Date Published:
Jun 01, 2001
Focus Area(s):
PIDS Book 2001-06

Globalization brings fears to the Filipino worker. The fall in protectionism and other barriers to trade contribute much to the uncertainties that workers face today. Greater openness to the world and to technological advances continues to change the condition of human resource development (HRD) and with it, the fate of hired hands in most countries hangs in the balance. The Filipino Worker in a Global Economy, a collection of six studies funded by the Philippine APEC Study Center Network (PASCN), presents a wealth of information and insights on how globalization impacts on Philippine labor. The authors that may arise as a result of globalization and affect the condition of labor and HRD in the country cite several issues. These issues pertain to wage inequality, labor migration, labor standards and institutions, and education. Even in the face of uncertainties and fears, this volume stresses, however, that globalization should not be impeded. Rather, the authors recognize and emphasize the vital role that the State should play in promoting globalization and in developing the skills and improving the welfare of the Filipino workers for them to face globalization squarely. As aptly pointed out by the book, the Filipino worker cannot turn back the winds of change. Thus, he must have the necessary training and equipment to protect him against the dislocations and uncertainties emerging from globalization.

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