnership is a continuing task and also an urgent and critical issue for ASEAN, which faces challenges in the adjustments of labor and employment brought about by the regional economic integration.


“It is undeniable that the key to sustained national development, anchored in decent work, industrial peace and social justice is the effective collaboration between and among the government and its social partners. Together, let us raise the bar of social partnership and the role of sustained social dialogue in an integrating ASEAN,” Say said. 

The two-day conference was attended by 200 tripartite delegates from the ASEAN member states, as well as by the representatives from workers’ and employers’ organizations in the country.


The social dialogue strengthened partnerships between and among tripartite partners to address the concerns on the participation of women workers, the increasing circulation of migrant workers across the region, and the changing nature of employment and work relations because of the rapidly-changing ASEAN labor market.


“In the next 50 years, there will surely be enormous challenges awaiting ASEAN, particularly in labor and employment sector. But these challenges will bring abounding opportunities to ASEAN people. I hope these opportunities will translate to economic growth that will reduce, if not, totally eradicate poverty and social economic disparities towards a sustainable, equitable, an inclusive development where no one will be left behind,” Say said. 


END/Abegail De Vega


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