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The Department of Labor and Employment (DOLE), through the Planning Service (PS), in cooperation with the International Labor Organization (ILO) conducted the Area-Wide Consultation for the development of the Philippine Labor and Employment Plan (LEP) 2016-2022.

The DOLE Senior Officials and social partners composed of representatives from the labor and employers sectors from the various Regional Tripartite and Industrial Peace Councils and local Industry Tripartite Councils, business chambers, civil society groups, migrant organizations, career guidance advocates, non-government organizations and other government agencies participated in the three-part consultations held on 9-10 February 2016 at the Acacia Hotel Manila for the Luzon leg; 17-18 at the Diversion 21 Hotel in Iloilo City for the Visayas leg; and 11-12 February 2016 at the Pryce Plaza Hotel in Cagayan De Oro City for the Mindanao leg.

The area-wide consultation featured the assessment of the LEP 2011-2015. It aimed to gather inputs from the stakeholders on outcomes, issues and challenges, strategic thrusts as well as legislative priorities for the LEP 2016-2022.

Ms. Dianne Respall of the ILO reminded the participants to consider the global, regional and national perspective in reviewing the labor and employment situation through the key documents such as Sustainable Development Goals, 2015 Human Development Report, Future of Work, World Employment and Social Outlook 2016, ILO Committee of Experts on the Application of Conventions and Recommendation, 2015 World Report on Child Labour, 2015 Trafficking in Persons Report, World Bank Report on Employment and Poverty in the Philippines, Socio-Economic Reports, and HRD Roadmap of Key Industries.

DOLE Asst. Secretary Katherine B. Brimon also tackled the importance of the multi-lateral and regional commitments of the Philippines in crafting the proposed LEP 2016-2022.

Secretary Rosalinda Dimapilis-Baldoz noted the need to address the existing and emerging issues and challenges arising from the changes in the world of work. She emphasized that the proposed LEP will prepare for the transition and provide direction in the next medium term, contribute in fulfilling the multi-lateral and regional commitments, and more importantly, help in achieving decent work outcomes for every Juan and Juana.