Decent Work and the UNDAF

Promoting Decent Work in the United Nations Development Assistance Framework (UNDAF) in the Philippines

The ILO contributes to the United Nations Development Assistance Framework (UNDAF) through the outcome on decent and productive employment for sustained, greener growth and other outcomes to support inclusive, sustainable and resilient development in the Philippines.

The Decent Work framework is established as one of the priority outcomes under the United Nations Development Assistance Framework (UNDAF), serving as a vehicle to elevate the priorities of the tripartite partners – government, employers’ and worker’s organizations – in the UN system and the overall national development frameworks.

The United Nations Development Assistance Framework (UNDAF for the Philippines 2012-2018
The current UNDAF for the Philippines, 2012-2018 comprises the outcome and sub-outcome strategic programme framework. One of the outcomes include “Decent and productive employment for productive employment for sustained, greener growth”. It seeks to expand and enhance the space for vulnerable groups – women, youth, the working poor, the vulnerably employed, migrants, indigenous peoples, and persons with disabilities – to access productive, decent and sustainable employment. The UN supports inter-linked objectives at both national and local levels relating to agriculture, industry and services, which will enable the enhancement of employment opportunities for target groups while addressing environmental sustainability, decent work and gender concerns.

Other UNDAF outcomes for the Philippines include: universal access to quality social services; democratic governance and resilience to disasters and climate change.

Strategic focus areas include:
  1. mainstreaming democratic and effective governance;
  2. youth;
  3. scaling up nutrition; and
  4. cross-sectoral approach to addressing HIV-AIDS.
In June 2015, the Philippines approved the UN strategic focus and priorities for 2015-2018, which includes the pursuit of nationally-defined, context specific Social Protection Floor.

The ILO works with the UN Country Team in the Philippines and participates in various UNDAF committees, thematic and working groups at various levels, including the programme management committees (PMCs) and communication. The ILO chairs outcome group on Decent Work and the UN Inter-Agency Indigenous Peoples Technical Working Group (UN IA IP TWG). It also works with other thematic and technical workings groups which include issues on Mindanao, youth and HIV/AIDS in the workplace.