Policy Briefs

Policy Briefs are papers that seek to recommend policy solutions to labor and employment issues. The analysis is primarily derived from data in previously completed ILS working papers and is presented to respond to these questions: 1) what is the decent work issue: 2) why is it a decent work issue; 3) what are the evidence of issue; 4) what are the solutions to address the issue. Policy briefs are directly distributed to DOLE officials. In 2014, ILS produced the following policy papers: Disaster Risk Reduction and Management: Improving Labor Market Resilience and Employment Recovery; Impact of the Current Interpretation of BIR of Tax Laws on the Income of Workers: A Study on Tax Distortion, De Minimis Benefits Expansion, and Labor Dispute Awards Taxation; A Rapid Assessment of the Community Based Employment Program; An Assessment of Firm-Level Practices on Decent Work in the Furniture Industry; Decent Work in an Integrated ASEAN Context: The Case of the Philippine Sugarcane Industry; A Study on Decent Work of Tuna Hand Lien Fishermen in the Philippines; Exploratory Research on Policies and Practices Regarding Filipino Offshore Workers; Enabling Expert Returnees to Contribute to National Development: Case Studies of Returned Migrants Engaging in Brain Gain/Knowledge Transfer Activities; Reinforcing Labor Relations Through Responsive Regulations: An Assessment of the Regulatory Areas of Book V of the Labor Code; Anti-Age Discrimination in the Workplace; and Defining the Social Protection Floor Using An Incomes Approach.

  • PB_edspTracer Study of Overseas Workers Welfare Administration’s (OWWA) Education for Development Scholarship Program (EDSP)

    The Overseas Workers Welfare Administration (OWWA) provides for training and education programs for the benefit of Overseas Filipino Workers (OFWs) and their dependents. One of these training programs is the Education for Development Scholarship Program (EDSP). Since the program was first implemented in 2004, a total of 1,105 OWWA member beneficiaries have already completed their bachelor’s degrees in 2015. However, there is a lack of evidence…

  • knomadA Survey of Filipino Migrant Worker Returnees from Qatar

    In an effort to reduce distortions to freer mobility of low-skilled labor, the World Bank’s Global Knowledge Partnership on Migration and Development (KNOMAD) program has implemented this research project to collect migration cost data comparable across select migrant corridors and to determine how much migrant workers pay to obtain foreign jobs and how migration costs vary across corridors. The results of the KNOMAD survey of the costs…

  • pb_portability_miraExamining the Portability of Social Security Benefits Among Migrant Workers in the APEC Region Focusing on Non-Asian Economies

    This brief provides a background on portability of long term entitlements for international migrants particularly of non-Asian member-economies of Asia Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC). Click Here to Download Full Policy Brief Title: Examining the Portability of Social Security Benefits Among Migrant Workers in the APEC Region Focusing on Non-Asian Economies Researcher: Miraluna S.…

  • exDocumenting Practices in Human Resources Development Planning

    Recognizing the importance of a skilled workforce to attain productive, innovative and competitive industries, many industry stakeholders have identified human resource development (HRD) as a key cross-sectoral issue of concern for Philippine industrialization. In view of this, the Board of Investments (BOI) of the Department of Trade and Industry (DTI) has requested the Department of Labor and Employment (DOLE) to spearhead the crafting of HRD…

  • PB s.2015 No. 05-page-001Examining the “5-5-5” Arrangement in Contractualization: A Study on the Repeated Hiring Practices of Firms in Selected Industries

    The implementation of labor contracting in the Philippines has created issues and concerns. Foremost in these issues is the “5-5-5” arrangement where contractual workers are terminated after five months, and then re-hired again for another five months. Regardless of the prohibition on the repeated hiring of contractual workers, reports of contractors and principals circumventing the law on security of tenure have surfaced. This arrangement…

  • PB s.2015 No. 04-page-001Cost-Benefit and Cost-Effectiveness Analyses of the Regulatory Areas in Book VI of the Labor Code

    This brief puts forward the highlights of the working paper entitled, “Is the Regulation on Security of Tenure More Labor Market Restrictive than Employment Protective?”: Cost-benefit and costeffectiveness analyses of the regulation on security of tenure with the aim to assess whether or not the regulation is more labor market restrictive than employment protective, as indicated by the ratio of total benefits gained as a measure for…

  • PB s.2015 No. 03-page-001A Rapid Assessment of the Special Program on Employment of Students (SPES)

    In the Philippines, youth unemployment and the difficulty of transiting from school to work has been a persistent and significant problem. Thus, the government and policymakers have identified policies and programs which can increase the probability of finding work for these jobless youth and raise their productivity. The Special Program for Employment of Students (SPES) is one of the government’s interventions promoting youth employment. SPES…

  • PB s.2015 No. 02-page-001A Tracer Study of the DOLE Kabuhayan Para sa Magulang ng mga Batang Manggagawa (KASAMA) Program

    As one of the major components of the DOLE Child Labor Prevention and Elimination Program (CLPEP), the DOLE Kabuhayan Para sa Magulang ng Mga Batang Manggagawa (KASAMA) Program aims to contribute to the goal of the Philippine Labor and Employment Plan (LEP) of strengthening measures to reduce exploitative child labor by providing families of child laborers with access to livelihood and entrepreneurship opportunities. This study of the KASAMA…

  • PB s.2015 No. 01-page-001DOLE Roadmap to Managing ASEAN Integration in 2015

    This paper examines the readiness of the Philippines in terms of worker mobility and free flow of services and skilled labor within the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN). This paper aims to assist the Department of Labor and Employment (DOLE) in developing and framing the DOLE Roadmap to managing the policy transition toward integration of ASEAN economies in 2015 particularly on areas that affect worker mobility. This paper likewise…

  • disasterDisaster Risk Reduction and Management: Improving Labor Market Resilience and Employment Recovery

    Description In the likely context of intensified disaster and climate-induced risk, this policy paper discusses a strategy framework that highlights the employment dimension of disaster experience and recommends that the government should provide resilience-building supports as a foundation for reducing, if not eliminating, the probability and severity of disaster risk. The framework further proposes strategies for preventing massive and…

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