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. Interlocking Compressed Earth Blocks (ICEB) Production in Northern Cebu

    18 March - 31 July 2015

    In the northern part of Cebu province, about 95 per cent of public and private structures and houses were damaged. This has resulted to an increased demand for building materials, especially concrete blocks. A provincial ordinance in Cebu, however, has banned quarrying of sand to protect fish ecosystems. Hence, the search for alternative building materials seemed a unique opportunity to start a community-based enterprise that would produce alternative blocks.

  2. Integrated Livelihood Recovery for Typhoon Haiyan-affected Communities

    18 March - 31 July 2015

    Typhoon Haiyan devastated the Philippines: cities, towns and communities across the Visayas region were destroyed; roads blocked, and airports and seaports impaired; water supply and power were cut, with much of the food stocks destroyed. In addition to the immediate humanitarian crisis, the disaster left 6 million people stripped of their primary sources of income overnight; 2.6 million of these were in vulnerable employment before the typhoon hit, living at or near the poverty line.

  3. Coron Sawali Livelihood Development Project: Emergency Employment and Sustainable Livelihoods after Super Typhoon Haiyan (Yolanda)

    1 January - 30 June 2015

    Typhoon-hit residents in Barangay Guadalupe, Coron, Palawan are gradually getting back on their feet through an industry that most of them have known for decades: sawali production.

  4. Early Economic Recovery: Immediate Income Generation through Emergency Employment International Maritime Employers' Council's Support to Help Tacloban and Leyte Recover from the Super Typhoon Haiyan (Yolanda)

    1 January - 30 June 2015

    Through the support of the International Maritime Employers’ Council (IMEC), the International Labour Organization (ILO) implemented projects on emergency employment, clearing and retrieving electrical debris, repairing elementary schools and clearing and stockpiling fallen coconut trees, partnering with the Department of Labor and Employment (DOLE).


  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).

  2. Promoting the Right to Freedom of Association and the Right to Collective Bargaining (PHI/14/51/SID)

    1 July 2014 - 31 December 2015

    Freedom of association and collective bargaining rights, as outlined in ILO Convention No. 87 on Freedom of Association and Protection of the Right to Organise Convention (1948) and ILO Convention No. 98 on the Right to Organise and Collective Bargaining (1949) are fundamental human rights. These rights also promote sound labor market governance and can contribute to addressing inequality and poverty. The Philippines has ratified ILO Conventions 87 and 98. However, reports and decisions from the ILO’s supervisory bodies reflect restrictions on the exercise of these rights.


  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. Typhoon Bopha: Sustainable Livelihoods for Affected Communities

    1 May 2013 - 30 September 2014

    The Australian Government Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade (DFAT) supported the livelihood recovery initiative of the International Labour Organization (ILO) which applies the Employment Intensive Investment Programme (EIIP) as a post-calamity intervention in the three municipalities of Davao Oriental. Under the EIIP, local organizations were contracted to implement their post-calamity subprojects and activities aimed to help individuals and households recover from the impact of Typhoon Bopha. The subprojects supported by the EIIP were those that utilized a labour intensive and local resource-based approach which aligned with reconstructive works, livelihood recovery initiatives and green works and green jobs.

  3. 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.

  4. Nutrition Security and Maternity Protection through Exclusive and Continued Breastfeeding Promotion in the Workplace (NSMP)

    1 January 2013 - 27 February 2015

    The NSMP Project aims to promote exclusive breastfeeding (EBF) in the workplace in support of advancing women’s rights to maternity protection and to the overall goal of improving nutrition security for the Filipino children. It is identified as one of the components of the Maternal and Young Child Nutrition Security in Asia (MYCNSIA) Project of the UNICEF which aim to position nutrition security in the policy and development agenda.


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

    1 May 2012 - 13 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. The project promotes both bilateral and regional approaches to deal with shared concerns, make regionalism more effective, and enhance the capacity of institutions in ASEAN. The project objectives are in line with the strategic priorities of the ASEAN Labour Ministers Work Programme (2010-2015).

  2. 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.

  3. 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.

  4. 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. Programme on HIV and AIDS

    1 June 2011 - 31 December 2012

    People with HIV often suffer from stigma and discrimination. At the workplace, people with HIV often are denied basic employment rights, receive little or no social protection including health insurance coverage for HIV-related illnesses, and discriminated against by their employers and co-employees. HIV incidence rate in the Philippines is pegged at less than 1 per cent. This relatively low incidence masks an alarming increase in the number of new HIV infections from only one per day in 2006 to five per day in 2010 to at least one new case every three hours in 2012. According to the UNAIDS Global Report 2010, Philippines is one of only seven countries worldwide that has recorded more than 25 per cent increase in new HIV cases reported between 2000 and 2009.

  3. 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.