The sector of people with disability continues to grow. It was reported that about 15 percent of the world’s population live with some form of disability. In the Philippines, there are almost one (1) million persons with disability (PWDs). Studies revealed that the sector are considered the most marginalized and economically disadvantaged groups. Their impairment makes them vulnerable to different social and economic barriers, and negative attitudes by the abled members of the society.
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As an archipelagic country of more than 7,000 islands, the Philippines is naturally endowed with tourism assets, many of which are largely unexplored and isolated from mainstream tourism circuits yet presenting huge potential for tourism development. Incidentally, small-scale or community-based tourism (CBT) is already being promoted in many of these destinations as a strategy to improve livelihood and provide alternative source of income to their marginalized communities.
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This paper examines the readiness of Philippines for worker mobility within the region of Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN). It focuses on the implications of the impending establishment of the ASEAN Economic Community by 2015 as specifically governed by rules and regional commitments on free flow services, mutual recognition of qualifications and skills, movement of natural persons, and movement of skilled labor.
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It is argued that artisanal and small-scale mining activities in different parts of the world, especially in developing countries, are poverty-driven. In the Philippines, employment in small-scale gold mining is largely informal. People are lured to the sector because it offers them the only available if not the most gainful source of income. Thus, despite the safety and health risks associated with the sector, the rural poor continue to seek employment in small-scale gold mining because poverty compels them to do so.
Read more: Enhancing Decent Work Outcomes in Small-Scale Gold Mining
This paper seeks to achieve two end goals. First is to examine and study the economic potentials and viability of the Cultural Heritage Sector and second is to map out and spot possible jobs, livelihood, employment and business opportunities in the Philippines that can be created and generated through various cultural heritage-related activities, initiatives and endeavors.
Read more: Mapping Out Employment Opportunities in the Cultural Heritage Sector A Strategic Framework