The AER Industrial Policy Team aims to contribute to the development of a policy agenda to address weaknesses in the country's industrial outcomes.

Gaps in the ILO -DOLE decent work programming

By Rene Ofreneo – January 24, 2019 The  Manila  Office  of the  International  Labor  Organization  (ILO)  and the  Department of Labor and  Employment (DOLE) have  drafted  a Decent  Work Country  Program (DWCP) for  2018-2024.  The  overall thrust  of  the  DWCP is to promote  full and  productive decent work for  all Filipinos. The term “decent  work” has […]

Wanted: A Labor Code for all workers, not just for a segment of the labor force

By Rene Ofreneo – January 17, 2019 President Duterte recently signed  into  law the bill on “telecommuting”. Republic  Act No. 11165 recognizes the legitimacy of work from  home that  is voluntarily and  mutually agreed  upon by both the  employer and  the employee.  The  law specifies that the terms  and conditions in  a telecommuting  work arrangement, […]

ECOP-DOLE MOU: Start of an industrial upgrading process?

By Rene Ofreneo – January 3, 2019 The campaign of the trade union movement to end the “endo” practice of hiring workers on a short-term basis has not yet succeeded in prodding a reluctant Congress to pass a law formally outlawing the controversial “labor-only contracting” (LOC) system and abolishing all other forms of “contractualization”. Once the LOC  is […]