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Manila – The Institute for Labor Studies organized its very first advocacy engagement with the academe titled, “#TrabahongTrending: The Future of Work from the Millennials’ Perspective” at the Bukod Tanging Bulwagan of the Pamantasan ng Lungsod ng Maynila (PLM) last October 25.

ILS Executive Director Ahmma Charisma Lobrin-Satumba delivered the opening remarks for the event while PLM OIC- Dean Cecil V. Sabordo gave a message of support on behalf of the university.

Exec. Director Lobrin-Satumba assured the students that the best way to address the risk of possible automation of jobs in the future and to prepare for “future” work is still to have a wider set of skills partnered with critical “soft skills” or “life skills” such as interpersonal, communication, and complex problem-solving skills, including creativity and innovation.

Facilitated and conceptualized by APD Senior Labor and Employment Officer Atty. Tecelyn B. Maramag, the program was intended to increase the consciousness of the millennials on Future of Work ideas and related labor issues.

The participants were introduced to basic labor standards provided under the Labor Code, life skills discussion, including an overview of key labor and employment issues.

ILS Labor and Social Relations Research Division Chief Ms. Miraluna Tacadao also shared the results of the ILS research titled, “Future of Work – Telecommuting Arrangement and the other Non-Standard Forms of Employment.”

Towards the end of the program, the students and faculty members were involved in a workshop where all teamed up to produce creative presentations on future of work scenarios and possible policy recommendations based on a set of guide questions.

The workshop yielded a variety of creative, ideas-rich presentations from the participants to aid in the Institute’s policy recommendations for the Department of Labor and Employment on the Future of Work.

The second leg of #TrabahongTrending will be held at the Polytechnic University of the Philippines on November 13.