Date: September 13, 2013
Venue: Luzvimin Room, World Bank Office Manila Penthouse, One Global Place, Bonifacio Global City, Taguig City
The Philippines has long struggled to accelerate inclusive growth"the type that creates more and better jobs and reduces poverty. The Aquino Administration, which came into power in July 2010, has set achieving inclusive growth as its main goal. This goal is articulated in the Philippine Development Plan 2011-2016.
In support of the governments inclusive growth agenda, the Philippine Institute for Development Studies (PIDS) research agenda puts strong emphasis on policy research related to job creation. In particular, it is currently supporting the Department of Trade and Industrys efforts to coordinate the preparation by the private sector of a comprehensive roadmap for manufacturing that will open the way for sustained growth and employment in the near future.
For its part, the World Bank Philippine Office prepared a report entitled Philippine Development Report (PDR): Creating More and Better Jobs. The report provides an in-depth discussion of the countrys jobs challenge and the likely reasons for it, and highlights the unique window of opportunity which the country can seize to begin addressing the jobs challenge. To put the country on the irreversible path of inclusive growth, the PDR argues the need for a broad reform coalition where government, business, labor, and civil society engage in deeper social dialogue and partnership, and agree on an agenda on job creation.
As a first step in moving the jobs agenda forward, the World Bank and the PIDS held a dialogue titled Creating More and Better Jobs. It was intended to provide a venue for in-depth dialogue on strategies to address the challenges of creating more and better jobs and the need for different stakeholders to work together to support the jobs agenda.
This dialogue was held on September 13, 2013, 8:00 am to 12:00 noon, at the Luzvimin Conference Room of the new World Bank Office at the Penthouse of One Global Place 5th Ave., cor. 25th St., Bonifacio Global City, Taguig City, Philippines.