Last 31 July 2019, the Department of Labor and Employment’s Institute for Labor Studies (DOLE-ILS) conducted a forum on the 4th industrial revolution entitled “Think Global, Act Local: Gearing up for the Future of Work.”

Following the Philippines’ support to the adoption of the  ILO Global Commission on the Future of Work Report and the ASEAN Labor Ministers’ Statement on the Future of Work, the consultative forum aimed to gather insights and practical recommendations from the tripartite partners on how the DOLE could better address and understand the 4th industrial revolution and its impact on business, employment, and labor relations.

Brief summaries of the ILO Global Commission on the Future of Work Report and the ASEAN Labour Ministers’ Statement on the Future of Work were presented by ILO Philippine Country Office Director Mr. Khalid Hassan and by ILS Executive Director Ahmma Charisma Lobrin-Satumba respectively. Prof. Jamil Paolo S. Francisco of the AIM Policy Center also presented the Institute’s study on mapping Filipino workers and their employment situation in the advent of the 4th industrial revolution.

The presentations were followed by a series of workshops where participants were asked to provide solutions to six (6) hypothetical future of work scenarios which were characterized by job losses due to automation, digitalization, and robotics.

The forum was attended by various stakeholders from the business and labor sectors, international organizations, and research think tanks. Daniella Reyes, Senior Advocacy and Research Assistant, represented ECOP in the Forum.



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