The Employers Confederation of the Philippines (ECOP) holds its 39th National Conference of Employers (NCE) on 18 - 19 April 2018 at the Marriott Grandballroom, Manila. NCE is the biggest annual event organized by the Employers Confederation of the Philippines (ECOP) which provides employers the opportunity to discuss amongst themselves and other stake holders key issues surrounding employment, labour-management relations, and the general business climate. Through this Conference, employers, local leaders, foreign investors, policy makers, and corporate executives meet and come up with collective position on policies and socioeconomic concerns.
The 39th National Conference of Employers, with the theme "The Future is Now: Survive, Compete, and Grow Amidst Radical Changes in Labor and Employment Policies," will delve into the advent of the future of work and the various global trends and phenomena that drive disruptions, and how these impact labor, employment, and social policies and the business community. The Conference will also explore the various ways on how businesses could cope with, and adapt to, the drastic and radical changes brought about by these trends and phenomena so that they may be able to survive, compete, and grow.
NCE 39 intends to arm the Philippine employers in facing the uncertainties of the present, and both the foreseeable and unforeseeable futures, as well as highlight the role of the employers in shaping the policy environment that will ensure a leveled playing field where business will not only survive, but also thrive. The conference seeks to show that radical changes and disruptions do not always translate to destruction. There may be threats, but there are also incredible opportunities that may be seized through harmonious industrial relations, proactive public-private dialogues, and a welcoming perspective towards change and innovation.
The opening keynote will be delivered by the Vice President of the Republic of the Philippines, Maria Leonor Gerona Robredo. She will expound on the importance of establishing a closer partnership between government and business as a response to the fast-changing developments in the world of work. The closing ceremonies will be graced by the Secretary of the Department of Labor and Employment (DOLE), Hon. Silvestre Bello III, who is expected to discuss some important policy issues affecting labor management relations.