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Manila – The Institute for Labor Studies (ILS) organized its second online DOLE Research Conference for 2022 via the Zoom online platform from 29-30 March 2022.

As a culminating policy advocacy activity anchored on this year’s theme of Resilience in Stride: Road to Recovery and Adapting to the New Normal, the 10th DOLE Research Conference provided a venue for the Institute’s researchers to provide an inclusive platform for all stakeholders to discuss and digress on relevant labor governance policies that will serve as building blocks for our road to employment recovery and provide the necessary support via tangible programs that will further help its audience in adapting to the ‘new normal.’

In his Welcome Remarks, DOLE Undersecretary for Labor Policy Atty. Benjo Santos M. Benavidez lauded the efforts of the Institute for organizing the annual event and its unceasing commitment to deliver research outputs that have aided the Department in crafting evidence-based policies.

He added, “For this year’s DOLE Research Conference, the Institute of Labor Studies continues to dig deep and think out of the box as we bring to light fresh policy ideas that defy the norm. This comes in tow with the goal of uplifting the current employment and social protection standards for holistic labor reform by broadening our reach through a myriad of available platforms that seek to raise public awareness and generate discussion that would create and sustain intelligible and compassionate discourse and stabilize them through policies that will protect the rights and livelihood of Filipinos.”

For this year’s 10th DOLE Research Conference, the Institute presented nine researches tackling post-pandemic recovery discussions impacting Filipino workers and employers. The 2-day event was grouped into 4 thematic sessions.

These research papers were made in the midst of the nationwide-lockdown and grouped based on the themes mirroring the 2021 ILS Resilience in Stride advocacy webinar series.

The following research outputs that were presented this year under Session 1: “Addressing COVID-19 through responsive policies” include:” 1) Industry Analysis of Work-from-Home Implementation during Community Quarantine; 2) COVID-19 Adjustment Measures Program (CAMP) 1: A Rapid Assessment of Client Experience; and 3) The Economic Impacts of the COVID-19 Pandemic on Collective Bargaining Agreements (CBAs) in the Philippines: A Descriptive Analysis.

Research presentations under Session 2: “Assessing COVID-19 impacts on OFWs” include the following: 1) Effect of COVID-19 Pandemic on Overseas Filipino Workers’ Salaries and Remittances, and 2) An Analysis of OFW Return Experiences and Program Challenges amid the COVID-19 Pandemic: Advancing a Crisis-Oriented Reintegration Framework.

Session 3: “Harnessing technology to ensure decent work,” had the following topics: 1) Private E-Recruitment for Local Employment: An Ex-Ante Regulatory Impact Analysis; and 2) Platform Work and COVID-19: A Descriptive Analysis on Nature and Work Conditions of Food and Service Delivery Workers.

The last lineup of researches under Session 4: “Rethinking governance for better policy integration” are: 1) Examining convergence perspectives in transforming Philippine livelihood strategies and pathways, and 2) Study on the Filipino Health Workforce: A Sequential Exploratory Analysis of the Decent Work Indicators in the Health Sector.

The research brief and a copy of the completed research outputs can be downloaded from this link:

To watch the 10th DOLE Research Conference again, please go to these links at our official FB accounts:

Day 1, Session 1 and 2:

Day 2, Session 3 and 4: