Decent Work

Decent Work Country Programme Preparatory Workshop for Employers

The ILO in partnership with the Employers Confederation of the Philippines (ECOP) brought together employers and its local chapters to strengthen its participation in formulating and implementing the Decent Work Country Programme in the Philippines.

The Decent Work Country Programme (DWCP) is the main delivery tool of ILO’s support. It is based on ILO principles and standards, priorities of the government, employers’ and workers’ organizations, and national objectives.

For employers’ organizations, the DWCP provides an opportunity to harness its competencies based on set priorities and to strengthen its capacity to participate and to deliver results.

The DWCP is anchored on the national policy and development agenda, which will contribute to relevant components of the Philippine Development Plan, AmBisyon 2040, the DOLE’s labour and employment agenda and the Sustainable Development Goals. Participation in the DWCP of employers’ organizations help bring the vision of the private sector into national development priorities and frameworks as key employment generators. This also serves are a vehicle to support employers’ organizations to better respond to the needs the members needs and support policy advocacies for a conducive environment for business and contribute to sustainable development.

The ILO in partnership with the Employers Confederation of the Philippines (ECOP) conducted a consultation workshop on the DWCP for employers.

“Thank you for giving us employers a platform where we can contribute our insights on how we can advance decent work in the Philippines. ECOP fully supports the development of the Philippine Decent Work Country Programme and would like to emphasize its commitment to the initiative and in performing what is expected,” said Atty Ranulfo Payos, ECOP Vice-President.

The participation of ECOP in setting DWCP priorities in 2009 to 2012 has contributed to strengthening employers organizations specifically on regional representation; training capacity including generating revenue; promoting productivity, competitiveness and employment; supporting member efforts to comply with workplace standards and to recognize child labour-free and child-friendly establishments.

In the consultation, Ms Diane Lynn Respall, ILO Senior Programme Officer a.i. presented current strategies and initiatives with links to the national development plan and the Sustainable Development Goals; the theory of change and the Results-based Management (RBM) approach; and the DWCP process and timelines.

ECOP plays a key role as it advocates the needs and priorities of the business community. Decent Work Country Programmes give employers, like ECOP, the chance to advance their agenda and to have their voices heard in the process,” said ILO Director Khalid Hassan.

Employers shared their views, priorities and experiences as Atty Ernesto Benedicto Bitonio, Jr shared key findings of the Decent Work Country Diagnostics. ECOP hopes that the DWCP will come into play given the numerous challenges faced by the business community in the form of policies and regulations in the pursuit of business and economic growth.