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2016

  1. Benefitting from climate-resilient responses
 to disaster

    21 September 2016

    Armed with hope to start anew, Fedelino Montecino joined the International Labour Organization’s (ILO) training on contour farming, in an effort to recover from the devastation of Super Typhoon Haiyan (Yolanda).

  2. Alternative livelihoods after a disaster

    21 September 2016

    Even as Super Typhoon Haiyan (Yolanda) took away people’s livelihoods, many displayed a firm resolve to secure alternative ways to earn a living. One such individual was Marina Tudtud of San Remigio, Northern Cebu.

  3. Involving youth in community rebuilding

    20 July 2016

    Sawali weaving is an art in Barangay Guadalupe in Coron, Palawan. Rochelle delos Angeles is a nineteen-year-old who is not only continuing the tradition but also helping to bring it into the future.

  4. Turning disaster into opportunity

    20 July 2016

    Carlon Cayadong of Ormoc City turned the devastation caused by Super Typhoon Haiyan (Yolanda) into an opportunity to place himself in a better situation as a worker.

  5. Providing alternative livelihoods after a disaster

    20 July 2016

    A few months after the emergency employment phase, Marina Tudtud joined the ILO-supported reconstruction of a causeway in Barangay Batad, San Remigio. They repaired and widened the causeway that connected markets in surrounding barangays, facilitating the flow of agricultural goods between two municipalities by cutting the travel time from two hours to 30 minutes.

  6. Immediate recovery from disaster through emergency employment

    30 May 2016

    With the minimum wage she earned in the 15-day Emergency Employment programme she was able to buy food for her son. She was also enrolled in social security, accident and health insurance, and received personal protective equipment (PPE).

  7. 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.

  8. 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.

  9. 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.