The tuna hand line fishery in General Santos City has been regarded as one of the major
components of commercial fisheries in the Philippines. However, the significance of this sector is increasingly
being threatened by various globalization issues that created new challenges in the working conditions of tuna
hand line fishermen. Hence, using the four pillars of decent work, this study assesses the working conditions
and the level of decent work of tuna hand line fishermen on board fishing vessels.
National authorities and industry players are compelled to reassess policies and practices in response
to the new comprehensive regulatory regime that the Maritime Labour Convention, 2006 has created. An area
for assessment is the oil and gas offshore sector and the applicability of Convention provisions to offshore
support or similar vessels and offshore workers.
This study explores the hypothesis that overseas migrants are returning with skills and expertise that can be tapped for development in the home country and will examine the role that the government, in particular DOLE, could play in tapping these migrants’ expertise. Through the conduct of case studies this research will try to understand the characteristics of expert returnees, their motivation for return, the nature of their involvement with brain gain and transfer of knowledge activities, as well as the factors that facilitate their return and engagement in transfer of skills and brain gain endeavors. brain gain endeavors.
Answering the long standing public policy issue in labor relations, this brief puts forward:
(a) a framework for analyzing the interrelations between labor relations policy objectives, policy interventions
and policy outcomes; (b) an understanding of the policy context and available alternatives; and (c) policy
recommendations that would advocate the immediate reform of the Code.