The ILO Country Office for the Philippines operates a wide range of programmes and projects. Details of each programme and project can be found below.


  1. International Programme on the Elimination of Child Labour (IPEC) - Country Level Engagement and Assistance to Reduce Child Labour (CLEAR)

    31 December 2014

    To continue the momentum and further support the Philippine government to reduce by 75 per cent all worst forms of child labour in the country by 2015. A project through a US Government-funded project called CLEAR aims to enhance the capacity of the Philippines to reduce child labour by supporting its actions addressing the recommendations contained in the "Finding on the Worst Forms of Child Labor Report" of the US Department of Labor (USDOL).


  1. Decent work and livelihood response to Zamboanga conflict

    3 October 2013

    ILO initial estimates show that 46,000 workers have had their source or livelihood suspended or lost due to the conflict in Zamboanga City and surrounding areas in southern Philippines. Operations of industries such as canning and plywood, which generate income and boost the economy of Zamboanga, have been suspended.

  2. Programme for Local Economic Development through Enhanced Governance and Grassroots Empowerment

    16 January 2013 - 16 July 2015

    The ILO is implementing PLEDGE jointly with the BDA as its key partner. The PLEDGE will work with the government agencies and business communities and will align its work with the other relevant development programmes being undertaken in conflict-affected areas in Mindanao, through the Mindanao, through the Mindanao Trust Fund, the World Bank and other multilateral and bilateral agencies.


  1. Tripartite Action for the Protection and Promotion of the Rights of Migrant Workers in the ASEAN Region (ASEAN TRIANGLE project)

    1 May 2012 - 31 December 2016

    The Project aims to significantly reduce the exploitation of labour migrants in the region through increased legal and safe migration and improved labour protection.

  2. Promoting the Effective Recognition and Implementation of the Fundamental Rights of Freedom of Association and Collective Bargaining in the Philippines

    12 March 2012 - 30 June 2014

    This project emanates from observations and concerns expressed by the ILO supervisory bodies regarding difficulties in the exercise of the fundamental rights of freedom of association and collective bargaining.

  3. Making Decent Work a Reality for Domestic Workers - Philippines

    1 January 2012 - 31 December 2013

    The ILO launched efforts to uphold the rights of domestic workers including the Philippines. The “Making Decent Work a Reality for Domestic Workers” (DOMWORK) project blazed the trail leading the establishment of a network of ILO’s partners including non-government organizations, civil society organizations, the academe, the informal economy workers group, and faith-based organizations.


  1. Promoting Decent Work through Integrating Employment in Industrial Policies and Sectoral Strategies in Southeast Asia

    1 July 2011 - 30 June 2012

    As countries across the Asia and the Pacific region recover from the global economic crisis, many countries are looking to strengthen the foundations for a more inclusive and sustainable future through the promotion of job-rich growth. In Indonesia, the Government is taking forward a pro-growth, pro-poor, pro-job and pro-environment development strategy.

  2. Promoting Decent Work Across Borders: A Project for Migrant Health Professionals and Skilled Workers

    1 February 2011 - 31 July 2014

    The International Labour Organization (ILO), with funding support from the European Union (EU), is to implement a programme called Promoting Decent Work Across Borders: A Project for Migrant Health Professionals and Skilled Workers.


  1. Green Jobs in Asia - Philippines

    1 August 2010 - 1 June 2012

    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.

  2. Nurturing Peace, Security and Decent Work through Local Development in Conflict Areas

    10 March 2010 - 28 February 2013

    Bondoc Peninsula of Quezon Province is locked in a time-warp. It appears quiet and bucolic until one looks deeper. There are few cows and sheep; commercial activity is rudimentary. Bondoc Peninsula has missed out on development in large part because of conflict.


  1. MDG-Fund Joint Programme on Ensuring Food Security and Nutrition for Children 0-24 Months Old in the Philippines

    2 November 2009 - 30 April 2013

    The ILO, in collaboration with other UN partner agencies, promote maternity protection in the work place. This Joint Programme, with support from the Government of Spain through MDG achievement Fund, seeks to promote the advocacy and interventions that will create enabling environment and encourage women workers and nursing mothers to practice exclusive breastfeeding in the formal and informal workplaces in the three Joint Programmes cities - Naga City, Iloilo City and Zamboanga City.

  2. International Programme on the Elimination of Child Labour (IPEC) Towards a Child Labour Free Philippines

    1 September 2009 - 30 September 2013

    The ILO works with local partners to combat child labour in the country through a US Government-funded project that looks at improving information management, consolidating partnerships, developing models and sustaining efforts to withdraw and prevent children from working.

  3. MDG Fund Joint Programme on Alternatives to Migration: Decent Jobs for Filipino Youth

    1 July 2009 - 30 June 2012

    Funded by the Government of Spain through MDG Achievement Fund, ILO together with UN country team agencies IOM, UNICEF, and UNFPA, supports the nation’s vision of a productive and competitive youth by exploring alternatives to migration. This Joint Programme is with the support from the Government of Spain. With DOLE as the lead implementing government partner. The Decent Jobs for Filipino Youth project looks at improving policy coherence to improve the employment situation for youth, and works through public-private partnerships to put young women and men into jobs.

  4. The Indigenous Peoples Development Programme (IPDP): Caraga, Philippines

    15 June 2009 - 31 December 2013

    The ILO works with indigenous peoples through enabling policies that engage them in exercising a full range of rights, including those delineated in the Philippine Constitution, the Indigenous Peoples’ Rights Act (IPRA) and the nation’s medium-term development plans.

  5. Greener Business Asia

    1 June 2009 - 31 December 2012

    Building capacity to achieve greener workplaces and sustainable enterprises through worker-employer cooperation.

  6. Promotion of Equality and Decent Work for Women: Prevention of Human Trafficking, Protection of Domestic Workers and Capacity Building for Gender Equality

    31 March 2009 - 30 April 2010

    Funded by the Government of Norway, ILO works with social partners in supporting DWCP outcomes through a programme that has contributed to the prevention of human trafficking, the protection of domestic workers and capacity building for gender equality.

  7. Going back – Moving on: Economic and Social Empowerment of Migrants

    1 February 2009 - 31 May 2012

    In many European countries, Thai and Filipino women are among the largest group of women migrant workers.


  1. MDG F Joint Programme on Climate Change Adaptation: Climate Resilient Farming Communities in Agusan del Norte

    1 December 2008 - 30 November 2011

    The ILO works with UN agency and local and national partners to help communities to access resources and reduce risk to disasters triggered by climate change. The project explores risk transfer mechanisms including revolving funds and insurance schemes, and assists farmers to diversify their livelihood base and reduce risk exposure.


  1. Economic and Social Empowerment of Returned Victims of Trafficking in the Philippines and Thailand: The Philippine Component

    1 May 2006 - 31 May 2009

    The project aimed to contribute to the reduction of trafficking in children and women for sexual and labour exploitation in Asia, through support to a humane reintegration process of returned trafficked victims back to their countries of origin.

  2. The Indigenous Peoples Development Programme (IPDP): Lake Sebu, Philippines

    2 January 2006 - 31 December 2010

    Mindanao is known for its colourful indigenous cultural traditions and natural resources. The indigenous peoples of the T’boli and Ubo tribes make up 55 per cent of Lake Sebu’s population.