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The Institute for Labor Studies, through a post-training report of one of its division chiefs, has identified a research project for a comprehensive study on “Unemployment Insurance in the Philippines” for 2018.

The recommendation was proposed by Labor and Social Relations Research Division OIC-Chief Patrick P. Patriwirawan, Jr. who joined other Philippine representatives to the training workshop on “Employment Insurance: Global, Regional and Korean Experience on (Un) Employment Insurance” held last 06-11 November 2017 in Seoul, Republic of Korea.

The workshop was organized by the International Labor Organization (ILO) Regional Office for Asia and the Pacific in collaboration with the Ministry of Employment and Labour of the Republic of Korea, the Korea Employment Information Service (KEIS) and the ILO International Training Center (ITC).

The workshop aimed to identify the priority needs in establishing Employment Insurance in line with ILO Social Security Conventions, notably ILO Convention No.102; Convention No. 168 and Recommendation No. 176. It also sought to facilitate exchange of insights on international good practices, especially of the Republic of Korea and that of the countries of the participants including Malaysia and Indonesia.

The other post-workshop activities proposed by Mr. Patriwirawan, Jr. are 1) completion of the Research Paper on Labor Market Integration, 2) creation of a DOLE Technical Working Group on Job Displacement/ Unemployment Insurance, 3) conduct of a National/Regional Dialogue on the Launch and Implementation of an Unemployment Insurance, and the 4) completion of a Report on the Launch and Implementation of an Unemployment Insurance in the Philippines in December 2018.

The rest of the Philippine delegation includes Ms. Katherine A. Zarsadias of the Technical Education and Skills Development Authority, Ms. Anna Clarissa Sunga of the National Economic Development Authority, Mr. Kenneth Chua of the Employers Confederation of the Philippines, and Mr. Jun Ramirez of the Federation of Free Workers.

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