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Strategic Options in Rightsizing and Restructuring for Survival, Transformation, and Recovery: Must it Always be Termination of Employment?

May 5 @ 9:00 am - 12:00 pm

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Program Overview 

As a result of the rise of COVID – 19 cases, lot of government restrictions have been imposed. These restrictions also affect the economy of the country and  will likely result in another huge loss to companies. Both employers and workers are among the hardest hit.

The big question now is how will companies continue to survive? The last option of some companies is to downsize their workforce to cut on operating costs. The process of downsizing employees is not easy, This entails a lot of legal processes. And if a company does not make it right, it can result in a protracted legal battle with employees.

This program will help employers understand the strategic importance of management creativity as well as of legal and regulatory compliance in formulating and implementing rightsizing measures. Accordingly, the program gives equal attention to the proper application of the authorized causes of termination of employment; the optimization of human resources through proactive company policies on employee recruitment, deployment, development and retention; and the role of rightsizing in strategically facilitating business transformation.

Program Objectives 

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

  • Understand the legal and regulatory framework of termination
  • Know the other options aside from termination of employment
  • Create a strategic-decision making mindset in rightsizing and restructuring manpower

Program Outlines 

  1. Security of tenure and management prerogative
  2. Authorized causes of employment termination
  3. Flexible work arrangements
  4. Work arrangements outside employer and employee relationship
  5. Strategic decision-making in rightsizing and restructuring


  • Online lecturette via Zoom
  • Case study discussions
  • Online group work

Program Schedule

April 30 and May 5, 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: PhP 4,000.00.00

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: April 27, 2021 (Tuesday)
Deadline for Payment: April 28, 2021 (Wednesday)

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 5
9:00 am - 12:00 pm


via ZOOM


ECOP Training
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