Infrastructure for rural productivity

Infrastructure for Rural Productivity Enhancement Sector (INFRES)

To improve their living conditions, poor people require access to employment and basic goods and services. They can improve their situation through national and local investment in infrastructure that provides jobs.

The International Labour Organization (ILO) works with tripartite partners, the private sector and community representatives to orient infrastructure investment towards productive employment and improved access to basic goods and services. The ILO assists works through local participation in planning, enhanced skills, technology, materials and appropriate work methods to contribute to improve their own communities.

The employment potential of infrastructure investments is vast, but is often not realized as projects are often equipment-intensive. Capital-intensive approaches may be necessary for building airports, motorways or heavy bridges, but employment-intensive alternatives that use labour-based technologies are available for more basic infrastructure, and offer advantages in terms of creating local employment and incomes, as well as skills and capacities.

The ILO carried out a programme in the Philippines in partnership with the Government of Japan’s JFPR (Japan Fund for Poverty Reduction), managed by the Asian Development Bank (ADB) to increase incomes in rural areas through devolved management of projects and capacity-building. The office worked with local government units (LGUs) to optimize the use of local resources. It contributed to reducing rural poverty by increasing agricultural productivity and profitability, and continues this work through project work in Iloilo, Dolores in Eastern Samar and parts of Luzon.

For further information please contact:

ILO Country Office for the Philippines (CO-Manila)
19th Floor, Yuchengco Tower
RCBC Plaza, 6819 Ayala Avenue
1200 Makati City, Philippines
Tel. +632 580 9900
Fax +632 856 7597