Green Jobs in Asia - Philippines

The ILO works with Philippine counterparts to enhance capacities of workers’ and employers’ organization to contribute fully to the development and implementation of just transition measures of green jobs at the national level, including policy frameworks such as the Decent Work Program, the National Jobs Pact, the Medium Term Development Plan of the Philippines and the National Climate Change Action Plan.

The effect of financial crisis and climate change has brought about major shift of labour market arrangements in Asia including the Philippines. The need for a sustainable and climate resilient economy is more pressing than ever, especially in the areas of economic productivity, decent work and environment friendly economic activities.

The project, funded by the Government of Australia, is one of the green jobs initiatives of the ILO. The project’s goal is to enhance capacities of its constituents - government, workers and employers, to undertake just transition measures including green jobs governance, greening of enterprises and decent work. Key strategies are assistance to policies, research and communication, capacity building, demonstration project, knowledge sharing and assistance to tripartite structure formation.

Through social dialogue and action learning as main approaches, the Green Jobs in Asia Project intends to help lay the ground for the creation of green jobs in the Philippines in areas of energy efficiency or renewable energy; basic industry especially construction; solid waste management; and agriculture, fishery and forestry which includes natural resource management/protection.

For further information please contact

Ms Carmen Apduhan Baugbog
National Programme Coordinator
Green Jobs in Asia-Philippines
19th Floor Yuchengco Tower
RCBC Plaza 6819 Ayala Avenue
1200 Makati City, Philippines
Tel. +632 580 9900 or 580 9910

By Alexander Kucharski, Employment Policy and Statistics Intern

The ASEAN Occupational Safety and Health Network (ASEAN-OSHNET) in collaboration with the ILO/ Korea Partnership Programme organized a ‘Training-of-Trainers’ Workshop on Risk Assessment, Control and Management: Key Components of an Occupational Safety and Health Management System between the 10th and 12th of February 2015.

The aim of the workshop was to strengthen the capacity of authorities and social partners in the key components of Occupational Safety and Health (OSH) systems to ensure that workers across the region enjoy and healthy and safe workplace. The attendees of the workshop included tripartite representatives from government and workers’ and employers’ organizations from the 10 ASEAN countries (Brunei Darussalam, Cambodia, Indonesia, Lao PDR, Malaysia, Myanmar, Philippines, Singapore, Thailand, Viet Nam) as well as Timor-Leste and Papua New Guinea. The participants shared their experiences and best practices in risk assessment, control and management measures also focusing on OSH in small and medium enterprises, vulnerable employment and the informal economy.

Occupational Safety and Health systems not only have a direct effect on workers but also on the economy as a whole. ‘By taking a close look at working conditions and productivity, we also contribute to the goal of reducing poverty and achieving sustainable and inclusive growth in the region’ said Lawrence Jeff Johnson, Director of the ILO Country Office for the Philippines.

The need for increasing efforts in strengthening OSH systems was also stressed by Secretary Rosalinda Baldoz of the Department of Labor and Employment (DOLE). The Secretary stated that ‘the conduct of this trainers’ workshop comes at a most auspicious time as it will address the need to intensify the advocacy to have a safe and healthy working environment not only in our respective countries but in in entire ASEAN region including our pacific island partners of Timor-Leste and Papua New Guinea’

Since its founding, the ILO has been committed to promoting and supporting Occupational Safety and Health. The ILO Country Office for the Philippines has been working with the government to enhance the labour inspection system and with workers’ and employers’ organizations to build the capacity to deliver OSH services to their members. The ILO has also ensured integration of safety and health into other initiatives such as skills development, enterprise development and post-disaster response.

Further information

  1. Green Jobs in Asia