This year’s 42nd National Conference of Employers (NCE 42) will revolve around three major themes: Reform, Rebound, and Recover.

True to its objective of promoting industrial harmony, social justice, job preservation, and national growth, ECOP ensures that employers in the Philippines are informed and updated on national strategies and programs to normalize the economy. We, in ECOP, continue to collaborate with the government and the business community in exploring creative ways and adapting new coping mechanisms to survive, thrive, and sustain business operations in these difficult times, and thereby contribute to the Philippines’ economic recovery.

Reform. Rebound. Recover. One thing is sure: The old ways of doing things are no longer relevant in a post-pandemic world. Even before the pandemic, the status quo was being slowly rendered obsolete by such change drivers as technology, information, and demographics. The COVID-19 pandemic just simply accelerated the changes.

Like it or not, we have to learn to live with the virus and its many variants. We cannot be immobilized by the pandemic’s ill effects on the Philippine economy and society. If we need to succeed, we must change now, as the virus mutates. Let our policies, strategies and programs mutate to a level that will help us win the fight against the virus and keep the Philippine economy afloat and moving forward and upward. This is what must be done! This is what ECOP stands for!

The Conference Theme

REFORMREBOUNDRECOVER

Episode 1: REFORM in Government PoliciesReform in Government Policies

  • Session 2:
    Strategic Policy Adjustments on the Road to Economic Recovery
  • Session 3:
    Legislative Agenda: Investments, Jobs, and Infrastructure

To reform is to change what is not right, what did not work, or what is no longer relevant in light of the emerging environment.

Even prior to this global pandemic, Filipino employers have already long felt and recognized that prevailing policies, laws, rules, and regulations are too stringent and can no longer afford enough flexibility for businesses to grow, expand, and attract domestic and foreign investments. The ongoing pandemic just simply magnified the ill effects on businesses of the antiquated and archaic labor laws that govern the highly regulated business environment. 

While the priority is to keep the population safe and healthy from the virus and to treat those who are sick, the economy must continue to grind and create jobs. The formula remains the same: Investment equals employment. We need to ensure that our economy is able to attract investments – domestic or foreign – to generate, preserve, and improve the quality of employment, especially for the sectors in society that are vulnerable to hunger and starvation.

Episode 2: Rebound through Health and Economic ProgramsRebound through Health and Economic Programs

  • Session 4:
    The Philippine National Deployment and Vaccination Plan for COVID-19 Vaccines
  • Session 5:
    Restoring Investor and Consumer Confidence
  • Session 6:
    Leveraging Partnerships and Synergies to Address Implementation Bottlenecks

To rebound is to bounce back to its normal position after hitting a hard surface or object.

The COVID-19 pandemic caused a 9.5 percent contraction of the Philippine economy in 2020. ECOP shall continue to participate in the overall effort of helping the economy to rebound soonest.

To help the economy rebound, the government must simultaneously address and strike a balance between, saving lives and saving livelihood, leaving no one behind. Specific health and economic programs must immediately be put in place lest we move deeper into a recession. 

Mass vaccination, together with continuing interventions on disease prevention/control, testing, tracing, and treatment must be pursued without letup towards creating herd immunity. Then and only then can the economy truly start its decent rebound.

As we gradually but continuously reopen businesses and workplaces, we shall regain lost investor confidence, consumer confidence, and public confidence in tourism, manufacturing, and other sectors that can further boost economic rebound.  This will eventually restore the trust and confidence of the populace, and encourage budding entrepreneurs to contribute their share in rebuilding the economy and the nation.  

Episode 3: Recover with New Business and Employment ParadigmsRecover with New Business and Employment Paradigms

  • Session 7:
    Business Continuity and Sustainability through Digital Transformation and Crisis Management
  • Session 8:
    Employment Generation, Job Preservation, and Skills Development
  • Session 9:
    New Modus Vivendi on Employer-Employee Relationship

To recover is to return to an upward trajectory after experiencing a slump.

In order to survive and thrive now and in the future, companies had to adapt to the new ways of doing business. The shift could spur a series of “next normal” scenarios over a longer period of time, and we do not expect to return to the pre-pandemic normal.

Digital transformation played a vital role as many businesses were forced to operate and transact with clients remotely using the power of technology and the Internet. Crisis-proofing the business and the workplace increasingly became the norm, to ensure that enterprises will remain agile and resilient amidst inherent risks to everyday operations.

Day 1 | 21 June 2021 (Monday)

NCE42 Opening Keynote Address
Keynote Address : “Taking Stock. Moving Forward.”

