The informal economy consists of independent, self-employed small-scale producers and distributors of goods and services. Workers in this sector are for the most part not registered or recorded in official statistics and are beyond the reach of social protection and labour legislation.
Estimates put 40 to 80 per cent of Filipino workers in the informal economy Labor Force Survey data indicated increasingly informality. In the midst of the global financial crisis.
The ILO has carried out research and programmes to better understand informal work. While initially focused on productive and job-creating potentials, the office has begun to emphasize job quality issues including access to social security and workplace improvement. The office works with labour sectors in the Philippines to strategically support the growing sector, enhance the role of informal workers as contributors to the economy and provide such workers with the legitimacy and protection accorded other types of workers.