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 1:
    Strategic Policy Adjustments on the Road to Economic Recovery
  • Session 2:
    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 3:
    The Philippine National Deployment and Vaccination Plan for COVID-19 Vaccines

  • Session 4:
    Restoring Investor and Consumer Confidence

  • Session 5:
    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 6:
    Business Continuity and Sustainability through Digital Transformation and Crisis Management

  • Session 7:
    Employment Generation, Job Preservation, and Skills Development

  • Session 8:
    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)

Keynote Address : “Taking Stock. Moving Forward.”

H.E. MARIA LEONOR  ‘LENI’ G. ROBREDO
Vice President
Republic of the Philippines

OPENING CEREMONIES

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

Sharing of Best Practices of KAPATID Finalists: From Adversities to Triumphs

Breakout sessions on:

 

  1. Industrial Peace and Harmony
    (Moderator: Mr. Federico R. Marquez)
  1. Quality, Productivity, and Innovation 
  1. Responsible and Ethical Business Conduct
    (Moderator: Mr. Jose Roland A. Moya)
  1. Business Resiliency and Continuity
    (Moderator: Ms. Flordeliza Leong)

Day 2 | 23 June 2021 (Wednesday)

Theme: REFORM IN GOVERNMENT POLICIES

  • Session 1:
    Strategic Policy Adjustments on the Road to Economic Recovery

 

  • Session 2:
    Legislative Agenda: Investments, Jobs, and Infrastructure
Theme: REFORM IN GOVERNMENT POLICIES

  • Session 1:
    Strategic Policy Adjustments on the Road to Economic Recovery

 

  • Session 2:
    Legislative Agenda: Investments, Jobs, and Infrastructure

Day 2 | 23 June 2021 (Wednesday)

Day 3 | 25 June 2021 (Friday)

Theme: REBOUND THROUGH HEALTH AND ECONOMIC PROGRAMS
  • Session 3:
    The Philippine National Deployment and Vaccination Plan for COVID-19 Vaccines

 

  • Session 4:
    Restoring Investor and Consumer Confidence

 

  • Session 5:
    Leveraging Partnerships and Synergies to Address Implementation Bottlenecks

Day 4 | 28 June 2021 (Monday)

Theme: RECOVER WITH NEW BUSINESS AND EMPLOYMENT PARADIGMS
  • Session 6:
    Business Continuity and Sustainability through Digital Transformation and Crisis Management

 

  • Session 7:
    Employment Generation, Job Preservation, and Skills Development

 

  • Session 8:
    New Modus Vivendi on Employer-Employee Relationship
Theme: RECOVER WITH NEW BUSINESS AND EMPLOYMENT PARADIGMS
  • Session 6:
    Business Continuity and Sustainability through Digital Transformation and Crisis Management

 

  • Session 7:
    Employment Generation, Job Preservation, and Skills Development

 

  • Session 8:
    New Modus Vivendi on Employer-Employee Relationship

Day 4 | 28 June 2021 (Monday)

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