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Manila – For its policy advocacy events line up this 2020, the Institute for Labor Studies (ILS) has prepared a 10-part webinar series titled, “Revive & Thrive: ILS COVID-19 Webinar Series, Actions for creating a decent future of work amid and beyond COVID-19.”

In this webinar series, the Institute strives to take the public discourse on post-pandemic recovery to new frontiers, highlighting that to overcome this unprecedented crisis better, there is a need to take bolder actions to revive what has been lost or damaged—and to thrive on a decent future of work built on the principles of resilience, equity, justice and solidarity.

ILS opened the webinar series in August 26 with the discourse on “Flex and Telecommute It: Alternative Work Arrangement Schemes and other modes of Labor Preservation,” a concept that was initially introduced by the Department of Labor and Employment under Department Advisory No. 9 Series of 2009 to assist and guide all stakeholders on various AWAs as coping mechanisms and remedial measures in times of economic difficulties and national emergencies.

Revive & Thrive was a concept designed and developed by the ILS COVID-19 Webinar Committee composed of Atty. Tecelyn B. Maramag, Senior Labor and Employment Officer from the Advocacy and Publications Division (APD), APD Chief Reinerio A. Alba, APD LEO III Marc Raphael A. Peñaredondo, APD LEO II Arianne Ishreen C. Bucar, APD IT Analyst Renz J. Nucup, Ronell J. Delerio, Senior LEO from the Workers’ Welfare Research Division (WWRD), WWRD Chief Maria Isabel D. Artajo, WWRD Senior LEO Malorie Joy O. Mones, WWRD LEO III Frances Camille G. Dumalaog, WWRD LEO II Soledad R. de Luna, Labor and Social Relations Research Division (LSRRD) Chief Miraluna S. Tacadao, LSRRD Supervising LEO Joyce Anne S. Lumactud, LSRRD LEO III Franchesca Rose S. Castillo, and Employee Research Division Chief Paulina Kim D. Pacete.

The webinar series is intended as an advocacy platform for all stakeholders to formally open a dialogue with the policy makers and program implementers to discuss the issues surrounding various topics, which are presented under a tri-thematic structure, as follows: Theme 1: Empowering workers and employers with innovative tools; Theme 2: Advancing workers’ rights and welfare through human-centered systems and institutions; and Theme 3: Ensuring safe, democratic and sustainable workplace towards a decent future.

The webinar series is also intended as a venue for all participants to provide additional inputs to the policy recommendations that were formulated in consideration of the unique characteristics and peculiarities relative to the Future of Work, the 4th Industrial Revolution, and other labor related issues and concerns amidst the pandemic that ILS, as the policy research arm of the DOLE, tries to address.