The Employers Confederation of the Philippines (ECOP) and the International Labour Organization (ILO) organized a two-day training of trainers on Soft Skills for Women in the Workplace last January 7-8, 2019 at Taal Vista Hotel, Tagaytay City.

The two-day training is part of ILO’s project entitled Women in STEM Workforce Readiness and Development Programme which is supported by JPMorgan Chase Foundation. The project builds upon the In Business Soft Skills modules and materials to be used by employers’ organizations and private enterprises. The materials and modules are based on a training method where participants work in groups, learn with and from each other, and learn through activities rather than complex textual information. Ultimately, the project aims to highlight the importance and relevance of soft skills for personal productivity and enterprise competitiveness. More than that, the project also aims to improve career prospects and empower workers in the Philippines, especially women.

ECOP Director-General Jose Roland Moya reiterated in his opening remarks the inevitable fact that women in the Philippines face more challenges in the workplace as compared to their male counterparts. He also highlighted that ECOP’s commitment to this project is ECOP’s response to those challenges and that the training modules are tools for empowerment through productivity enhancement and promotion of employability of women workers.

The two-day training was attended by trainers from ECOP, the Philippine Chamber of Commerce and Industry (PCCI), the Philippine Exporters Confederation (PHILEXPORT), the IT & Business Process Association of the Philippines (IBPAP), the Philippine Business Coalition for Women Empowerment (PBCWE), the Philippine Hotel Owners Association (PHOAI), and the Philippine Association of Legitimate Service Contractors (PALSCON).

To know more about the project and how your organization can take part in it, you may contact Mr. Neil Don Orillaneda, ECOP Advocacy and Communications Assistant, through or at



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