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The Institute for Labor Studies has come up with a study titled “Study on the Filipino Health Workforce: A Sequential Exploratory Analysis of the Decent Work Indicators in the Health Sector.

The study aims to provide a descriptive analysis of healthcare workers' decent work situation, including challenges and opportunities, in the Philippines. The study also specifically aims to: (1) describe the decent work situation specifically in terms of ensuring access to skills development, social protection, fair working conditions, and social dialogue in the Philippine healthcare sector; and (2) determine the implications of domestic decent work situation, including HRD practices, on labor migration of health workers.

It is also in line with the implementation of the Human Health Resources (HRH) Master Plan led by the Department of Health (DOH) and the Universal Health Care (UHC) Law, where the Department of Labor and Employment (DOLE) is a member of the Inter-Agency Committee on HRH. The output of the study may serve as an input to discussions in strengthening the health resourcing system in the Philippines through the promotion of decent work intended for human development and organizational success.

This study is jointly authored by Raymond R. Estrella, Miraluna S. Tacadao, Ronell J. Delerio John Emmanuel B. Villanueva, Malorie Joy O. Mones, Cesar A. Mansal, Athena Mari E. Son, Patrick P. Patriwirawan, Jr. from the Workers Welfare, Labor and Social Relations and Employment Research Divisions of the Institute for Labor Studies.

The paper is slated for presentation during the morning session for Day 2 of the 10th DOLE Research Conference on March 29, 2022.