MARIA LEONOR  ‘LENI’ GERONA-ROBREDO
Vice President
Republic of the Philippines

OPENING CEREMONIES

Call to Order

  • Mr. George T. Barcelon
    Chair, NCE 42 Organizing Committee

Opening Statements

  • Edgardo G. Lacson
    Chairman of the Board, ECOP

 

  • Sergio Ortiz-Luis, Jr.
    President, ECOP
Presentation of KAPATID Awards 2021 Finalists

Mr. Renato B. Almeda

Chair, KAPATID Awards Executive Committee

Session 1: Sharing of Best Practices of KAPATID Finalists —From Adversities to Triumphs

Breakout sessions on:

 

  1. Industrial Peace and Harmony
    (Moderator: Mr. Federico R. Marquez)

Coca-Cola Beverages Philippines, Inc.

      • Mr. Gareth McGeown, President & Chief Executive Officer

    Gruppo EMS

      • Mr. Jose Noel C. Ramirez, Director of Strategic Business Development
      • Mr. Dennis Anthony P. Caronan, Chief Compliance Officer
  1. Quality, Productivity, and Innovation
    (Moderator: Ms. Criselda Sy)

The Medical City Ortigas

      • Ms. Ma. Teresa Bagaman, Vice President and Head, Center for Innovation and Lifelong Learning

SM Supermalls

      • Ms. Cheryll Ruth L. Agsaoay, Vice President and Head of Human Resources

  1. Responsible and Ethical Business Conduct
    (Moderator: Mr. Jose Roland A. Moya)

Energy Development Corporation

      • Atty. Allan Barcena, Assistant Vice President – Head of Corporate Social Responsibility and Public relations

Rohm Electronics Philippines Inc

      • Ms. Emerline A. Malicdem, Staff 4, Safety & CSR Department / General Affairs Division
  1. Business Resiliency and Continuity
    (Moderator: Ms. Flordeliza Leong)

STMicroelectronics, Inc.

      • Ms. Leah L. Cruz, Senior HR Manager

Mariwasa Siam Ceramics, Inc.

      • Ms. Emilie B. Maramag, Vice President for Finance & Administration

Nestle Philippines

      • Atty Krisma Guyala, Vice President and Head of Corporate ER, Health, and Safety

Day 2 | 23 June 2021 (Wednesday)

Theme: REFORM IN GOVERNMENT POLICIES

NCE42 Day 2 - Session 1
Session 2: Strategic Policy Adjustments on the Road to Economic Recovery

Speaker:

  • Dr. Karl Kendrick Chua
    Strategic Policy Adjustments on the Road to Economic Recovery

Panel Reactors:

  • Mr. Calixto Chikiamco
    President
    Foundation for Economic Freedom (FEF)
  • Mr. Edgar O. Chua
    Chairman
    Makati Business Club
  • Ms. Sherill Quintana
    President
    Philippine Franchise Association (PFA)
Session 3: Legislative Agenda: Investments, Jobs, and Infrastructure

Speaker:

  • Hon. Lord Allan Velasco* (for confirmation)
    Speaker
    House of Representatives

Panel Reactors:

  • Dr. Vicente Paqueo
    Fellow
    Philippine Institute for Development Studies (PIDS)

  • Mr. Jesus B. Varela
    Vice President
    ECOP

  • Ms. Rong Qian* (for confirmation)
    Senior Economist
    World Bank

Session 2: Strategic Policy Adjustments on the Road to Economic Recovery

Speaker:

  • Dr. Karl Kendrick Chua
    Strategic Policy Adjustments on the Road to Economic Recovery

 

Panel Reactors:

  • Mr. Calixto Chikiamco
    President
    Foundation for Economic Freedom (FEF)

 

  • Mr. Edgar O. Chua
    Chairman
    Makati Business Club

  • Ms. Sherill Quintana
    President
    Philippine Franchise Association (PFA)
    Session 3: Legislative Agenda: Investments, Jobs, and Infrastructure

    Speaker:

    • Hon. Lord Allan Velasco* (for confirmation)
      Speaker
      House of Representatives

       

    Panel Reactors:

    • Dr. Vicente Paqueo
      Fellow
      Philippine Institute for Development Studies (PIDS)

       

    • Mr. Jesus B. Varela
      Vice President
      ECOP

       

    • Ms. Rong Qian* (for confirmation)
      Senior Economist
      World Bank

       

      Theme Moderator:
      Mr. Melo Acuna

      Day 2 | 23 June 2021 (Wednesday)

      Theme: REFORM IN GOVERNMENT POLICIES

      NCE42 Day 2 - Session 2
      NCE42 Day 2 - Session 3

      Day 3 | 25 June 2021 (Friday)

      Theme:
      REBOUND THROUGH HEALTH AND ECONOMIC PROGRAMS
      NCE42 Day 3 - REBOUND: The Philippine National Deployment and Vaccination Plan for COVID-19 Vaccines
      NCE42 Day 3 - REBOUND: Restoring Investor and Consumer Confidence
      NCE42 Day 3 - REBOUND: Leveraging Partnerships and Synergies to Address Implementation Bottlenecks
      Session 4: The Philippine National Deployment and Vaccination Plan for COVID-19 Vaccines

