Over 14 million people have had their lives turned upside down because of Typhoon Haiyan. More than 5 million workers have got their livelihoods lost or disrupted. ILO teams are on the ground creating emergency employment and helping stricken communities build back better.
For the past three years, the ILO, in partnership with migration-relevant government agencies, employers and workers’ organizations and civil society, has been implementing the European Union-financed project on “Decent Work across Borders”. The project focuses on raising awareness for the safe, ethical and decent migration and voluntary return of health-care professionals and skilled workers from the Philippines, India and Viet Nam to selected European member States.
The Philippines could add another 3.1 million jobs to its labour market as a member of the ASEAN Economic Community (AEC), expected to come into force in 2015. However, a new report says the country needs to boost skills training and social protection now in order to make the most of the single common market -- or else risk worsening poverty.
The ILO, with funding support from the EU, has been implementing the project “Promoting Decent Work Across Borders: A Project for Migrant Health Professionals and Skilled Workers” from February 2011 to November 2014.
Two-day training programme on the principles of and business case for ethical recruitment practices for recruitment agencies catering to international migrants and health professionals in particular for Philippines, India and Viet Nam recruitment agencies.
The ILO and the Asian Development Bank, with support from the ASEAN Secretariat, have conducted a study on ASEAN Community 2015: Managing integration for better jobs and shared prosperity. The report with the Philippine Country Brief will be launched in a high-level national policy dialogue.
The Philippine government has committed to restore electricity in all Typhoon Bopha (Pablo) affected areas within 45 days. The ILO supports this by applying a labour intensive approach and engaging workers for power restoration of five affected communities.
The Philippines is joining the “Red Card to Child Labour” global campaign to end child labour. The Red Card campaign was announced at the closing of the third Global Child Labour Conference in Brasilia last week, and has already gained the support of Hollywood stars as well as artists and athletes from the around the world.
Hollywood artists and international athletes support the ILO's Red Card campaign. Athletes from the US to the Philippines have also joined.
Jobs are the top priority for many of those whose livelihoods were shattered by Super Typhoon Haiyan. The situation is particularly challenging for women who lost their husbands and became head of household overnight.
Millions of workers have been affected by Typhoon Haiyan’s devastation, many of whom were in a vulnerable situation in the first place. The ILO has been responding by providing emergency employment programmes to help restore sustainable livelihoods. Several workers talked to ILO News on how they are trying to rebuild their lives.
The coming into force of the Maritime Labour Convention on 20 August 2013 has particular resonance in the Philippines – the world’s leading supplier of seafarers. As a result, Filipino seafarers will see huge improvements to their working conditions on board ships.
In May 2004, the World Health Assembly (WHA) petitioned the World Health Organization (WHO)to develop-in consultation with its Member States and all relevant partners - a code of practice on the international recruitment of health personnel as a global framework for dialogue and cooperation on matters concerning health personnel migration and health systems strengthening.
The ILO in partnership with other UN agencies, takes extra effort to support exclusive and continued breastfeeding in the workplace. A joint programme is deemed essential to promote an enabling environment and encourage women workers and nursing mothers to practice exclusive breastfeeding in the formal and informal workplace.
Migration trends have shown that skilled nurses and other health professionals while vital, are also globally scarce.