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Manila – Officers from Institute for Labor Studies (ILS) recently attended the International Labour Organization’s (ILO) Centennial Anniversary celebration last April 11 at the Peninsula Manila in Makati City.

The Institute was represented by Executive Director Ahmma Charisma Lobrin-Satumba, Ronnell J. Delerio, Senior Labor and Employment Officer, and Frances Camille G. Dumalaog, Labor and Employment Officer III, both from the Workers Welfare Research Division of the ILS.

The event also saw the launch of a live 24-hour “Global Tour” of national events in 24 countries which celebrates the work of the ILO on four continents from Suva to Lima. Seven countries from the Asia-Pacific will be hosting special events, which include Fiji, The Philippines, China, Thailand, Sri Lanka, Bangladesh and India. The date of the ILO100 Global Tour coincided with the anniversary of the plenary session of the Paris Peace Conference on 11 April 1919, which accepted the draft ILO Constitution. The said draft later became part of the Treaty of Versailles which was signed on 28 June 1919 to end World War I.

Mr Khalid Hassan, Director, ILO Country Office for the Philippines thanked all partners who celebrated with the organization. He said that it is through these partnerships that the ILO continuously strives to excel in advancing social justice and promoting decent work. Some of the Institute’s notable engagements with the ILO include the Green Jobs initiative, Decent Work HRD plan, along with researches on multi-employer bargaining, Job Orders and Contract of Service Workers in the government, and small- and large-scale mining.  It also includes the STRENGTHEN Project, which aims to support emerging economies like the Philippines to improve and strengthen the coherence and convergence of its sector, trade and employment policies and programs for better decent work and positive employment outcomes.

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