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The Employers Confederation of the Philippines (ECOP), in cooperation with the International Labour Organization (ILO) conducted a webinar on “Just Transition: Enriching Private Sector Resilience and Sustainability through Green Jobs and Green Skills” held via zoom last 28 June 2022.

Acting Chief Labor and Employment Officer John Emmanuel Villanueva of the ILS Employment Research Division presented updates on the implementation of the Philippine Green Jobs Act and HRD Plan. He reported that the NGJ HRD Plan 2020-2030 was approved and transmitted to DOLE Secretary Silvestre Bello III  on November 2020 after consultations from 2018-2019.  In relation to the DOLE mandate under the said law of maintaining a database of “green careers,” professions and skills, DOLE launched its career information system (CIS) on September 2021 featuring green occupations. In terms of assisting in the development of standards for the assessment and certification of green goods and services, technologies, and practices, DOLE has been coordinating closely with the Climate Change Commission, which leads the development of standards.

Other panelists included Mr. Jerome E. Ilagan Chief, Policy Research and Development Division Climate Change Commission (CCC), and Ms. Georgina Pascual, National Project Coordinator of InSight2 Project International Labour Organization Country Office in the Philippines (ILO CO-Manila)

ECOP’s webinar is in line with the revival of its green programs as part of its 2022 priority agenda. The partnership with ILO was made through the Industry Skills for Inclusive Growth Phase 2 (InSIGHT2) project component for the Philippines. This involves the conduct of activities that will continue its active engagement in the policy discussions and action initiatives on Green Jobs, Greening of Industry, and the importance of human-centered approaches like skills development as one of the strategic foundations, that will also contribute to decent work, economic prosperity, inclusive growth, and the key elements of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).

Download a copy of the ILS paper on the National Green Jobs Plan here: