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Policy Brief

The Overseas Workers Welfare Administration (OWWA) provides for training and education programs for the benefit of Overseas Filipino Workers (OFWs) and their dependents. One of these training programs is the Education for Development Scholarship Program (EDSP). Since the program was first implemented in 2004, a total of 1,105 OWWA member beneficiaries have already completed their bachelor’s degrees in 2015.

The implementation of labor contracting in the Philippines has created issues and concerns. Foremost in these issues is the “5-5-5” arrangement where contractual workers are terminated after five months, and then re-hired again for another five months. Regardless of the prohibition on the repeated hiring of contractual workers, reports of contractors and principals circumventing the law on security of tenure have surfaced.

This brief puts forward the highlights of the working paper entitled, “Is the Regulation on Security of Tenure More Labor Market Restrictive than Employment Protective?”: Cost-benefit and costeffectiveness analyses of the regulation on security of tenure with the aim to assess whether or not the regulation is more labor market restrictive than employment protective, as indicated by the ratio of total benefits gained as a measure for protection on the one hand to total costs incurred as a measure for restriction on the other hand.

In the Philippines, youth unemployment and the difficulty of transiting from school to work has been a persistent and significant problem. Thus, the government and policymakers have identified policies and programs which can increase the probability of finding work for these jobless youth and raise their productivity. The Special Program for Employment of Students (SPES) is one of the government’s interventions promoting youth employment.

As one of the major components of the DOLE Child Labor Prevention and Elimination Program (CLPEP), the DOLE Kabuhayan Para sa Magulang ng Mga Batang Manggagawa (KASAMA) Program aims to contribute to the goal of the Philippine Labor and Employment Plan (LEP) of strengthening measures to reduce exploitative child labor by providing families of child laborers with access to livelihood and entrepreneurship opportunities. This study of the KASAMA Program seeks to assess and evaluate the impact of the program on the lives of its former beneficiaries. Specifically, it seeks to find out whether the program has been successful in ensuring that the family-beneficiaries are able to remove or disengage their children/relatives from hazardous or exploitative labor.