Effects of trade on employment

Tripartite Stakeholders Joint Workshop on Trade and Employment Policy-Making

With support from the EU-funded ILO STRENGTHEN project, tripartite stakeholders gathered on 07 September 2018 for the first installment of a workshop series seeking to enhance their capacity to understand the linkages between trade and employment, particularly those concerning priority sectors in the Philippine Export Development Plan (PEDP) 2018 – 2022.

The Workshop Series was organized by the International Labor Organization (ILO) in collaboration with the Ateneo Center for Economic Research and Development (ACERD), the Department of Trade and Industry (DTI) and the Department of Labor and Employment (DOLE).

Participants at the workshop reviewed how exports play a role in industry-led development and consequently in employment and income generation and how there are outstanding challenges for the Philippines to improve its institutions and governance alongside the development of infrastructure, science and technology, and research and development in order for both the domestic and export sectors to become competitive. They were also given an overview of the Philippine trade policies that were implemented over the years and the effects of these policies on sectoral employment in agriculture, industry and services. Meanwhile, participants discussed the Philippine Export Development Plan (PEDP) 2018- 2022, particularly those considered as “champions, achievers, underachievers and laggards” in exports and thereafter undertook small group discussions to gather perspectives on the benefits of exports to employment. Participants in the groups were also asked as what specific policies and programs should be integrated in the PEDP 2018-2022.