Almost a year and half since the pandemic triggered an unprecedented and multidimensional crisis and has exposed the fragility of economies and the labor market, the Philippines is still reeling from the devastating impacts, further slowing the progress of the SDGs.
Even before the COVID-19 pandemic, the implementation of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development in the Philippines, in particular, SDG 8 Decent Work and Economic Growth, was not on track in achieving the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). The Workers’ Group Feedback on the Philippine National Voluntary Review on SDGs released in May 2019, noted that “gains in productivity did not improve real wages [and] in fact, the disconnect between labor productivity and wages persists over the years.”
With the Philippine government struggling to respond and recover from the crisis, impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic and the militarized lockdowns are being felt by workers and trade unions. The working people must now hurdle the challenges in achieving and fulfilling the SDGs by the 2030 deadline, while exposing the flaws and failures of the current system.
Objectives of the forum
The overall objective of the series of forums is to provide critical CSOs’ analysis / perspective on Philippines’ implementation of the SDGs especially in the context of the pandemic.
In particular, (a) assess progress or lack of progress in Philippines’ implementation of the SDGs; (b) identify policies and programs that frustrates achieving the SDGs, especially in resolving chronic jobs crisis, poverty and inequality, and hunger; (c) propose policy alternatives needed for immediate relief, recovery, and long-term development.
Register in the online forum through this link: https://tinyurl.com/PeoplesReviewOfSDG8
The activity is organized by Council for People’s Development and Governance, Ecumenical Institute for Labor Education and Research, Federation of Free Workers (FFW), Unyon ng mga Manggagawa sa Agrikultura, and Defend Jobs PH.