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Manila – Researchers from the Institute for Labor Studies conducted an online brownbag session to consolidate its efforts for the launch of a series of online advocacy webinars in response to the COVID-19 pandemic. The remote session was concluded last July 7 via the Zoom meeting platform.

In attendance were Advocacy and Publication (APD) Chief Reinerio A. Alba, Workers Welfare Research Division (WWRD) Chief Maria Isabel D. Artajo, Employee Research Division (ERD) Acting Chief Paulina Kim C. Pacete, and Labor and Social Relations Research Division (LSRRD) Acting Chief Miraluna S. Tacadao.

Also, in attendance were APD Senior Labor and Employment Officer Atty. Tecelyn B. Maramag, WWRD Acting Supervising LEO Ronell J. Delerio, WWRD Senior LEO Malorie Joy O. Mones, WWRD LEO III Frances Camille G. Dumalaog, LSRRD LEO III Franchesca Rose S. Castillo.

The meeting’s objective was to consolidate and streamline the delivery of all advocacy webinar proposals by various researchers from the Institute and ensure a holistic approach as to its social impact, policy contribution, and gains for the general public.

The meeting yielded a possible total of 13 webinar that will be hosted by the Institute for 2020. Topics range from Alternative Work Arrangements and Telecommuting, Perspectives on Mental Health for Workers, Upskilling for Work in Cyber Space, Exploring Basic Income Guarantee, Rights of Senior Citizens in the age of Digital Technology, Public Sector Unionism, Public Works and Emergency Employment.

The meeting also produced two possible GAD-centric webinars which will focus on topics such as Online Sexual Exploitation of Children (OSEC) and Violence and Harassment in the World of Work. The group agreed on crafting a proposal detailing the thematic framework for the series of advocacy webinars that were suggested for the approval of management.