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Understanding Philippine labor policies


  • Gigette S. Imperial

    (Department of Labor and Employment, Manila)


In order to come up with good recommendations on how to improve the labor policy environment, it is important to have a good understanding of the context of present labor policies—their foundations, purpose and role, and the realities facing their implementation. Much of the difficulty in reforming labor policy is due to the societal values labor policy is made to bear. Policy-makers before us have left a legacy of high labor standards that are protective of workers' rights and welfare, and a labor policy making and implementation process that is democratic.

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  • Gigette S. Imperial, 2004. "Understanding Philippine labor policies," Philippine Review of Economics, University of the Philippines School of Economics and Philippine Economic Society, vol. 41(2), pages 37-48, December.
  • Handle: RePEc:phs:prejrn:v:41:y:2004:i:2:p:37-48

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    Cited by:

    1. Sicat, Gerardo P., 2011. "Labor Policies and Philippine Companies: Analysis of Survey Opinions," Philippine Journal of Development PJD 2009 Vol. XXXVI No. 2, Philippine Institute for Development Studies.
    2. World Bank, 2013. "Minimum Wage Policy : Lessons with a Focus on the ASEAN Region," World Bank Other Operational Studies 16687, The World Bank.
    3. Gerardo P. Sicat, 2010. "Firm Characteristics as Determinants of Views on the Minimum Wage Policy," UP School of Economics Discussion Papers 201005, University of the Philippines School of Economics.

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    labor market policies; social policy; employment; Philippines;

    JEL classification:

    • J38 - Labor and Demographic Economics - - Wages, Compensation, and Labor Costs - - - Public Policy
    • J40 - Labor and Demographic Economics - - Particular Labor Markets - - - General


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