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MANILA – The Institute for Labor Studies (ILS) participated in the National Tripartite Conference with the theme “Shared Labor Market Governance in Advancing Decent Employment for All,” organized by the Department of Labor and Employment (DOLE) on November 16, 2023, at the Citadines Bay City Manila.

Secretary Bienvenido E. Laguesma, senior officials, and heads of attached agencies were in attendance. ILS served as Secretariat in the conduct of the event. The conference was held to foster the participation of tripartite sectors in shaping labor policies and practices aligned with the country’s Philippine Labor and Employment Plan (LEP) 2023-2028 and the Philippine Development Plan 2023-2028.  

The discussions focused on the priorities of the LEP, namely: maximizing productive, remunerative, freely chosen, and sustainable work and employment opportunities; ensuring labor market governance that respects all fundamental principles and rights at work, international labor standards, and human rights; and building equitable and inclusive social protection.  

The conference brought together stakeholders to foster collaboration and discussions with the sectors to ensure that strategies are modern, balanced, and well-informed. This also served as a platform to elicit recommendations to refine and improve the strategies, identify buy-in, and garner the support and commitment of all relevant stakeholders.  

About 200 participants coming from the National Tripartite Industry Peace Council and Technical Executive Committee members, Regional Tripartite Industrial Peace Councils, Industrial Tripartite Councils, informal sectors, industry associations, sectoral groups, national government agencies, the academe, civil society groups, and non-government organizations graced the event.