DOLE Graduation Program: Building Resilience in the Philippines through Sustainable Livelihoods
COVID-19 brought major disruptions into the livelihoods of Filipinos especially in poor households and communities. ADB and Philippines Department of Labor and Employment, with technical support from BRAC, implemented a graduation pilot project that builds resilience by providing the participating households with a comprehensive and sequenced set of interventions in livelihoods promotion, social protection, financial inclusion, and social empowerment. During the COVID-19 pandemic, the households with food production livelihoods were able to feed their own family as well as supplied the community when the local markets were closed during the lockdown. The robust monitoring and remote check-in via phone enabled quick assessment and support to the evolving vulnerabilities of the households in two municipalities and three cities in Negros Occidental. Watch the video on Youtube
A Journey of Growth and Transformation: The DOLE Graduation Approach Project
The graduation approach is an innovation in social protection that builds on a foundation of social assistance with a holistic set of poverty reduction interventions aimed at tackling multiple facets of poverty. The Philippines Department of Labor and Employment (DOLE), in partnership with the ADB and with technical support from BRAC, implemented a graduation pilot project targeting 1,800 poor households in Negros Occidental, which was underpinned by a research agenda including a randomized control trial. Watch the video on YouTube
Asia Pacific Youth Symposium discusses the new normal post COVID-19
VP Bambang Susantono on 12 August 2020 delivered the opening remarks of the Asia Pacific Youth Symposium (APYS) celebrating International Youth Day. APYS is a series of knowledge sessions on youth economic empowerment and the 'new normal' impacted by the coronavirus pandemic. More than 700 registered participants interacted via Zoom in the first session, with an additional of about 2,500 joining via Facebook Live from across 40 countries.
ADB Youth for Asia and ImpactHub Manila hold record-breaking hackathon
ADB Youth for Asia and various ADB departments partnered with ImpactHub Manila in holding a hackathon on 30-31 October 2019. The event aimed to promote youth entrepreneurship and seek innovative solutions on issues related to agriculture, climate change, health, education, and smart cities. The initiative broke the Philippine record for the largest 24-hour hackathon ever held, with over 4,000 participants from 15 cities across the country.
VP Susantono opens first Asia-Pacific Social Protection Week
Vice-President Susantono, in remarks on 2 August at ADB headquarters, stressed the need to expand social protection in Asia and the Pacific to reach the 2.2 billion people without access to social protection benefits. See the photo
VP Susantono addresses conference on skills mobility in ASEAN
The Vice-President, in a keynote speech at the 2-day conference on 31 March in the ADB headquarters, highlighted the benefits and challenges of achieving skills mobility for an interconnected ASEAN community. The event discussed barriers and enabling factors in the realization of skills mobility to achieve greater integration in the region.
Key Indicators 2016 conference discusses jobs
Vice-President Susantono, in remarks at the Key Indicators for Asia and the Pacific 2016 conference on 13 January in Manila, stressed the importance of well-functioning labor markets and creating productive and well-paying jobs in achieving inclusive growth.
Philippine President Aquino addresses CCT event at ADB HQ
Philippine President Benigno S. Aquino III on 13 January gave a keynote address at the conference on Sustaining the Gains of Conditional Cash Transfers in the Philippines hosted by the Department for Social Welfare and Development. President Nakao made welcome remarks, emphasizing ADB's strong support for the Government's social protection agenda. See the photo.
Social protection index dissemination workshop in Nepal
ADB organized the SPI workshop on 10 December in Kathmandu. Government officials and development partners provided insights on the use of SPI for policymaking in Nepal.
Social protection index dissemination workshop in Viet Nam
ADB co-organized with the Ministry of Labor, Invalids and Social Affairs the dissemination workshop on SPI on 26 November in Ha Noi. Government officials and development practitioners from International Cooperation Department, Social Security, Vietnam Post, and research institutions provided insights on the utility of SPI for policy-making in Viet Nam.