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Categories of Employment and Human Resource Planning

May 28 @ 9:00 am - 12:00 pm

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One event on May 28, 2021 at 9:00 am

Program Overview 

With financial losses rising due to the impact caused by COVID-19 pandemic, some employers responded by retrenching their labor force. Financial losses are painful for the company, but retrenchment is even more painful.

To cope with losses and save their talented workforce, companies rely on workforce restructuring. Consequently, employment contracts are terminated, consultants are hired instead of regular employees , or employment status is changed from fregular to non-regular. But are these practices legal and ethical, or how should the company restructure to fulfil their manpower requirements?

This online training session will help participants properly plan their manpower requirements by understanding what the law provides about employment relationships. The program will also take a deep dive into the fundamental and recent labor policies to help managers and executives decide how they will restructure their manpower needed in their operations. The program will also look at some national policies on flexible working arrangements to help employers craft their own corporate policies.

Program Objectives 

At the end of the program, participants will be able to:

  • Know the categories of employment in the Philippines
  • Differentiate regular and non-regular employment and learn when a company should categorize their workers under each classification
  • Understand allowable contracting and subcontracting arrangements
  • Learn flexible employment arrangements
  • Develop the necessary human resource plan that is tailor-fitted to a company

Program Contents 

  1. Regular employment
  2. Non-regular employment
  3. Contracting and subcontracting
  4. Flexible employment arrangements
  5. Putting strategies into action


  • Zoom check-in session
  • Action planning

Program Schedule

May 26 and 28, 2021 9:00 am to 12:00 nn via Zoom and ECOP eCampus (2-day program)

Resource Speaker

Atty. Benedicto Ernesto R. Bitonio Jr.

Atty. Bitonio is a practicing lawyer, an independent consultant, and a professorial lecturer at the University of the Philippines. He is a subject matter expert on industrial relations, employment, labor law and regulation, public management, and development management and finance. He has done policy, management, legal and labor relations consulting in several national institutions and private companies in the Philippines including with the Employers Confederation of the Philippines, and in international organizations such as the International Labour  Organization (ILO), the Asian Development Bank (ADB) and the ASEAN Trade Union Council. He has been a consultant on projects for strengthening industrial relations institutions in the Philippines, Cambodia, Vietnam and Indonesia. He has broad knowledge of international labour standards and of labour and employment relations and economic integration issues in South East Asia and the Pacific. He is frequently invited to speak in national and international forums and has published articles and papers on labour and industrial relations.

Prior to engaging in private practice and consultancy, Atty. Bitonio served the Philippine government for twenty years, including as director of labor relations, assistant secretary and undersecretary of the Department of Labor and Employment; chairman of the National Labor Relations Commission; and executive vice president and chief development officer of the Development Bank of the Philippines and chief executive officer of the Industrial Guarantee and Loan Fund. In various years, he was Philippine government adviser/delegate to the annual International Labour Conference (ILC) in Geneva, served as Philippine representative to the ILO Governing Body in 2004 to 2006, and chaired the Committee on Technical Cooperation in the ILC in 2006.

Atty. Bitonio obtained degrees in Bachelor of Arts and Bachelor of Laws from the University of the Philippines, and a Master in Public Management degree from the National University of Singapore (NUS) during which he was also an executive fellow at the Kennedy School of Government, Harvard University. He is currently based in Metro Manila, where he also lives with his wife and daughter.

Program Fees

Regular Price/Non-member Rate: PhP4,000.00.00

All ECOP members are entitled to a member-rate discount using a coupon code. To get a code, kindly contact our Training Department at [email protected].

Important Notes

  1. The training slot is confirmed only upon receipt of payment. Only confirmed (paid) participants will be given access to the training.
  2. The registration fee must be paid not later than two (2) working days before the first session of the training.
  3. The speaker will make available learning materials that participants will use in this training program. It can be downloaded from our eCampus platform.
  4. The recorded video of the session will be uploaded in our eCampus platform after each training session.
  5. Participants will receive e-certificates after the training.

Deadline for Registration: May 24, 2021 (Monday)
Deadline for Payment: May 25, 2021 (Tuesday)

Click here to register


You may get in touch with the following for inquiries:

ECOP Training and Development [email protected]
Ms. Rhem Cordova [email protected]


May 28
9:00 am - 12:00 pm


via ZOOM


ECOP Training
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