The Philippines is among the most vulnerable countries to climate risks and continues to face employment challenges amidst rapid economic growth. Volatility in employment can be traced in large part to impacts of climate change and the increasing frequency and intensities of extreme weather events - disrupting economic activity in all sectors.
The ILO has been supporting the Philippines in promoting green jobs, which are central to sustainable development and respond to the global challenges of environmental protection, economic development and social inclusion. By engaging governments, workers and employers as active agents of change, the ILO promotes the greening of enterprises, workplace practices and the labour market as a whole. These efforts create decent employment opportunities, enhance resource efficiency and build low-carbon sustainable societies.
The Philippines is also one of the pilot countries for the application of policy guidelines on Just Transition towards Environmentally Sustainable Economies and Societies for All. The pilot takes a two-track, capacity building approach aimed at enabling the Philippine government, workers and employers to leverage the process of structural change towards a greener, low-carbon economy to create decent jobs at scale and in a coherent manner.
This builds on past Green Jobs initiatives, including the UN MDG Fund Joint Programme on Climate Change Adaptation that supported economic diversification and resilience building through innovative risk transfer and integrated financial mechanisms for climate vulnerable farming communities; Greener Business Asia project on promoting sustainable workplace practices; and Green Jobs Asia project which resulted to the creation of an employment model for socialized housing and the green jobs mapping study.
For further information please contact:
Programme Assistant in Employment Policy and Job Creation
ILO Country Office for the Philippines (CO-Manila)
19th Floor, Yuchengco Tower
RCBC Plaza 6819 Ayala Avenue
1200 Makati City, Philippines
Tel: +632 580 9900 or 580 99 09