The National Employment Recovery Strategy (NERS) 2021-2022 serves as the government’s masterplan for the recovery of the labor market adversely affected by the pandemic. Its implementation through the NERS Task Force was first conceived on 5 February 2021, before it was instituted by the President on 25 June 2021 through Executive Order No. 140.

Anchored on the Updated Philippine Development Plan 2017-2022 and ReCharge.PH, the NERS takes a whole-of-society approach in the development and implementation of a national strategy that addresses the social and economic issues arising from the lingering pandemic.

The Task Force, composed of 20 government agencies led by DTI, DOLE, and TESDA, meets with employer groups, labor sector representatives, and other civil society organizations to address pressing concerns affecting the labor market and to enter into collaborations tackling these issues.

Its objectives are:

    • To create a policy environment that encourages generation of more employment and entrepreneurship opportunities
    • To improve employability and productivity of workers
    • To provide support to existing and emerging businesses.

On 1 May 2021, during the TGER-NERS Job Summit on Labor Day, the Task Force formally presented its 8-Point Employment Recovery Agenda, which included priority actions structured along the four target outcomes of the NERS operational framework: restarting economic activities, restoring consumer and business confidence, upgrading and retooling the workforce, and facilitating labor market access.


The NERS Task Force is guided by this framework which puts businesses and workers at the center of a whole of society approach to achieve the following outcomes in an enabling environment supported by good governance and infrastructure:

    1. Restarting economic activities,
    2. Restoring business and consumer confidence,
    3. Upgrading and retooling the workforce, and
    4. Facilitating labor market access