The International Labour Organization Country Office in the Philippines (ILO CO-Manila) convened the TWG members for its Trade and Employment (STRENGTHEN) Project in the Philippines last 30 July 2019. The meeting was called to update the members on the developments of the project as it will be culminating its activities by September 2019.
A report from the DOLE – Institute of Labor Studies regarding the progress of the on-going institutional mapping of labour and employment in the Philippines’ international trade agenda was made during the meeting. Further, Ms. Katherine Brimon, the project coordinator who took over the project earlier this year, discussed updates on the TRAVERA value chain analysis report to the Philippine Coconut Authority (PCA) Board and on the study on skills for trade and economic diversification (STED) in the non-traditional coconut export sectors of the Philippines.
Attendees of the meeting were from government agencies, such as the Department of Labor and Employment (DOLE), Department of Science and Technology (DOST), Philippine Coconut Authority (PCA), among others. Employers were represented by the Employers Confederation of the Philippines (ECOP) and the Federation of Philippine Industries (FPI), while workers were represented by the Federation of Free Workers (FFW) and the Alliance of Workers in the Informal Economy/Sector (ALLWIES).
Ms. Marianne Rosas, Advocacy and Research Assistant, represented ECOP in the meeting.