News and press releases

April 2011

  1. Window of opportunity for Asia to improve gender equality at work - ILO, ADB

    29 April 2011

    MANILA (ILO News): Asian countries have a window of opportunity to tackle gender inequality in their labour markets and support sustainable crisis recovery, according to a new report prepared jointly by the International Labour Organization (ILO) and the Asian Development Bank (ADB).

  2. ILO and ADB to issue joint report on situation of working women in Asia

    25 April 2011

    MANILA (ILO NEWS): A new report on how women are faring in the world of work will be issued by the by the International Labour Organization (ILO)* and the Asian Development Bank (ADB) on Friday 29 April, in the run-up to Labour Day on May 1.

  3. Climate Change Adaptation Demonstration Project (CCAP)

    07 April 2011

    Agusan del Norte is now among the few provinces in the Philippines well-equipped for Climate Information Monitoring and Early Warning.

March 2011

  1. ILO press conference to spotlight child labour in the Philippines - 5 April 2011, Quezon City

    31 March 2011

    MANILA (ILO News) – As the school year ends and millions of children in the Philippines look forward to their summer vacation, there are hundreds of thousands who will get no holiday – child labourers. These children – who are mostly from rural areas - have no choice but to keep working and earning to help their families, even if their workplaces are hazardous.

  2. ILO and EU join hands for overseas Filipino nurses

    15 March 2011

    The International Labour Organization (ILO) will implement a three-year technical cooperation project, “Promoting Decent Work Across Borders: A Pilot Project for Migrant Health Professionals and Skilled Workers”. The project will be funded by the European Union through its thematic programme on migration and asylum.

  3. Nightmare ends for trafficked sisters in Malaysia

    14 March 2011

    Determined to augment their parents’ income, Anna and Marie (not their real names) flew to Malaysia to work as food servers. They were easily convinced upon learning that they can earn Php 12,000, which means a lot for their family struggling to make both ends meet. But things did not happen as expected. They were sold and forced to work as domestic helpers without getting any pay for several months.

February 2011

  1. 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 farms 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.

January 2011

  1. Asia Pacific job recovery lagging economic growth, says ILO report: ILO Global Employment Trends 2011; cites concerns including inflation, youth unemployment, working poverty

    25 January 2011

    MANILA (ILO News) – With global unemployment, as officially measured, at record highs for the third straight year since the start of the economic crisis, the International Labour Office (ILO) warned that weak recovery in jobs is likely to continue in 2011, especially in developed economies.

October 2010

  1. ILO says long “labour market recession" worsens social outlook in many countries

    01 October 2010

    A new report by the research arm of the ILO says a long “labour market recession” is worsening the social outlook in many countries. The new study entitled “World of Work Report 2010 – from one crisis to the next?” acknowledges that three years into the crisis, the global economy has resumed growing, with some countries witnessing encouraging signs of employment recovery – significantly in emerging economies in Asia and Latin America.

August 2010

  1. RBAP partners with ILO & Gates Foundation to expand microinsurance to millions of low income Filipinos

    25 August 2010

    Rural Bankers Association of the Philippines (RBAP) research and training arm, the Rural Bankers Research and Development Foundation, Inc. (RBRDFI), will receive a US$ 100,000 grant from the International Labour Organization (ILO) under the Microinsurance Innovation Facility. This collaboration aims to support RBAP members in partnering with insurance companies to offer microinsurance.

  2. Youth unemployment at highest recorded level - ILO report; 36 million Asia Pacific young people unemployed – A possible “Lost generation”

    12 August 2010

    The global unemployment rate for young people has risen to its highest recorded level, and is expected to continue increasing until the end of 2010, a new report issued by the International Labour Organization (ILO) says.

July 2010

  1. New ILO Manila Director backs job creation, decent and productive work in the Philippines

    05 July 2010

    The new Director of the Country Office of the International Labour Organization (ILO) in Manila says he supports the Philippine government in its goal to promote decent and productive work. “With the economic crisis we have seen the largest increase in unemployment since the Great Depression,” said Mr Lawrence Jeffrey Johnson, the new Director of the ILO Country Office for the Philippines.

June 2010

  1. World Day against Child Labour - countries to "go for the goal" and tackle child labour

    10 June 2010

    As the football World Cup in South Africa kicked off, countries throughout Asia-Pacific marked World Day against Child Labour with an urgent appeal to "Go For the goal - end child labour".

April 2010

  1. ILO and FAO joint project brings new hope for poor Bondoc Peninsula folks

    08 April 2010

    The ILO and FAO have jointly designed a new project to improve the lives of poor residents of Bondoc Peninsula. The project will cover the four municipalities of Mulanay, San Narciso, Unisan and Catanauan. It aims to directly address extreme poverty and inequality identified as root causes of social unrest and armed conflict in Bondoc Peninsula.

March 2010

  1. ILO and FAO launch joint initiative to nurture peace, security and decent work in the Philippines; Government of Japan allocates 2.5 million USD for inter-agency programme

    04 March 2010

    The ILO and the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations will launch a new project to help fishers, farmers and workers in a Philippine province affected by conflict and natural disasters, in partnership with the Office of the Presidential Adviser on the Peace Process (OPAPP).

  2. ILO and FAO launch joint initiative to nurture peace, security and decent work in the Philippines: Government of Japan allocates 2.5 million USD for inter-agency programme

    04 March 2010

    The International Labour Organization (ILO) and the Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) of the United Nations will launch a new project to help fishers, farmers and workers in a Philippine province affected by conflict and natural disasters, in partnership with the Office of the Presidential Adviser on the Peace Process (OPAPP).

February 2010

  1. Climate change resiliency: helping Agusan del Norte farming communities

    24 February 2010

    Everyday farmers are facing the effects of El Niño or long dry spell. About one-half of the Filipino labour force is engaged in agriculture. Farms are drying up due to climate change which can have a huge impact of incomes of farmers. The International Labour Organization (ILO) highlighted the need for innovative ways to avoid further damage on crops and incomes of farmers.

  2. ILO donates computers to typhoon-affected regions: PESOs to provide job vacancy information and facilitate job registry

    15 February 2010

    The ILO donated computers to Public Employment Service Offices (PESO) in six regions of the Philippines affected by Typhoon Ondoy and Pepeng.

January 2010

  1. ILO global employment trends 2010 - unemployment reaches highest level on record in 2009

    27 January 2010

    The number of jobless worldwide reached nearly 212 million in 2009 following an unprecedented increase of 34 million compared to 2007, on the eve of the global crisis, the ILO said in its annual Global Employment Trends report.

December 2009

  1. Changing the way people see disABILITY

    03 December 2009

    Persons with disabilities often face lack of work opportunities or low wages compared to non-disabled persons. ILO estimates that people with disabilities represent 10 per cent of the world’s population, or some 650 million people worldwide. Approximately 470 million are of working age. In a forum on the “Right to Work of Persons with Disabilities” held in line with the International Day of Persons with Disabilities, the ILO Manila highlighted the need for decent work and equal opportunity.