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The Institute for Labor Studies (ILS) Acting Deputy Executive Director Patrick Patriwirawan, Jr. presented the Philippine Decent Work Agenda" during the High Level Conference on the Strategic Role of Social Dialogue in Participatory Governance, Promotion and Development of Quality Public Services & Ensuring Decent Work in the Public Sector held at the Pan Pacific Hotel in Manila last October 25.

The provision of decent work for all, as viewed within the conditions of freedom, equity, security and human dignity from the framework adopted by ILO during the 87th International Labour Conference in 1999, has been the core mandate of the Department of Labor and Employment (DOLE).

Mr. Patriwirawan, Jr. highlighted the DOLE’s policy thrusts on labor and employment and its institutional mechanisms starting with the issuance of DOLE Administrative Order No. 434, series of 2018, which paved the way for the creation of a Decent Work Advisory Committee, a tripartite technical group, and a joint secretariat to craft the Decent Work Country Programme (DWCP). He also discussed the steps taken by DOLE starting in October 2017 with a high-level tripartite meeting endorsing the development of the DWCP, followed by consultations with stakeholders, and most recently, the meeting of the Decent Work Advisory Committee in October 2018.

Participants were also apprised on the DWCP priorities of the Philippines in terms of 1) Employment; 2) Labor Market Administration; 3) Social Protection and 4) Social Dialogue and Tripartism.

The event was organized by the DOLE Bureau of Labor Relation with PSLink, a confederation of public sector unions with more than 82,000 public sector employee-members from different government sectors.

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