      Speaker:

      • Hon. Carlito Galvez
        Chief Implementer and Vaccine Czar
        National Task Force Against COVID-19
        Session 5: Restoring Investor and Consumer Confidence

        Speaker:

        • Hon. Ramon M. Lopez
          Secretary
          Department of Trade and Industry

         

        Panel Discussion:

        • Dr. Ceferino S. Rodolfo
          Undersecretary, Industry Development and Trade Policy Group
          Department of Trade and Industry

        • Mr. Danilo C. Lachica
          President
          Semiconductor and Electronics Industries in the Philippines Inc. (SEIPI)

           

         

        • Mr. Eugene T. Yap
          Chairman and President
          Hotel and Restaurant Association of the Philippines
          Session 6: Leveraging Partnerships and Synergies to Address Implementation Bottlenecks

          Speakers:

          • Hon. Mar-len Abigail “Abby” Binay-Campos
            Mayor
            City Government of Makati
          • Hon. Francisco “Isko Moreno” Domagoso
            Mayor
            City Government of Manila
          • Mr. Jose Ma. “Joey” A. Concepcion III
            Presidential Adviser for Entrepreneurship
            Founder, Go Negosyo

          Theme Moderator:
          Ms. Jamela Alindogan
          Al Jazeera

          Day 4 | 28 June 2021 (Monday)

          NCE42 Day 4
          Session 7: Business Continuity and Sustainability through Digital Transformation and Crisis Management

          Speakers:

            • Ms. Joanna Velez Rodriguez
              Public Sector Director
              Microsoft Philippines

               

            • Mr. Bill Luz
              Chief Resilience Officer
              Philippine Disaster Resilience Foundation (PDRF)

               

            • Mr. Jerick Develle
              VP for Strategic Projects COVID Crisis Global Response Head
              The Adecco Group

               

            • Mr. Miguel Yujuico
              Managing Director
              PCCI Innovation Center

            Session Moderator:

            • Mr. Barbie Atienza* (for confirmation)
              Manila Bulletin

             

            Session 8: Employment Generation, Job Preservation, and Skills Development

            Speakers:

            • Mr. Ferdinand A. Ferrer
              President
              Gruppo EMS

            • Ms. Dominique Tutay
              Assistant Secretary
              Department of Labor and Employment (DOLE)

            • Mr. Rey Untal
              President
              IT & Business Process Association of the Philippines (IBPAP)

            • Mr. Wilfredo L. Decena
              President
              Philippine Constructors Association Inc. (PCA)

            Session Moderator:

            • Mr. Antonio Ll. Sayo
              Governor, ECOP

             

            Session 7: Business Continuity and Sustainability through Digital Transformation and Crisis Management

            Speakers:

            • Ms. Joanna Velez Rodriguez
              Public Sector Director
              Microsoft Philippines

            • Mr. Bill Luz
              Chief Resilience Officer
              Philippine Disaster Resilience Foundation (PDRF)

            • Mr. Jerick Develle
              VP for Strategic Projects COVID Crisis Global Response Head
              The Adecco Group

            • Mr. Miguel Yujuico
              Managing Director
              PCCI Innovation Center

            Session Moderator:

            • Mr. Barbie Atienza* (for confirmation)
              Manila Bulletin

             

            Session 8: Employment Generation, Job Preservation, and Skills Development

            Speakers:

            • Mr. Ferdinand A. Ferrer
              President
              Gruppo EMS

               

            • Ms. Dominique Tutay
              Assistant Secretary
              Department of Labor and Employment (DOLE)

               

            • Mr. Rey Untal
              President
              IT & Business Process Association of the Philippines (IBPAP)

               

            • Mr. Wilfredo L. Decena
              President
              Philippine Constructors Association Inc. (PCA)

            Session Moderator:

            • Mr. Antonio Ll. Sayo
              Governor, ECOP

             

            Session 9: New Modus Vivendi on Employer-Employee Relationship

            Speakers:

            • Atty. Benjo Benavidez
              Undersecretary
              Department of Labor and Employment (DOLE) 
            • Mr. Shoya Yoshida
              General Secretary
              International Trade Union Confederation (ITUC) – Asia Pacific 
            • Mr. Hariyadi B. Sukamdani* (for confirmation)
              President
              ASEAN Confederation of Employers 

            Session Moderator:

            • Mr. Ernie O. Cecilia
              Chair, NCE 42 Programme Committee

             

            Day 4 | 28 June 2021 (Monday)

            Theme: RECOVER WITH NEW BUSINESS AND EMPLOYMENT PARADIGMS

            NCE42 Day 4 - RECOVER: Business Continuity and Sustainability through Digital Transformation and Crisis Management
            NCE42 Day 4 - RECOVER: Employment Generation, Job Preservation and Skills Development
            NCE42 Day 4 - RECOVER: New Modus Vivendi on Employer-Employee relationship

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