Workers in the informal economy are estimated to make up 80 per cent of the Phililppine workforce. They work under flexible arrangements (outsourcing and subcontracting), often at the margin of enterprises or at the lowest end of production chains. And they do odd jobs to make a living, working as vendors and street peddlers, small transport drivers of tricycles, pedicabs, and jeepneys, as well as on construction sites, on small-scale farms and at home.
From 2003 to 2005, the ILO implemented a Government of Norway-funded project to extend social protection to informal sector workers. The project, Strategies and Tools Against Social Exclusion and Poverty (STEP), built means for informal economy workers and their families to improve their lives through better access to health care.