Message at the third anniversary of the National Trade Union Center (NTUC) Philippines

By Mr Khalid Hassan, Director, ILO Country Office for the Philippines at the third anniversary of the National Trade Union Center (NTUC) Philippines, 18 August 2021, Manila, Philippines via Zoom

Statement | Manila, Philippines via Zoom | 18 August 2021
  • Brothers and sisters, partners, distinguished guests,
  • Ladies and gentlemen,
My warmest greetings and congratulations to all our brothers and sisters from the National Trade Union Center in the Philippines in celebration of its third anniversary.

We join you in fellowship with the 75 federation officials, women and youth officers, federation education/research officers, and local union officers.

NTUC has operated and persisted during the challenging context of the COVID-19 pandemic, which has affected many workers all over the world, including the Philippines.

My solidarity goes to all workers in the front lines as well as those who lost their jobs because of the pandemic.

In response to the pandemic, delegates from 181 countries during this year’s International Labour Conference adopted a Global Call to Action.

The global call identified measures for a human-centred recovery from the pandemic and avoid long-term scarring of economies and societies.

Many efforts and measures have been undertaken on the pandemic and world of work issues.

Let commend the officers and members of NTUC who persevere despite the many challenges and obstacles to promote decent work, and to leave no one behind.

In today’s anniversary, NTUC tackles ratification of ILO Convention 190 on violence and harassment in the world of work as well as the agenda of women and the youth.

All these are relevant for a human-centred recovery as part of the Global Call to Action.

Anniversaries are important because it celebrates the growth and achievements of an organization. On this important day, let me wish you many years of success as you take on new endeavours!