Feature articles

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2016

  1. Skills acquisition towards recovery

    30 May 2016

    While Ponciano delos Santos, Jr’s participation in one of the International Labour Organization’s (ILO) training programmes was thanks to a stroke of good luck, how he positioned himself to achieve his goals was the product of hard work and perseverance in the face of adversity, both natural and man-made.

  2. Climate-resilient path to recovery

    30 May 2016

    Lia participated in the water shed rehabilitation programme and for 15 days of work received Php260.00 daily minimum wage, three months' enrolment in social security and health insurance, a year of accident insurance, personal protective equipment (PPE) and hand tools.

  3. Helping one's self by helping others

    30 May 2016

    Marites Veleganio's new skill paved the way for her inclusion in the ILO’s Post-Haiyan Community Rebuilding for Northern Cebu Programme, which needed some skilled workers to assist the non-skilled hires. Marites participated in the construction of a training centre in a Gawad Kalinga housing development (village) in Medellin, Bantayan Island that would help its Haiyan-displaced residents secure better livelihoods.

2015

  1. How Philippines recovered from disaster through decent work

    23 November 2015

    In the wake of Typhoon Haiyan, and as climate change exacerbates weather-related disasters around the globe, the ILO is working with local communities to make them more resilient to future storms. At the forthcoming Paris Climate Conference (COP 21), the ILO will advocate that the climate change and decent work agendas are mutually supportive.

  2. Paving the road for migrant workers to journey towards a brighter future

    06 October 2015

    The ASEAN TRIANGLE Project(ATP) developed a Financial Education Course for ASEAN migrant workers. The curriculum includes a Trainers’ Guide which provides facilitators with step-by-step instructions on how to conduct the course, and a Financial Planner which is a workbook that participants use during the training. The course encourages migrant workers to engage their whole family in goal setting, budgeting, saving, investing and addressing issues that drain their resources. Thanks to the course, many migrant workers' lives have been changed - here is Annie's story.

  3. In their own voices

    02 March 2015

    An ILO-produced film documents the opportunities and obstacles on the path taken by migrant health-care workers from the Philippines.

2014

  1. The Philippines builds back better, greener, stronger

    07 November 2014

    Typhoon Haiyan struck the Philippines on November 8, 2013, in what was reportedly the country’s worst-ever natural disaster. More than 8,000 people lost their lives and over 14 million inhabitants, including 5.9 million workers, were affected. ILO emergency employment programmes were in place by December in the areas that were hardest hit. Special multimedia report from the Philippines a year after the storm.

  2. Why breastfeeding is a truck driver’s issue

    31 March 2014

    Truck driver Ronaldo Payda believes breastfeeding rights are a man's business too. He took up the cause after he and his wife saw the effects on their new baby. An ILO project is trying to build on such advocacy work, to help more working women keep their babies healthy.

  3. The daily struggle of a Haiyan widow

    24 March 2014

    Jobs are the top priority for many of those whose livelihoods were shattered by Super Typhoon Haiyan. The situation is particularly challenging for women who lost their husbands and became head of household overnight.

  4. The daily struggle of a Haiyan widow

    07 March 2014

    Jobs are the top priority for many of those whose livelihoods were shattered by Super Typhoon Haiyan. The situation is particularly challenging for women who lost their husbands and became head of household overnight.

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    100 days on, Haiyan survivors need more jobs to recover

    17 February 2014

    Millions of workers have been affected by Typhoon Haiyan’s devastation, many of whom were in a vulnerable situation in the first place. The ILO has been responding by providing emergency employment programmes to help restore sustainable livelihoods. Several workers talked to ILO News on how they are trying to rebuild their lives.

2013

  1. Haiyan survivors see hope in long-term employment

    20 December 2013

    Restoring livelihoods is a priority for workers affected by Typhoon Haiyan, which hit the Philippines on 8 November killing thousands of people and leaving millions homeless and jobless. As the recovery gathers pace, people are looking for sustainable sources of income to support themselves and their families.

  2. Rebuilding livelihoods after Typhoon Haiyan

    17 December 2013

    Within a few hours on Friday 8 November 2013, the super typhoon Haiyan (Yolanda) ripped through the Philippines, bringing death and destruction. The livelihoods of almost six million workers have been destroyed or disrupted. ILO teams have been on the ground since day one, supporting emergency employment and helping stricken communities build back better.

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    Preventing seafaring dreams from turning into nightmares

    21 August 2013

    The coming into force of the Maritime Labour Convention on 20 August 2013 has particular resonance in the Philippines – the world’s leading supplier of seafarers. As a result, Filipino seafarers will see huge improvements to their working conditions on board ships.

  4. Rebuilding a better future in the wake of typhoon Bopha

    25 January 2013

    Almost two months after Typhoon Bopha slammed the Philippines, survivors are still struggling to rebuild their lives. The ILO is helping give communities new livelihood prospects, but renewed flooding has affected aid efforts.

2012

  1. Domestic work is no longer a “domestic issue”

    05 September 2012

    The ratification of ILO Convention 189 on Decent Work for Domestic Workers by the Philippines this week breaks new ground in extending basic labour rights to the nearly 100 million of domestic workers worldwide. We look at what it will mean for these workers when the Convention comes into force next year.

  2. Building disaster-resilient communities in the Philippines

    29 August 2012

    Helping disaster survivors get back to work and support their families is a vital part of rebuilding lives and communities. At the same time these programmes – such as that run for survivors of Tropical Storm Washi in the Philippines - can help people learn new skills, so opening up new opportunities for the future. By Minette Rimando, Information Officer, ILO Country Office in the Philippines.

  3. On course for decent shipping

    20 August 2012

    When the ILO adopted the Maritime Labour Convention in February 2006, Director-General Juan Somavia called it “making labour history”. Following the ratification by Russia and the Philippines, the Convention will come into force in 12 months’ time. What does this mean for the world’s 1.2 million seafarers?

  4. The coop that helps to weave dreams

    08 August 2012

    A cooperative in the Philippines goes beyond lending money to indigenous people – it equips them with the skills they need to improve their businesses.

  5. Philippines: Boosting entrepreneurship to ease jobs crisis

    16 July 2012

    One third of the Philippines population live in poverty, and thousands head out every day to work abroad. The ILO is promoting entrepreneurship as an alternative to hard-to-get wage jobs and migration.