News and press releases

March 2021

  1. Learning to make TVET and skills systems inclusive for all

    31 March 2021

    The ILO provides practical training on social inclusion for partners in the Philippines.

  2. Lanao del Sur launches biggest water system with ILO, Japan, MOLE

    30 March 2021

    A new water system built by community members under the ILO Japan Water and Sanitation Project connects six villages in Lanao del Sur to provide clean and safe water, promote decent work and contribute to peacebuilding in the Bangsamoro region amid COVID-19.

  3. UN Philippines rallies behind govt's Jobs Summit to address record-high unemployment

    26 March 2021

    UN Philippines commits support for Government to address Philippine unemployment which, at 10.4 per cent, is the highest the country has seen in 15 years.

  4. Creating a green recovery pathway for the Philippines

    12 March 2021

    Building a better future of work and charting a greener economy can lead to an inclusive and sustainable recovery from the COVID-19 pandemic according to Dr Selva Ramachandran, UNDP Philippines Resident Representative and Director Khalid Hassan of the ILO Country Office for the Philippines in a joint Op-Ed.

February 2021

  1. The ILO and JPMorgan Chase Foundation join forces to support women entrepreneurs impacted by COVID-19

    02 February 2021

    The ILO and JPMorgan Chase Foundation have signed a new agreement for the ILO to implement the ‘Rebuilding Better: Fostering Business Resilience Post-COVID-19’ project. Targeting women entrepreneurs in Malaysia, Philippines and Thailand, the project will provide support for businesses to recover from the pandemic and adopt more sustainable and resilient business models.

January 2021

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    ILO: Uncertain and uneven recovery expected following unprecedented labour market crisis

    25 January 2021

    The latest analysis of the labour market impact of COVID-19 by the ILO, records massive damage to working time and income, with prospects for a recovery in 2021 slow, uneven and uncertain unless early improvements are supported by human-centred recovery policies.

  2. Decent work for fishing and seafood migrant workers in Asia Pacific

    20 January 2021

    European Union and United Nations continue efforts to support safe labour migration and decent work in the fishing and seafood processing sectors in South East Asia

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    Homeworkers need to be better protected, says the ILO

    13 January 2021

    The dramatic increase in working from home due to the COVID-19 pandemic has highlighted the poor working conditions experienced by many homeworkers who, prior to the crisis, numbered an estimated 260 million people worldwide.

  4. ‘Voices’: Real people, true stories from the world of work

    04 January 2021

    The ILO welcomes 2021 with an innovative, multimedia platform that focuses on first person stories that take readers on a journey into the world of work.

December 2020

  1. Overcoming the soft skills gap and COVID-19 challenges for women factory and office workers

    17 December 2020

    The ILO, in partnership with the Employers Confederation of the Philippines (ECOP) and Nestlé piloted the first In Business Online Soft Skills Training to develop soft skills of women and to support their livelihoods during COVID-19.

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    81 million jobs lost as COVID-19 creates turmoil in Asia-Pacific labour markets

    15 December 2020

    Pandemic leads to huge reduction in working hours, reverses job growth and pushes millions into working poverty.

  3. Virtual conference reinforces a need to make skills development accessible for all

    11 December 2020

    The International Labour Organization’s Skills for Prosperity Programme in the Philippines sheds light on value of gender equality and social inclusion in technical and vocational education and training.

  4. Lifelong learning key to ‘the new normal’, concludes a virtual conference

    04 December 2020

    The e-forum highlights opportunities for technical and vocational education and training during and after COVID-19.

November 2020

  1. Safe and Fair Philippines celebrates International Day of Ending Violence against Women

    25 November 2020

    Babaeng Biya(hero), the national campaign of Safe and Fair Philippines formally launches actress Maine Mendoza as celebrity champion and continues its commitment in providing more Filipina migrant workers with information and assistance that will support them in achieving a safe and fair migration experience.

  2. ILO Peer Learning Hub for Enterprises in Asia Pacific launched

    13 November 2020

    With enterprises hard hit by COVID-19 and in-person business trainings halted, the ILO Peer Learning Hub for Enterprises in the Asia-Pacific makes training programmes and enterprise support accessible to all.

  3. Safe water, decent work in BARMM amid COVID-19

    09 November 2020

    Households and schoolchildren now have better access to safe water in Maguindanao through a water system built by community members and indigenous peoples under an ILO and the Government of Japan partnership.

  4. ILO, TESDA launch online STEM in TVET curriculum guide workshop

    04 November 2020

    Over 100 technical-vocational trainers in the Philippines participated in a five-day ILO- Technical and Vocational Education and Training (TVET) Online Curriculum Guide Workshop on Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM).

October 2020

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    Asia-Pacific garment industry suffers as COVID-19 impact ripples through supply chain

    21 October 2020

    Collapsing consumer demand, government lockdown measures and disruptions to raw material imports have taken their toll on the Asia Pacific garment industry, says a new ILO report.

  2. ILO to release new report on the effects of COVID-19 on Asia-Pacific garment supply chains

    19 October 2020

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    Critical gaps in social protection hampering Asia-Pacific region’s resilience to COVID-19

    15 October 2020

    Despite their rapid socioeconomic ascent, most countries in the Asia-Pacific region have weak social protection systems riddled with gaps, says a new report.