Press releases

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2016

  1. Accelerating the fight against child labour and promoting decent work for youth in the Philippines

    02 February 2016

    Important progress has been made in reducing children’s involvement in employment. However, child labour continues to effect an estimated 2.1 million children and efforts need to be intensified and accelerated to meet the goal of ending child labour.

  2. Report launch and national policy dialogue: Understanding child labour and youth employment outcomes in the Philippines

    29 January 2016

    Understanding Children’s Work, an interagency research programme of the ILO, UNICEF and World Bank, has conducted a study: Understanding child labour and youth employment outcomes in the Philippines. The Philippines interagency report will be launched along with a high-level national policy dialogue.

  3. Kasambahay (Domestic Workers) Day to highlight gains of landmark law for domestic workers

    24 January 2016

    On the third anniversary of the much heralded Kasambahay (Domestic Workers) Law, groups instrumental to its passage will gather once again to review the gains of the law for domestic workers.

2015

  1. ILO, UNICEF & WHO call for stronger support to women for breastfeeding infants at home and work

    20 August 2015

    The United Nations represented by the ILO, UNICEF and WHO call for a stronger support base in the Philippines to enable women to combine breastfeeding and work, in observance of Breastfeeding Awareness Month this August.

  2. ILO calls for greater partnership and sustainability in livelihood support following disasters

    27 July 2015

    On 6 August the ILO and its partners will convene to share key lessons, impact, and challenges in placing sustainable livelihood at the forefront of post-disaster relief, recovery, and development.

  3. Artists rock against child labour, mark Philippines Independence Day

    09 June 2015

    The Philippines marks Independence Day and joins the rest of the world for the World Day Against Child Labour 2015 with the Batang Malaya: Freedom from child labour open concert.

  4. Providing better working and living conditions for migrant fishers in the ASEAN region

    27 April 2015

    The issue of work in fishing is important for countries in Asia, including Southeast Asia. Over 87 per cent of the world’s fishers and 73 per cent of the global fleet of fishing vessels come from Asia (FAO, 2012). Cambodian and Myanmar migrant workers, for example, work on Thai vessels fishing in Malaysian and Indonesian waters; while beyond the ASEAN region, Vietnamese, Indonesian and Filipino fishermen also work on Korean and Taiwanese vessels.

  5. DSWD, ILO partner for sustainable livelihood

    09 March 2015

    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).

2014

  1. © Ted Aljibe / AFP 2016

    ILO initial estimates reveal 800,000 workers affected by Hagupit; stands ready to assist through emergency employment

    10 December 2014

    The ILO estimates 800,000 workers have been affected by Typhoon Hagupit, locally known as Ruby, with their source of livelihood damaged or disrupted overnight. In response, the ILO stands ready to allocate US$1.5 million and to support the government through emergency employment and sustainable livelihood.

  2. EU and ILO promote decent work for health professionals

    20 November 2014

    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.

  3. Philippines stands to gain 3.1 million jobs as part of AEC common market

    08 October 2014

    Decisive policy action now is a must in order for the Philippines to benefit from the ASEAN Economic Community (AEC).

  4. Philippine launch and high-level national policy dialogue on the ASEAN Community 2015: Managing integration for better jobs and shared prosperity

    29 September 2014

    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 on Wednesday, 8 October 2014.

  5. Promoting a people and job-centred approach to disaster response

    25 September 2014

    The International Labour Organization (ILO) and the Australian Government will bring together community leaders from areas hit by Typhoon Bopha (also named Pablo) in a forum to discuss a people and job-centred approach to disaster response.

  6. ILO Meeting to discuss ways to improve skills development in Asia-Pacific

    18 July 2014

    An International Labour Organization (ILO) meeting is expected to roll out new action plans to improve skills development in Asia and the Pacific.

  7. EU, ILO and IOM join forces to promote ethical recruitment

    02 April 2014

    Many migrants continue to be exposed to the risk of being lured into exploitative employment by unscrupulous brokers. The ILO, IOM and the EU convene Asian recruitment agencies in Manila to discuss ways to improve migration governance systems, ethical recruitment and the professionalization of the industry.

  8. Japanese Government donates US$3 million to help Typhoon Haiyan victims

    13 March 2014

    The Japanese Government is to fund a US$3,000,000 project to help the victims of Typhoon Haiyan rebuild their livelihoods.

  9. TESDA, ILO aid typhoon survivors with training and tools

    06 March 2014

    The Technical Education and Skills Development Authority and the ILO signed a partnership agreement to help thousands of people affected by Haiyan through skills training, decent work and sustainable livelihoods.

  10. Lessons from Japan's tsunami response to aid Philippines Typhoon Haiyan victims

    19 February 2014

    A high-level ILO delegation from the Philippines agreed during a visit to Japan that creating decent work opportunities will be the key to the long-term success of the response to Typhoon Haiyan.

  11. Rebuilding livelihoods after super typhoon Haiyan

    05 February 2014

    Three months after Super Typhoon Haiyan hit parts of the Philippines, the ILO response programme is expanding with the support of the Governments of Norway and Japan, the International Maritime Employers’ Council and other partners.

  12. ILO: Sustainable livelihoods key for post-Haiyan recovery

    07 January 2014

    Building on years of experience, the ILO is helping survivors of Super Typhoon Haiyan restore their livelihoods by supporting the government in providing emergency employment, skills training and enterprise development.