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The Bureau of Labor Relations in cooperation with the Church Labor Conference (CLC) conducted a forum on “ASEAN Economic Integration: Issues and Implications to Labor and the Economy” on August 27, 2015 at the Ichikawa Hall, Occupational Safety and Health Standards in Quezon City.

The forum was organized to orient CLC members on the concepts of the ASEAN Economic Integration, and increase their awareness on the possible impact of the integration, specifically on labor and employment. Mr. Jose S. Sandoval, Chief Labor and Employment Officer of the Bureau of Local Employment (BLE), discussed the ASEAN Economic Community (AEC) 2015, its implication on labor and employment and the actions taken by DOLE to address the possible impacts of the integration.

Approximately one hundred seventy (170) labor leaders and church people of the CLC participated in the forum. In his welcome message, Dir. Benjo Santos M. Benavidez said, “Ang kaalaman kaugnay sa ASEAN Integration ay mahalagang bagay upang makapaghanda at mapangalagaan ang karapatan ng mga mangagagawa patungkol sa trabaho at paggawa”. He also noted that labor, management, government sectors and church people need to work together towards sustaining global competitiveness, industrial peace, inclusive economic growth and decent work for all.

Mr. Tony Asper, Vice President for External Affairs of the Federation of Free Workers (FFW), talked about the potential gains and issues from the ASEAN Economic Integration. Rev. Fr. Erik F. Adoviso of Archdiocesan Ministry for Labor Concerns (AMLC) shared a theological reflection on the economic integration. Dr. Rene E. Ofreneo of University of the Philippines–School of Labor and Industrial Relations (UP-SOLAIR) acknowledged the efforts extended by BLR and CLC in the activity. He emphasized that workers and small entrepreneurs should be protected from the integration because they are allies in strengthening the business and Philippine economy.

The undertaking manifests the earnest effort between BLR and CLC to work together for the protection and promotion of workers’ right.

 

END/Honey Glaze Alipio