Message of support at the National tripartite conference and launch of the Labor and Employment Plan 2023-28

By Mr Hideki Kagohashi, Officer-in-Charge and Enterprise Development Specialist, ILO Country Office for the Philippines at the National tripartite conference and launch of the Labor and Employment Plan 2023-28, 16 November 2023, Manila, Philippines

Statement | Manila, Philippines | 16 November 2023
  • Honourable Secretary Laguesma and DOLE officials;
  • Partners from the government, workers and employers;
  • Distinguished guests, ladies and gentlemen, magandang umaga (good morning)!
It is an honour to witness today’s momentous launch of the Philippine Labor and Employment Plan 2023-28.

Director Khalid Hassan would like to join us today, but he is out of the country. Permit me to extend our heartfelt congratulations on behalf of the International Labour Organization in the Philippines!

The ILO recognizes the hard work and strong collaboration of government, employers’ and workers’ organizations and partners, to promote decent work and advance social justice through the PLEP.

It is more than just a plan. It embodies shared priorities on decent employment opportunities for all, inclusive social protection, and respect for rights at work.

The PLEP further reflects strong tripartism and social dialogue.

Over two decades ago, the Philippines was the first country in Asia to participate in a pilot programme on decent work. Today marks another historic occasion as the PLEP also serves as the Decent Work Country Programme, which will be the main vehicle of ILO support to the Philippines.

To align with national concerns and priorities, the ILO co-organized consultations with DOLE and supported several discussions and dialogues.

The ILO’s Decent Work Team in Bangkok provided technical inputs, represented today by Mr Phu Huynh.

Beyond the process, what matters most is that government, workers, employers and partners are committed to not only develop this plan together, but to also putting PLEP into action to promote decent work and advance social justice as a key national strategy.

Moreover, we eagerly anticipate how the PLEP will complement the “Trabaho Para sa Bayan Act” or Republic Act 11962, and how it will feed into the National Employment Master Plan.

The ILO stands ready to support our partners in the crafting of the TPB Act’s IRR and we look forward to participating in this consultative process, which will further highlight our commitment to effective social dialogue.

The PLEP will also contribute to the United Nations Sustainable Development Cooperation Framework and the Global Accelerator on Jobs and Social Protection for Just Transitions.

The Philippines is a potential pathfinder country to channel direct investments to create decent jobs and to extend social protection.

Today, the ILO will present the Global Accelerator to all of you, and we hope for your support in advocating for the Philippines to become a Pathfinder country. This will be a very opportune window for us to maximize cooperation not just with the ILO, but among all the UN agencies and tripartite partners.

We look forward to the implementation of the PLEP as we accelerate efforts to promote decent work, reduce inequalities, advance social justice and build a better future of work that leaves no one behind.

Maraming salamat po at mabuhay (Thank you and long live)!