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Employers brace for ASEAN 2015

Employers all over the country are shifting to high gear as they brace for the upcoming ASEAN Economic Community, with the region transforming into a single market and production base by 2015.

With this in mind, the Employers Confederation of the Philippines (ECOP) will tackle theme “Evolving ASEAN Market: Towards Inclusive Growth and Prosperity” during its 35th National Conference of Employers (NCE) on March 15-16 this year.

ECOP President Edgardo Lacson said the 3th NCE will gather together CEOs, entrepreneurs, and business leaders to confront issues vis-à-vis the ASEAN integration by 2015.

“The Conference theme focuses on the challenges and opportunities arising from the free flow of goods and services as well as labor mobility,” Lacson said.

President Benigno S. Aquino III and Vice President Jejomar C. Binay have been invited as Guests of Honor who will also deliver the Closing Keynote Address and Opening Keynote Address, respectively.

According to Lacson, the Conference is a springboard for the top honchos of the business sector and corporate executives to tackle concerns on labor-management relations and the general business climate.

Lacson quoted President Aquino’s speech at the recent APEC CEO Summit held in Bali, Indonesia which emphasized that “the private sector and international business community have important roles to play in making economic growth more inclusive. On top of responsible practices, businesses must also actively engage with their community base, exploring new pathways to create opportunity and benefit for all. Practices that sacrifice long-term sustainability for short-term gain — through an untenable extractive approach to resources, or through creating tension between industries and communities — must be revisited and changed.”

The Philippine government views inclusive growth as sustained growth “that creates jobs, draws the majority into the economic and social mainstream, and continuously reduces mass poverty.”

Lacson said the private sector supports the government as it pursues a development strategy that revolves around a development plan anchored on massive infrastructure investments, higher governance standards, human development, and direct poverty relief, and employment generation.