ILO Country Office for the Philippines (CO-Manila)

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  1. Typhoon Yolanda (Haiyan) aftermath

    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.


  1. News

    Philippine Employment Trends 2015: Decent jobs crucial for inclusive growth

    A new report published by the ILO shows that the Philippine economy experienced robust rates of growth and made important gains in the labour market in recent years, however, more focus on decent and productive jobs is necessary to foster inclusive growth.

  2. Press release

    DSWD, ILO partner for sustainable livelihood

    The Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) and the International Labour Organization (ILO) today strengthened its partnership and signed a grant agreement to support sustainable livelihood and community enterprise development in regions affected by Super Typhoon Haiyan (Yolanda).

Events & meetings

  1. Stakeholders Workshop towards a Participatory Impact Assessment of Domestic Workers Situation in the Philippines

    24 - 28 April 2015, Mandaluyong City

    This workshop aims to assess the outcomes of the Batas Kasambahay and changes in the domestic work sector since its enactment by developing impact assessment methodology relevant and suitable to the priorities of the Philippine stakeholders and national context.

  2. ILO/DOH Training Workshop on Prevention of Pneumoconioses using the ILO International Classification of Radiographs of Pneumoconioses

    23 - 26 March 2015, Quezon City

    The Disease Prevention and Control Bureau (DPCB) of the Department of Health (DOH) in collaboration with the International Labour Organization (ILO) conducted a four-day training workshop on the “Prevention of Pneumoconioses using the ILO International Classification of Radiographs of Pneumoconioses”.

News items

  1. Regional cooperation to strengthen occupational safety and health

    Governments, employers and workers from 10 ASEAN member States and Pacific Island partners gathered in Manila to raise safety and health standards in the region.

  2. Power restoration in Mindanao worst typhoon-hit areas

    The Philippine government has committed to restore electricity in all Typhoon Bopha (Pablo) affected areas within 45 days.

  3. ILO pursues its medium-term rebuilding strategy in Davao Oriental

    Workers who lost their livelihoods to Typhoon Bopha (Pablo) are now part of rebuilding efforts in Mindanao. The ILO has accelerated its medium-term interventions on sustainable livelihoods with the support of the Australian Government’s Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade.

Feature articles

  1. Labour Migration

    In their own voices

    An ILO-produced film documents the opportunities and obstacles on the path taken by migrant health-care workers from the Philippines.

  2. The daily struggle of a Haiyan widow

    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.

  3. 100 days on, Haiyan survivors need more jobs to recover

    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.


  1. Be informed! Your ticket to decent work and safe migration

    The Philippine government and its many partners, including trade unions, recruitment agencies, professional organizations and other non-governmental organizations have, over the years, developed services, information material and programmes to provide timely quality relevant information and services to migrants.

  2. Local resource-based road maintenance in the Philippines: A guide

    This Guide has been prepared for LGU administrators and decision-makers from the provincial government level to the barangay (village).

  3. A practical guide for post-calamity response: the Philippine experience

    This Guide aims to encourage a positive and proactive approach to post-calamity response. The imagery of a country rising from destruction serves to inspire people to not only hope, but to believe that the ability to rise again lies in their hands.