Ambassador Koshikawa Kazuhiko attended the launching of the new International Labour Organization (ILO) project dubbed: “Bringing back jobs safely under the COVID-19 crisis in the Philippines: Rebooting small and informal businesses safely and digitally,” in a virtual ceremony on July 15, 2021.

Other attendees who also gave their respective video messages were DOLE Secretary Silvestre H. Bello III, DTI Secretary Ramon M. Lopez and DICT Secretary Gregorio Honasan.

With a funding of US$2.2 million from the Government of Japan, this initiative seeks to support micro, small and medium enterprises affected by the COVID-19 pandemic through safer, more digitalized and productive work spaces.

The project is a new addition to the ILO DG’s Safety + Health for All Flagship program, which was launched in 2015. The Japanese government is a major contributor to the program and has previously funded several projects in Asia through it.

This project will contribute to the improvement of the safety and health of workers in MSMEs in the non-metropolitan regions of the Philippines and at the same time, and the negative socio-economic impact of the COVID-19 crisis mitigation.

Its target beneficiaries are the micro, small and medium-enterprises (MSMEs) and unemployed/underemployed resorting to alternative livelihood under the COVID-19 pandemic.

This project is implemented by the International Labour Organization (ILO) and the Government of Japan in collaboration with the Department of Labor and Employment, Department of Trade and Industry, Department of Information and Communications Technology and the National Anti-Poverty Commission.