DOLE Secretary Silvestre Bello III acknowledges the ILO Bringing Back Jobs Safely Project, as a Contributor to the National Employment Recovery Strategy of the Philippines

The Department of Labor and Employment (DOLE) Secretary Silvestre Bello III formally acknowledges the Bringing Back Jobs Safely (BBJS) Project of the ILO, funded by the Government of Japan, as contributor to the National Employment Recovery Strategy (NERS) of the Philippines, issued through Executive Order 140 s. 2021.

The BBJS project was launched on 15 July 2021 and is intended as an emergency response to the pandemic, is expected to support the NERS updated agenda, particularly in improving business confidence, up-skilling and re-skilling of workers, as well as in supporting business upgrading and productivity. The project specifically aims to improve safety and health of workers in the micro-, small-, and medium-sized enterprises, including the informal businesses in the country. This will be done by introducing measures to prevent the spread of COVID-19 at and through workplaces, as well as increasing the abilities of small and informal businesses in applying digital programmes in their operations while availing of no/low-cost digital business development services and digital financial services. At the end of the project, it is expected that more than 30,000 MSMEs and informal business would have been capacitated on occupational safety and health, and digital entrepreneurship, while measures to ensure scale-up and sustainability beyond the project are already being established with ILO’s partners. The project is also supporting regions and provinces affected by Typhoon Odette.

For further information please contact:

Ms Tonilyn Lim
Chief Technical Adviser
ILO Country Office for the Philippines