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REPORT LAUNCH Philippines Economic Update: Regaining Lost Ground, Revitalizing the Filipino Workforce

December 9, 2021

Zoom and Facebook Live



  • The World Bank’s Philippines Economic Update covers recent economic and policy development and growth outlook for the Philippines. The December 2021 update includes a study on jobs and the corollary areas of improving labor market competitiveness and social protection to help the labor force recover from the pandemic. 

    The forum begins with a keynote address, followed by a presentation by the World Bank team about the main findings of the report, then a panel discussion, and an open forum. 

    Representatives of government, civil society, the private sector, multilateral and bilateral development partners, and World Bank staff are expected to participate in the event.

    Join us on Facebook Live @WorldBankPhilippines or register here to join via Zoom.


  • 10:00 – 10:05 

    Opening Remarks 


    Ndiamé Diop

    World Bank Country Director  

    Brunei, Malaysia, Philippines and Thailand  

    10:05 – 10:15 

    Keynote Address 


    Hon. Silvestre Bello III

    Secretary, Department of Labor and Employment

    Co-Chair, National Employment Recovery Strategy Task Force 





    10:15 – 10:45 





    Philippines Economic Update December 2021: Recent Developments and Outlook

    Kevin Chua, World Bank Senior Economist, Macroeconomics, Trade and Investment


    Back to Work: Priorities for the Philippine Jobs Agenda

    Yoonyoung Cho, World Bank Senior Economist, Social Protection and Jobs 



    10:45 – 11:30 


    Panel Discussion: Jobs for Filipinos, Jobs for the Future 


    Dominique Rubia-Tutay, Assistant Secretary for Employment and General Administration Cluster, Department of Labor and Employment 


    Rosemarie Ong, President, Philippine Retailers Association and Senior Executive Vice President and COO, Wilcon Depot 


    Antonio Asper, Senior Vice President for Political and External Affairs, Federation of Free Workers and Board Member representing Labor, Technical Education and Skills Development Authority


    Aniceto C. Orbeta Jr., President, Philippine Institute for Development Studies



    Kevin Cruz, World Bank Economist, Macroeconomics, Trade and Investment


    11:30 – 11:55  Open Forum  
    11:55 – 12:00  

    Closing Remarks 

    Yasser El-Gammal, World Bank Practice Manager, Social Protection and Jobs

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