The Business Process Outsourcing (BPO) Industry has been hailed as a promising sector given its investment-generating and job-creating capacity. Organized with the American Chamber of Commerce and the Business Process Association of the Philippines, this Partnerships in Governance Forum centered on the strengths and promises of the BPO Sector in terms of industry competitiveness and other human resource concerns.
With Labor Market Governance as its main agenda for 2010, the 2nd ILS Strategic Conversations tackled issues surrounding labor market governance such as promoting labor diplomacy, decent work for migrant household workers, international trade and labor agreements, work flexibility, workers’ representation, public-private partnerships and minimizing government interventions in labor relations. The thrust of the Conference was to apply research policies into good and best labor practices through industry self-regulation and social dialogue.
Gender-based discrimination has always been an issue in the workplace. Despite the Philippines’ global standing as being one of the top ten most gender-sensitive countries in the world for three consecutive years (2006-2008), gender-based discrimination, continue to exist. Much has been tackled and argued on gender discrimination among men and women but there is scarce literature on discrimination as experienced by lesbians, gays, bisexuals, transvestites (LGBTs) in the workplace. Despite their multi-faceted contributions in almost all areas, from arts to entertainment, to business, and now to politics, they have been considered marginalized not only in the workplace but in the community as a whole.
An advocacy cum industry visit in the Ilocos region covering the tourism and renewable energy industries, this capacity building initiative provides participants an opportunity to visit selected industries and gain insights on employment and livelihood opportunities in the countryside.