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In line with monitoring the progress made by the DOLE and its social partners under the Philippine Labor and Employment Plan (LEP) 2011-2016, a Tripartite Validation Workshop was held on 15 May 2014 at the Institute for Labor Studies, Intramuros, Manila.

During the said event, concurrent workshops corresponding to the five report committees of the LEP (Employment, Rights at Work, Social Protection, Social Dialogue, and Sustaining Outcomes) were conducted to validate the progress made by, and the reported accomplishments of, DOLE and the social partners on the promotion of decent and productive work and competitive industries toward the attainment of inclusive growth for Filipino workers. Each workshop group was facilitated by their respective Pillar Committee Chair who has been tasked to manage the discussion and lead the validation of inputs and reported accomplishments vis-a-vis set targets for 2013.

Consistent with the 2012 LEP Progress Report, the Results-based report framework will be applied in the evaluation of the 2013 report. Under such framework, progress made by reporting agencies toward the achievement of the LEP priorities and signified commitments will be monitored based on performance of clearly defined outputs, outcomes and goals. Moreover, the 2013 Progress Report intends to inform the progress of a total of 254 indicators with targets as well as the level of progress made during the reporting years vis-a-vis the annual target.

Among the main objectives of the LEP are to generate one million decent and productive employment each year until 2016, to align the Philippine Labor Code with ratified international standards and to provide ample protection for vulnerable workers experiencing precarious forms of employment.

On its initial year of implementation, the report indicated 87.2%, with 184 commitments have had significant progress out of the total 211 declared LEP commitments.

On its second year, taking into account the shift from an output-based framework to a results-based gear, and using the report parameters and progress descriptors, the report showed that of the total 253 indicators, 68.4% were ranked green or completed 90% of target indicated, 22.1% were ranked yellow or completed at least 60% of target indicated and 22.1% were ranked red or completed at least 30% of target indicated.

On its third year, pending official and final submission of accomplishments, the 2013 Progress Report hopes to outline an optimistic progress made in the four pillars of decent work as well as the progress for the sustaining outcomes support pillar.

“The Report will be a compendium of submissions by Department clusters on employment, rights at work, social protection, social dialogue and sustaining outcomes. Aside from the DOLE clusters, other members of the NTAV include the Alliance of Workers in the Informal Employment Sector (ALLWIES), Federation of Free Workers (FFW), Trade Union Congress of the Philippines (TUCP), Employers Confederation of the Philippines (ECOP), and PSLINK. All entries in the 2013 Progress Report will be based on official submissions of all parties and representations who endeavor to make the goal of inclusive growth through the promotion of decent and productive work certain and possible”, ILS Executive Director Cynthia Cruz of ILS said.

The workshop gathered participants from different DOLE bureaus, services and attached agencies including social partners comprising the five LEP pillar committees.

The results of the Tripartite Validation Workshop will be presented for further inputs of the social partners during the Technical Executive Committee (TEC) – TIPC meeting on a date that will be announced later.

(For more information on this press release please contact Ms. Brenalyn A. Peji, Officer-in-Charge, Advocacy & Publications Division, Institute for Labor Studies, 527-3490.)