The Department of Labor and Employment (DOLE) expressed its full support to enterprise formalization during the South-South Expert Forum on Enterprise Formalization on July 16 to 18, 2018 at Hotel Jen, Pasay City.
Experts from the global south were invited to share their good practices and lessons learned on formalizing and upscaling enterprises. The event was made possible through the efforts of the International Labor Organization, National Anti-Poverty Commission, DOLE - Bureau of Workers with Special Concerns (BWSC), DOLE- International Labor Affairs Bureau, and the Department of Trade and Industry.
“We welcome and support this initiative, as informal employment is an important dimension of the Philippine labor market”, said BWSC Director Ma. Karina Perida-Trayvilla, on behalf of DOLE Secretary Silvestre H. Bello III.
Lack of social protection, representation, and access to productive resources are just some of the problems affecting informal enterprises and their workers. With millions of the country’s labor force working under an informal set-up, BWSC Director Trayvilla mentioned how four of the DOLE’s eight-point Labor and Employment Agenda for 2017 to 2022 were focused to address the issues and concerns of the informal economy.
This includes addressing the persistent problems of unemployment and underemployment, improving accessibility to workers’ protection and welfare programs, achieving industrial peace, and having responsive, enabling, and equitable labor policies, law, and regulations.
“A lot has yet to be done. We at the DOLE are glad that we can openly discuss the issues and concerns facing the informal economy in this three-day forum. We intend to learn more in addressing the issues of the informal economy, particularly on transitioning to formal economy. These insights will serve as policy inputs for the refinement of the Sustainable Livelihood Framework we are currently working on”, BWSC Director Trayvilla stated.
The DOLE sworn to continue assisting the vulnerable and marginalized workers on their entrepreneurial ventures through the implementation of its livelihood program and improvement of its Sustainable Livelihood Framework. Director Trayvilla also mentioned that the growing partnership between the DOLE and other agencies will be helpful in transforming the livelihood undertakings of Filipinos into ‘competitive, resilient, and sustainable enterprises’.