The Philippines continues to prepare for the future of work
09 Sep 2019
Austrade Manila recently organised a Future of Work Symposium on behalf of
Macquarie University in Makati City, Philippines. The symposium focused on
the implications of the future of work on the labour market.
As the lines between human and machine intersect, the future of work
remains uncertain among Filipinos. So much is being said about how the
Fourth Industrial Revolution is shaking up the working world, with
predictions stating that thousands of jobs could soon be lost to
According to an online survey covering six Association of Southeast Asian
Nations (ASEAN) members which the World Economic Forum published on 16
August 2019, more than half of Filipino youth want to go abroad to secure
employment, while the Philippines had the smallest percentage of this
segment saying they would like to stay in the country to work.
In terms of acknowledgement of the need for “lifelong learning”, Gillian
Cortez of Business World 2019, states that the Philippines had the highest
percentage of respondents who believe their “current education and skills
are already out of date.”
The Future of Work Symposium’s program provided an interactive panel
discussion on the issues facing businesses in an environment of digital
transformation, required skills for employability in the new workforce and
challenges related to hiring, on-boarding and training people.
The event was attended by over 50 high-level representatives across
multiple sectors including government, private sector and academia.
As a value add to Macquarie University's program in Manila, Austrade
organised a speaking opportunity for Dr Lan Snell at a business briefing of
the Australian-New Zealand Chamber of Commerce at Clark, Pampanga.
Around 30 Australian businesses, business process outsourcing centres and
multinational companies based in the Clark Freeport and Economic Zone
attended the event.
For more information, please contact
Grace Halcon or Kimberley Cuesta,