Pasig City - International Labor Organization (ILO) Central Office Manila Director Khalid Hassan graced the General Membership Meeting of the members of the Philippine Constructors Association (PCA), Inc. last January 31, 2017 at Discovery Suites, Ortigas Center Manila.
In his guest speaker speech, Hassan raised awareness on how climate change can impact the working environment of today as he tackled about “Green Jobs and the Just Transition.”
“There is no escaping from the climate change, it is affecting the economic growth and employment today,” Hassan said pointing out the threat posed by climate change on the sustainability and prosperity of the society.
He further identified the risks posed by climate change on jobs and incomes as 1) Job losses, 2) Damage to business assets, 3) Impacts on productivity, and 4) Forced migration. As an example, Hassan recounted the 2013 tragedy caused by Typhoon Haiyan in the Philippines which affected over 5.9 million workers.
The Just Transition: Leaving no one behind
While climate change becomes an inevitable part of urban development, the ILO Director urged that specific actions can still be done in order to counter its detrimental effects. Which is why, as Hassan expressed, switching to green jobs and embracing decent work is essential.
“A just transition means that the burden of change that benefits everyone will not be placed disproportionately on a few,” Hassan stated. “A just transition for all implies that responses to climate change should maximize opportunities for decent work creation and ensure social justice, rights and social protection for all leaving no one behind.”
According to Hassan, construction is among the 8 key sectors who are expected to play a central role in shaping a greener economy. While the sector contributes greatly to global GDP, it also contributes the most to global GHG emissions. However, Hassan said the industry also possesses the greatest potential reducing it.
In 2007, the ILO launched the first green jobs initiative. In the Philippines, there now have Philippine Green Building Code and Philippine Green Jobs Act. xxx