Workers’ skills must be developed, Duterte tells ASEAN business sector

Vivienne Gulla, ABS-CBN News

Posted at Jun 23 2019 02:20 AM

Duterte called on the ASEAN Business Advisory Council to help develop the skills of workers in Southeast Asia, as emerging technologies reshape labor demand. File/George Calvelo, ABS-CBN News

BANGKOK—President Rodrigo Duterte on Saturday called on the ASEAN Business Advisory Council (ABAC) to help develop the skills of workers in Southeast Asia, as emerging technologies reshape labor demand.

“With the fourth industrial revolution, we need your support in upskilling the ASEAN workforce,” Duterte said in a speech delivered during the ASEAN Leaders’ Interface with Representatives of the ABAC here.

“The ASEAN-BAC’s legacy project called the ASEAN Human [Empowerment and Development] is an important platform for this.”

Duterte said he is pleased to see progress in the ASEAN Mentorship for Entrepreneurs Network (AMEN), a project launched during the Philippine chairmanship of the ASEAN in 2017. 

The ABAC organized the said network to help small entrepreneurs gain access to capital and markets to sell their goods.

The President had also encouraged Thai business leaders to either invest or expand their operations in the Philippines, which he said boasts of a "fast-learning workforce" and a "corruption-free business climate."