Opening address at the National Wages and Productivity Commission (NWPC) presentation of the Global Wage Report 2020-21 and Social Protection for the Platform Economy

By Mr Khalid Hassan, Director, ILO Country Office for the Philippines at the National Wages and Productivity Commission (NWPC) presentation of the Global Wage Report 2020-21 and Social Protection for the Platform Economy, 12 November 2021, Manila, Philippines

Statement | Manila, Philippines | 12 November 2021
Honourable Commissioners of the National Wages and Productivity Commission (NWPC);
Executive Director Sy and other NPWC officials;
Representatives of the Regional Tripartite Wages and Productivity Boards;
Distinguished officials from the Department of Labor and Employment;
Our Specialists on Wages and Social Protection from the ILO Regional Office in Bangkok;
Ladies and gentlemen, good morning!

It is an honour to welcome you all to this dialogue on wages and social protection.

I would like to thank the National Wages and Productivity Commission (NWPC) for the exceptional partnership and in particular for the joint effort to undertake this initiative to have a discussion on the impact of COVID-19 on wages and social protection.

The 8th Edition of the ILO Monitor report on COVID-19 and the world of work finds that employment recovery has stalled in 2021due to new waves of the pandemic.

Global estimates reflect the unequal employment impact of the COVID-19 crisis, as well as the fragile and often diverging recovery trends between advanced and developing economies. For many, prospects for labour market recovery for the rest of 2021 remain weak and uncertain.

Economic recovery will depend on the policy choices and coordinated responses to support labour markets, businesses, and enterprises, including global supply chains.

Last June, the International Labour Conference adopted a Global Call to Action for a human-centred COVID-19 recovery, a roadmap that commits countries to ensuring that their economic and social recovery from the crisis is fully inclusive, sustainable, and resilient.

The ILO calls for a human-centred COVID-19 response and recovery in building a better normal through a series of measures that invest in people, their skills, their health, their social protection and that leaves no one behind.

Today’s discussion will touch on the impact that the pandemic has had on wages as well as social protection, including for those in the platform economy and teleworking arrangements. Policy recommendations to mitigate the negative impact of the crisis, to support those affected and to assist them in recovery efforts, will also be discussed.

The ILO stands ready to support the government and social partners in development of programmes and policies to better facilitate a recovery in the labour market that is sustainable and equitable, particularly through the Decent Work Country Programme (DWCP) 2020-2024.

I wish you all a productive and successful discussion, and continued collaboration towards a meaningful recovery with decent work for all as foundation.

Maraming salamat po.