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Prior to the COVID-19 pandemic, the Philippines was one of the fastest growing economies in Asia and on track to be a middle-income economy by 2022 (NEDA). 

The country has a large, young, and well-educated population, a key ingredient among emerging economies.

Yet the economic setback brought on by the pandemic highlighted the importance of a labor force that can keep pace with changing business and market landscapes. 

Employee well-being, enterprise competitiveness, and sustainable communities all depend on raising the income potential and productivity of the workforce. 

To achieve this potential requires coordination efforts across education, job training, health, and the environment in which employees live and work. The Philippine Chamber of Commerce and Industry (PCCI), with support from the Global Fund, has cultivated pioneering partnerships for workforce development that connect government, business, labor, and community organizations. Only through collaboration can PCCI realize synergies that turn complex problems into opportunities. 

By following the Kampala Principles for private sector engagement, PCCI and its partners aim to help Filipino workers adapt to the disruptions of the pandemic so that no one is left behind. The Kampala Principles sew together the expectations and responsibilities of partners to keep them on focus, deliver results, and ensure workers and communities have a stake in the outcome.

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