Feature articles

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2013

  1. 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.

  6. Life After Europe: A fresh start for migrant workers in their homeland the Philippines

    25 June 2012

    Migrant workers sometimes find overseas work not what was promised or expected. The ILO with support from the European Commission runs programmes to assist returned migrant workers from Europe. Ms Ignacio and Ms Myra Geron returned home from Romania and are prospering with their own businesses in the Philippines. By Allan Dow, Regional Unit for Partnership, ILO Regional Office for Asia and the Pacific

  7. After the storm: Rebuilding livelihoods in the Philippines

    02 February 2012

    Natural disasters destroy livelihoods but the aftermath also offers opportunities to create jobs and revitalise the economy as there will be high demand for construction and other recovery works. For the last ten years, the ILO has engaged in post-disaster reconstruction in countries in Asia and the Pacific, including China, Indonesia, Myanmar, Pakistan, the Philippines, Sri Lanka and beyond. So the Organization was also prepared to help when tropical storm Washi heavily affected villages and major cities in the Philippines last December. Minette Rimando from the ILO office in Manila reports.

2011

  1. The dreamweaver of Lake Sebu

    02 December 2011

    Story of Subi Nalon, the seventy-five-year-old inherited the skill from her mother and has been weaving t'nalak since he was 15.

  2. When development comes between 'social' and 'network'

    20 September 2011

    Through the International Programme on the Elimination of Child Labour (IPEC), the ILO has contributed to the Philippine programme against child labour, an essential tool that combines knowledge management, collaboration, social networking and programme management into one.

  3. Direct interventions set to end child labour in Northern Samar

    20 September 2011

    Guided by the results of the baseline survey, the Northern Samar Child Labour Committee along with local officials, planned and designed interventions on child labour.

  4. Philippines’ fight against hazardous child labour goes on-line

    12 June 2011

    (Manila, Philippines) Rodel Morcozo, a former child labour, now works for Senator Loren Legarda and is a strong advocate against child labour. To fight against child labour, the Philippines launched an internet site-- Child Labor Knowledge Sharing System. By Minette Rimando, Information Officer, ILO Country Office for the Philippines

  5. Mobile teachers educate 'seasonal pupils'

    28 February 2011

    Children from rural areas often skip classes while some even have to drop out of school to help their families in the farm during harvest seasons. The Department of Education (DepEd) said that these child labourers tagged as 'seasonal pupils' can still be saved through accessible educational services.

2010

  1. Saving for the future, protecting migrant workers and their families

    01 July 2010

    In the Philippines, migrant workers are covered by insurance but coverage excludes their family members. Often savings are used up when family members suffer from illness or die. Pioneer Life created an Overseas Filipino Workers Savers and Wellness Club to provide access to microinsurance and savings products. The ILO’s Communication officer Minette Rimando reports.

  2. Media for Labour Rights 2010 reporting award. "Filipino domestic workers : the struggle for justice and survival"

    18 June 2010

    The Third Annual Media for Labour Rights feature-writing prize has been awarded to Nina Corpuz, a journalist from the Philippines, for an article on domestic workers and the threats of trafficking and abuse that they face. The award is given by the ILO's International Training Centre in Turin.

2009

  1. Climate change in Asia: while awareness is increasing, the water is rising

    06 October 2009

    As global awareness on climate change increases, some regions of the world are already suffering from its consequences. In one such area in the Philippines, the ILO has launched a new project to lessen the impact of changing weather patterns on the local economy. This experience illustrates the challenge of adapting to climate change which will be one of the items on the agenda of Climate Change Talks involving 2,500 participants in Bangkok until 9 October to prepare for the UN Climate Change Conference in Copenhagen in December. The ILO’s Communication officer Minette Rimando reports.

  2. Climate change in Jabonga, Philippines - the water is already rising

    24 September 2009

    Gingging Poyo cuddles her baby after a day’s work. The 31-year-old mother is part of the maintenance staff of a lake resort in Jabonga. “I grew up in this place so I decided to settle here with my family,” she says. Jabonga, a town in the province of Agusan del Norte, Philippines, seems to have many natural advantages to offer a young family: a view of mountains, rock formations, underwater caves, waterfalls, diving sites and a fresh water lake. However, changing weather trends in Jabonga are affecting many residents, including Gingging and her family.

  3. Girls in gold-mining: “I don’t want my children to be like me”

    10 June 2009

    Over 18,000 girls and boys are engaged in mining and quarrying in the Philippines. For many generations, the search for gold in small-scale mining has been a means of survival for poor families. Girls in such work are particularly vulnerable. Minette Rimando, ILO press officer in Manila, wrote this report for ILO Online.

2008

  1. 9 August – International Day of the World’s Indigenous People 2008 – Organizing out of poverty: indigenous peoples in the Philippines

    07 August 2008

    There are more than 5,000 different indigenous peoples living in some 70 countries in the world. About 70 per cent of them are in Asia and the Pacific, mostly in rural areas. They often lack control over land and resources and face high levels of discrimination and poverty. ILO Online reports from the Philippines where indigenous peoples were able to organize themselves to have a stronger voice.

  2. Getting out of the mud: how the ILO helps typhoon victims in the Philippines

    27 March 2008

    In 2006, the Bicol region of the Philippines was hit by two typhoons affecting more than 200,000 families. A recent ILO mission to the country revealed that 30 per cent of the workers concerned were unemployed and many more in precarious jobs. Last February, the ILO opened a livelihood center in the region which is part of a capacity building programme for the victims. ILO staff member Minette Rimando reports from Manila.