Programmes and projects
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.
Promoting the Global Development Initiative with a Focus on South-South Cooperation in Employment in ASEAN
1 January - 31 December 2023
The Project aims to strengthen partnership that fosters South-South Cooperation, through the joint effort of China’s Ministry of Human Resources and Social Security (MOHRSS) and the ILO, by promoting implementation of the Decent Work Agenda in the fields of high-quality employment, public employment services and entrepreneurship development.
Resilient, Inclusive and Sustainable Supply Chains Asia (RISSC)
1 September 2022 - 31 August 2025
Funded by the Government of Japan, the RISSC project aims to build more resilient, inclusive and sustainable global supply chains as an entry point and catalyst for advancing decent work, addressing human and labour right risks, and building forward better from recent global disruptions, including COVID-19 pandemic.
Building Youth Capacity and Network in Asia Pacific
1 April 2022 - 31 March 2024
The ILO's technical cooperation project to empower 50,000 youth and vulnerable people using sustainable, scalable and impactful training tools in Bangladesh, Cambodia, Lao People's Democratic Republic, Philippines, Thailand and Timor-Leste.
Strengthening Labour Market Information Systems (LMIS) in ASEAN for better skills and employment policies
1 October 2021 - 30 April 2023
The project aims to increase capacity of ASEAN Member States to identify current skills mismatches, anticipate future skills needs and prevailing barriers to access by specific groups, and to generate evidence with a view to inform skills and employment-related policy formulation.
Bringing Back Jobs Safely under the COVID-19 Crisis in the Philippines: Rebooting Small and Informal Businesses Safely and Digitally
15 June 2021 - 31 December 2023
The ILO and the Government of Japan have partnered to help micro, small and medium enterprises (MSMEs) operate safely under the prolonged community quarantine and adapt to the New Normal business environment with improved workplace safety and health practices and better equipped to take advantage of the available digital tools and the expanding digital economy opportunities.
Promoting productive employment and skills development in BARMM: Assessing the economic and labour market situation and skills needs in the Bangsamoro Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao
1 May 2021 - 30 April 2022
With the support of the Australian Embassy in the Philippines, the ILO will undertake studies and consultations to better understand the skills development and labour market needs in BARMM and identify opportunities for policy making and programming.
Digital Wages for Decent Work
1 January 2021 - 31 May 2024
The project promotes the responsible transition from cash to digital wage payments for the benefit of workers, employers, and the government. Its target beneficiaries are small and medium sized enterprises that continue to pay cash-based wages and have an interest in digitizing their payroll and workers employed in these. The Philippines is one of the countries in which the project operates globally.
Improved social dialogue, tripartism and better application of basic rights on freedom of association and the right to collective bargaining
1 January 2021 - 31 December 2022
This intervention promotes social dialogue to improve the Philippines’ compliance with national and international labour standards in selected economic zones and is part of an integrated strategy that feeds into policy and legal reforms, including COVID-19 responses.
Trade for Decent Work Project
1 January 2021 - 31 December 2023
The ILO-EU Trade for Decent Work Project (Trade4DW) in the Philippines is part of the global Trade for Decent Work Project, which was established in 2019 by both the European Commission (EC) and the International Labour Organization (ILO) to help improve labour relations and working conditions, and ensure better application of international labour standards (ILS) in the EU’s trading partner countries, including the Philippines.
Rebuilding Better: Fostering Business Resilience Post-COVID-19
1 January 2021 - 31 October 2022
The Rebuilding Better project, supported by J.P. Morgan, supports women entrepreneurs in Malaysia, Philippines and Thailand to recover from the COVID-19 pandemic and adopt more sustainable and resilient business models by strengthening their access to vital support services.
Improved Workers' Rights in Rural Sectors of the Indo-Pacific with a Focus on Women
1 December 2020 - 30 November 2024
This ILO project, funded by the US Department of Labor (US DOL), aims to improve the promotion and compliance to labour laws, occupational safety and health, and gender equality in the rural sectors in the Philippines and Indonesia, with a focus on women workers.
Bridging Recruitment to Reintegration in Migration Governance: Philippines (BRIDGE)
27 October 2020 - 23 June 2023
This Joint Programme helps ensure that government initiatives for fair and ethical recruitment and reintegration are evidence-based, gender-responsive and coordinated, and seeks to translate evidence into policy and practices on recruitment and reintegration. Funded by the Migration Multi-Partner Trust Fund (MPTF), BRIDGE is being implemented in partnership with the International Organization for Migration (IOM), International Labour Organization (ILO), and United Nations Entity for Gender Equality and the Empowerment of Women (UN Women).
Achieving reduction of child labour in support of education: Programme to reduce the worst forms of child labour in agriculture sector in BARMM
1 October 2020 - 31 December 2023
The ILO and the Government of Japan through the ILO-Japan Multi-bilateral Programme have partnered to reduce the worst forms of child labour in agricultural communities in the Bangsamoro Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao (BARMM). The initial target provinces are Maguindanao and Lanao Del Sur.
Strengthened capacity of member States to ratify and apply international labour standards and to fulfil their reporting obligations
1 August 2020 - 31 December 2022
This intervention aims to strengthen constituents’ engagement on compliance with and reporting on international labour standards. It provides specific assistance in follow-up to the comments of the ILO’s supervisory bodies on the application of ILO conventions on Freedom of Association and Protection of the Right to Organise Convention, 1948 (No. 87), and the Right to Organise and Collective Bargaining Convention, 1949 (No. 98).
Future of Work in the Philippines: Assessing the impact of technological changes on occupations and sectors
1 April 2020 - 30 June 2021
With the support of the Australian Embassy in the Philippines, the ILO undertook research and consultations to better understand and measure the impact of technological change in the context of national strategies related to Industry 4.0, in particular the adoption of AI, as regards job disruption, transformation and skills development.
Skills for Prosperity Programme in the Philippines
1 November 2019 - 30 September 2023
This ILO-led programme funded by the United Kingdom Government aims to contribute to increasing national capacity to achieve sustained and inclusive growth through the enhancement of skills development and technical vocational education and training Systems
Skills for Prosperity in South-East Asia Programme
1 November 2019 - 30 September 2023
This ILO-led programme funded by the United Kingdom Government aims to contribute to increasing national capacity to achieve sustained and inclusive growth through the enhancement of skills development and technical and vocational education and training systems.
Improvement of Water Supply Equipment Management Capacity for the Establishment of Peace in Mindanao
1 April 2019 - 31 March 2022
The ILO and the Government of Japan have partnered to provide jobs and to promote peace through improved water supply and sanitation services in the Bangsamoro Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao (BARMM).
Industry Skills for Inclusive Growth (InSIGHT) Phase 2 - Philippines
15 March 2019 - 28 February 2022
The ILO InSIGHT Project with the Government of Japan will focus on a skills-driven approach as a sustainable pathway to support and maintain inclusive growth.
Industry Skills for Inclusive Growth Phase 2
14 February 2019 - 31 March 2022
The InSIGHT Phase 2 Project aims to explore and prove that a skills-driven approach is an appropriate ‘pathway’ to deliver inclusive growth in Asia.