Every year, the Employers Confederation of the Philippines (ECOP) holds its National Conference of Employers (NCE) to convene business leaders, corporate executives, and entrepreneurs to discuss issues that affect the business sector, and a forum to ventilate the sector position on significant national policy and socio-economic concerns. This year, the NCE will be held on May 23-24, 2013 at the Marriot Hotel, with the theme “Inclusive Growth: Vision, Prescriptions, and Actions,” in line with the inclusive growth and development policy put forth under President Benigno S. Aquino III’s Philippine Development Plan.

The Employees’ Compensation Commission (ECC), being a tripartite body that includes the employers sector in the agency’s policy and programs formulation, has consistently supported this annual endeavor of ECOP. ECC will again be one of the Partners in this year’s event, which will be attended by some labor leaders and cabinet members, such as DOLE Secretary Rosalinda D. Baldoz, DOF Secretary Cesar Purisima, and DTI Secretary Gregory Domingo. Vice President Jejomar Binay will give the Keynote Address on the Role of the National Government in Inclusive Growth. The President, his Excellency Benigno S. Aquino III, will give the closing Keynote and will confer the winners of the2013 Kapatiran sa Industriya (KAPATID) Awards, an awards activity which recognizes companies that have excelled in the field of industrial relations, quality and productivity, social accountability and strategic visioning and partnering for business and job survival.

ECOP is presently composed 523 members nationwide: business chambers, associations, federations, corporations, and other companies. It’s Chairman and one of its founding members is Atty. Miguel B. Varela who sits as the employers’ representative in the ECC.