Message on the partnership with the Department of Trade and Industry Philippine Trade Training Center (DTI-PTTC)

By Mr Khalid Hassan, Director, ILO Country Office for the Philippines on the partnership with the Department of Trade and Industry Philippine Trade Training Center (DTI-PTTC), 22 February 2022, Manila, Philippines

Statement | Manila, Philippines | 22 February 2022
The COVID-19 crisis has exposed the vulnerabilities of micro, small and medium enterprises. Jobs were lost and incomes were reduced due to lockdowns.

Through the ILO Project on Bringing Back Jobs Safely Under the COVID-19 Crisis in the Philippines: Rebooting Small and Informal Businesses Safely and Digitally, workers and entrepreneurs will have enhanced capacity in occupational safety and health and productivity measures, digital entrepreneurship, and financial education to help in recovery.

In partnership with the Department of Trade and Industry's Philippine Trade Training Center (DTI-PTTC) as the training delivery partner, the ILO supports quality training of MSME’s particularly on Sustaining Competitive and Resilient Enterprises (SCORE).

SCORE is a global training programme that improves productivity and working conditions in small and medium enterprises.

It will support a human-centred recovery for MSMEs and informal workers that is inclusive, resilient, and sustainable

Through SCORE, the project will develop trainers in the country on OSH and productivity measures.

Trainers will improve their skills in training module development, facilitating online sessions, and monitoring training impact; as well as technical skills on the substantive aspects of SCORE, which highlights workplace cooperation and COVID-19 safety and health at work, among others.

Enhanced capacity of MSMEs and informal businesses will help address their vulnerabilities especially in the time of pandemic.

This partnership with DTI-PTTC will contribute to improving safety and health of workers in MSMEs and mitigate the negative socioeconomic impact of COVID-19

The project also intends to supplement ongoing efforts of the Government of the Philippines and social partners in addressing COVID-19 challenges.

Part of the agenda of the National Employment Recovery Strategy is to develop business confidence, a pre-requisite of which is ensuring safety in the workplace.

Also, skilling both entrepreneurs and workers on digital applications in their operations will further accelerate digital transformation of MSMEs and informal businesses, now considered as basic necessity in the new normal.

In recognition of MSMEs as key to human-centred recovery from the pandemic, the ILO firmly believes that safe and healthy working conditions are fundamental for decent work.

Furthermore, the ILO fully recognize that digitalization of MSMEs is a key response to reduce infection risks in businesses

Thus, the ILO will continue to strengthen workers’ rights and support sustainable enterprises.

The ILO will strongly promote social dialogue for the meaningful participation of the Government, workers’ and employers’ organizations in building a preventative safety and health culture at work.