STRENGTHEN Project convenes

1st Preliminary Tripartite Working Group (TWG) Meeting

The Tripartite Working Group (TWG) of the STRENGTHEN Project in the Philippines met for the first time. Representatives from the Department of Labor and Employment (DOLE), Department of Trade and Industry (DTI), Technical Education and Skills Development Authority (TESDA), as well as from workers and employers organizations particularly the Alliance of Workers in the Informal Economy/Sector (ALLWIES), Trade Union Congress of the Philippines (TUCP), and Federation of Free Workers (FFW) and the Employers Confederation of the Philippines (ECOP) were present during the meeting.

The meeting focused, among others, on discussions toward identifying the subsector or export value chain which will be covered by the STRENGTHEN Project’s programme support component for the Trade and Value Chains in Employment-Rich Activities (TRAVERA) programme and the Skills for Trade and Economic Diversification (STED). The TWG also tackled possible areas of project support in terms addressing knowledge gaps on the impact of trade to employment in the country and considered what can be the indicators of progress to measure the impact of project support in the Philippines.