News and press releases

August 2018

  1. Philippines hosts trade union regional forum on decent work for peace and resilience

    21 August 2018

    International Labour Organization (ILO) estimates revealed that around 1.5 billion people live in countries experiencing situations of fragility and armed violence, and another 200 million people are affected by slow or sudden onset of disasters. In the Asia-Pacific region, about 93 per cent of people in extreme poverty live in countries that are environmentally vulnerable, politically fragile or both. Trade unions are expected to play a key role to address conflicts and disasters in the region.

  2. ILO and POEA launch nationwide anti-illegal recruitment campaign in the Philippines

    02 August 2018

    The Philippine Overseas Employment Administration (POEA), with the support of the ILO, has launched a campaign to prevent illegal recruitment of migrant domestic workers.

July 2018

  1. New online portal help Overseas Filipino Workers rate recruiters

    25 July 2018

    Workers organizations and trade unions in the Philippines will launch a new web platform, to help protect migrant workers from abusive employment practices through user reviews of recruitment agencies.

June 2018

  1. ILO, TESDA opens 175 Technology Scholarships for Women

    21 June 2018

    Full scholarships in animation, game creation and web development are open to women ages 18 to 45 years old. ILO and TESDA, with the support of JPMorgan Chase Foundation have opened 175 scholarships for more women in the Philippines to venture in Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) related careers.

  2. EU, business and labour org host forum on labour standards and trade, discuss decent work and sustainable trade in Philippine value chains

    05 June 2018

    The Delegation of the European Union to the Philippines (EUD), the European Chamber of Commerce of the Philippines (ECCP), the EU-Philippines Business Network (EPBN), and the International Labour Organization (ILO) have come together to host a forum entitled Labour Standards and Trade: A Discussion on Decent Work and Sustainable Trade in Philippine Value Chains.

May 2018

  1. Philippines pioneers responsible and ethical gold brand in Fashion Week

    26 May 2018

    The Philippines blazed the trail for responsible and ethical gold from artisanal and small-scale gold mines (ASGM) with the launch of the Compassionate Gold brand at the Philippine Fashion Week. The Compassionate Gold is among the innovative solutions to address child labour and to promote decent work.

April 2018

  1. New online ratings help migrant workers avoid unscrupulous recruiters

    11 April 2018

    A new web platform aimed at migrant workers lists user reviews of recruitment agencies. By helping migrants avoid falling for false promises, the website is an important tool to promote fair recruitment.

March 2018

  1. © ILO/Marcel Crozet 2018

    Promoting responsible supply chains in Asia

    22 March 2018

    A new joint action by the European Union, the ILO and the OECD on responsible supply chains will promote corporate social responsibility (CSR)/responsible business conduct (RBC) with regard to decent work, environmental sustainability and respect for human rights.

January 2018

  1. Philippines tops ILO Global Media Competition on Labour Migration

    16 January 2018

    The ILO has announced the winning stories of the 2017 Global Media Competition on Labour Migration, of which two came from the Philippines.

December 2017

  1. ILO announces the four winners of the 2017 Global Media Competition on Labour Migration

    18 December 2017

    To mark this year’s International Migrants Day on 18th December, the ILO has announced the four winners of its 2017 Global Media Competition on Labour Migration.

November 2017

  1. Over half of the elderly in Philippines have no pension

    30 November 2017

    A universal pension can propel Philippines towards reaching global social protection standards.

  2. Achievements of Indonesian Youth at the 21st World Congress on Safety and Health at Work 2017

    16 November 2017

    Nine youth from Indonesia were selected from amongst more than 350 applicants to participate in a establishing a new international network of 125 ‘Youth Champions for OSH’ aged 15 – 24 from 29 countries during the SafeYouth@Work Congress organized by ILO at the invitation of the XXI WCSH International Organizing Committee (IOC) and in close collaboration with the Singapore Ministry of Manpower (MoM).

  3. ASEAN leaders sign Consensus on the Protection and Promotion of the Rights of Migrant Workers

    14 November 2017

  4. ILO welcomes ASEAN forum recommendations to ensure labour rights protection to domestic workers

    02 November 2017

    10th ASEAN Forum on Migrant Labour (AFML), held in Manila, concluded with adoption of a strong set of recommendations that recognize domestic workers as workers in ASEAN.

June 2017

  1. The road to clean energy: Policy coherence and convergence of actions key to a just transition

    23 June 2017

    The Good and Decent Jobs, Skills, and Entrepreneurship for a Just Energy Transition Workshop gathered over 80 representatives from governments, enterprises, workers, financial institutions and development partners to discuss the future of work for a clean energy and just transition with a panel of experts. The workshop is part of the Asia Clean Energy Forum 2017.

  2. ILO: Prevent child labour, protect children in conflict and disaster

    14 June 2017

    Children put their lives in danger as they are pushed to child labour and trafficking in conflicts and disasters. Almost 70 million children are affected by natural disasters each year and 250 million children live in areas affected by armed conflict.

  3. ILO launches media competition and Youth4OSH project in the Philippines

    05 June 2017

    To build a safety and health culture among young Filipino workers, the ILO launches the Youth4OSH Project and invites young people to join the SafeYouth@Work Media Competition. Winning entries for photo, film, song, story, poster/drawing and the unique Surprise Us category will get the chance to travel to Singapore in September 2017 and to present their winning piece due on 30 June 2017.

April 2017

  1. © ILO/Maxime Fossat 2018

    Flash mob, toolbox talks rally workplace safety in the Philippines

    27 April 2017

    Youth rise up against workplace accidents and illnesses through flash mob and toolbox talks to mark the 2017 World Day for Safety and Health at Work in the Philippines.

January 2017

  1. Philippines bolsters fight against child labour

    12 January 2017

    The Philippines ushers in the New Year with programmes to intensify its fight against child labour. These initiatives include a first comprehensive project on child labour with set up of helpdesks, a new project on child labour in gold mining, and a new child labour module in the conditional cash transfer programme.

November 2016

  1. ASEAN’s governments, workers and employers recommend strengthening social protection to build better resilience to disasters

    22 November 2016

    ILO and ASEAN member States gather in Manila to share their experiences, and learn from countries in other regions on practices using social protection measures to prepare and respond to natural disasters.