Worker's Rights in Rural Sectors

Improved Workers' Rights in Rural Sectors of the Indo-Pacific with a focus on Women

This ILO and US Department of Labor (US DOL)’s joint initiative aims on improving promotion and compliance to labour standards in the agriculture, fishing and mining sectors in the Philippines and Indonesia, with focus on women workers.


The Project aims to contribute in ensuring and sustaining improved working conditions, especially for women workers, through the improvement and promotion of labor laws compliance in the rural sectors in the Philippines and Indonesia. The project seeks to improve the capacity of government, employers’ and workers’ groups in the promotion of compliance labor laws, OSH and gender equality in addressing critical labour issues in the rural sectors.

Project Outcomes

The Project will work closely with regional and country level partners to achieve the following target outcomes:

Long term outcomes

• National frameworks for compliance to labour laws, gender equality and occupational safety and health (OSH)in rural sectors are enhanced
• Enhanced enabling environment for the promotion and compliance on labor laws, gender equality and occupational safety and health (OSH) in rural sectors in pilot enterprises and communities

Medium term outcomes

• National and regional tripartite mechanisms of industry tripartite partners in (1) mainstreaming gender and sector specific labor issues in industry tripartite councils and (2) Occupational Safety and Health in line with ILO Convention No 187 are enhanced
• Enhanced and improved gender-responsiveness in government’s monitoring, enforcement and remediation on labor and OSH
• Mechanisms and structures that promote compliance to labour laws, gender, and OSH in the supply chain of rural sectors, pilot enterprises and their communities are enhanced

Short term outcomes

• Enhanced and improved gender-responsiveness of national and regional level tripartite systems for developing and promoting labour laws in target sectors.
• Promotional framework of industry tripartite partners for safety and health at work developed in the target sectors.
• Inspection policy and processes on sector-specific labour laws, OSH and gender issues are improved.
• Improved capacity of employers' and workers' organizations to promote compliance to gender, labour laws, OSH in the supply chain of target sectors.
• Community level mechanisms on addressing gender equality, labour laws, and OSH in pilot communities are established and operational.
• Gender-responsive workplace level mechanisms on labour laws compliance, and OSH are implemented.

Key Priority Activities

The project will focus on activities that aim to improve capacities of government and social partners through capacity building and competency-based programs and establishing and enhancing online systems; increase awareness of workers and employers’ organizations through the development of sector specific information, education and communication materials, and conduct of advocacy and education campaigns; and enhance gender responsiveness of systems and mechanisms in the rural sectors through gender supply chain mapping and localization and mainstreaming of gender laws and practices. Among the major project activities include, but not limited to: sectoral assessment and gender supply chain mapping; capacity building and competency-based programs; development of sector specific IEC, establishing and enhancing online systems; localization and mainstreaming of gender, labor laws and standards, and OSH; enhancing social dialogue.

Implementing Partners


Department of Labor and Employment (DOLE) and its relevant attached bureaus and agencies, Department of Trade and Industry (DTI), Department of Agriculture (DA), Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR), Bureau of Fisheries and Aquatic Resources (BFAR), Philippine Commission of Women (PCW), the National OSH Inter-Government Coordination and Cooperation Committee (OSH-IGC3) established under RA 11058, Employers’ Confederation of the Philippines (ECOP) their local chambers of commerce and member organisations belonging to these sectors, Sentro ng Progresibong Manggagawa (SENTRO), Federation of Free Workers (FFW), National Trade Union Congress (NTUC), Trade Union Congress of the Philippines -Associated Labour Unions (TUCP-ALU), other national and sectoral workers’ organisations, IndustriALL Global Unions, selected local government units, local workers’ groups, relevant civil society organisations and private compliance initiatives.


Ministry of Manpower (MoM), Ministry of Affairs and Fisheries (MoMAF), Ministry of Health (MoH), Indonesian Employers Association (APINDO), Indonesian Fisheries Association (GAPPINDO), Palm Oil Trade Union Network (JAPBUSI), Indonesia Tuna Association (ASTUIN), Indonesia Pole and Line and Handline Fisheries Association (AP2HI), and other local government units, sectoral business associations, and other workers’ groups.


ILO Country Office for the Philippines

Cerilyn Pastolero
Programme Manager
ILO Country Office for the Philippines