UN Philippines supports PH govt's Jobs Summit to address unemployment

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QUEZON CITY, Mar. 26 (PIA) -- The United Nations (UN) in the Philippines, led by UN Resident Coordinator Gustavo Gonzalez, conveyed its commitment to support the Philippines in addressing the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on employment and the economy.

The UN will reinforce its assistance to build a better future of work, strengthen social dialogue, and support the country in implementing the Decent Work Country Programme, starting  with the Jobs Summit happening on May 1, Labor Day, Gonzalez said during a meeting with Labor Secretary Silvestre Bello III.

The Jobs Summit will bring together national government agencies and relevant stakeholders to tackle economic recovery and jobs generation.

It will also seek to identify priority concerns of labor and employer groups to address employment problems; inform stakeholders on actions taken by the Government towards recovery from the pandemic; and provide an avenue for dialogue with government representatives to discuss areas of cooperation and collaboration with relevant stakeholders.

Sectoral consultations hosted by various members of the NERS Task Force, as well as pre-summit meetings with the employers and workers, will culminate in the Jobs Summit.

 “The pandemic has accelerated existing trends in remote work, e-commerce, and automation, but also weakened  the quality of jobs, coupled with growing rates of unemployment. Open and strong social dialogue among key partners is vital,” Gonzalez said.

He added that  “pooling our knowledge and capacities for all-inclusive policies to generate decent work is our priority.” (MTQ/PIA-IDPD with information from UN Philippines)

Source: Philippines Information Agency (pia.gov.ph)

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