News and press releases

January 2017

  1. Philippines bolsters fight against child labour

    12 January 2017

    The Philippines ushers in the New Year with programmes to intensify its fight against child labour. These initiatives include a first comprehensive project on child labour with set up of helpdesks, a new project on child labour in gold mining, and a new child labour module in the conditional cash transfer programme.

November 2016

  1. ASEAN’s governments, workers and employers recommend strengthening social protection to build better resilience to disasters

    22 November 2016

    ILO and ASEAN member States gather in Manila to share their experiences, and learn from countries in other regions on practices using social protection measures to prepare and respond to natural disasters.

  2. ILO: Safety and health culture crucial in the Philippines

    17 November 2016

    The ILO highlights the need for a safety and health culture especially among young workers in the Philippines to prevent workplace accidents, injuries and illnesses.

September 2016

  1. ILO and DOLE hold area wide consultations on labour inspection

    30 September 2016

    The ILO, through the USDOL funded project on Building the Capacity of the Philippines’ Labour Inspectorate has conducted a series of area-wide consultations to validate the gap analysis for ILO Conventions on labour inspection and the Proposed Labor Laws Compliance System (LLCS) Bill.

  2. Senate hearing on labour contractualization

    27 September 2016

    The Senate Committee on Labor, Employment and Human Resources has conducted a hearing on labour contractualization, in which the ILO was among the resource speakers.

August 2016

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    ILO launches a new project for fair recruitment in Philippines

    03 August 2016

    A new ILO initiative aims to protect workers travelling abroad from unfair and deceptive hiring practices.

July 2016

  1. ILO to launch new Fair Recruitment project in the Philippines

    27 July 2016

    The ILO will launch a new project on Fair Recruitment in the Philippines. The 2-year project aims to establish fair recruitment corridors to prevent exploitation of migrant workers, to provide migrant workers with access to reliable information and services, and to share global and national knowledge about recruitment and engagement with the media.

February 2016

  1. Accelerating the fight against child labour and promoting decent work for youth in the Philippines

    02 February 2016

    Important progress has been made in reducing children’s involvement in employment. However, child labour continues to effect an estimated 2.1 million children and efforts need to be intensified and accelerated to meet the goal of ending child labour.

January 2016

  1. Report launch and national policy dialogue: Understanding child labour and youth employment outcomes in the Philippines

    29 January 2016

    Understanding Children’s Work, an interagency research programme of the ILO, UNICEF and World Bank, has conducted a study: Understanding child labour and youth employment outcomes in the Philippines. The Philippines interagency report will be launched along with a high-level national policy dialogue.

  2. Kasambahay (Domestic Workers) Day to highlight gains of landmark law for domestic workers

    24 January 2016

    On the third anniversary of the much heralded Kasambahay (Domestic Workers) Law, groups instrumental to its passage will gather once again to review the gains of the law for domestic workers.

  3. ILO and DOLE provide emergency employment after Typhoon Melor

    13 January 2016

    The International Labour Organization and the Department of Labor and Employment provided immediate assistance to the local governments and the vulnerable workers affected by Typhoon Melor (Nona) to help the communities quickly rebuild their lives and livelihoods through the emergency employment programme.

August 2015

  1. ILO, UNICEF & WHO call for stronger support to women for breastfeeding infants at home and work

    20 August 2015

    The United Nations represented by the ILO, UNICEF and WHO call for a stronger support base in the Philippines to enable women to combine breastfeeding and work, in observance of Breastfeeding Awareness Month this August.

July 2015

  1. ILO calls for greater partnership and sustainability in livelihood support following disasters

    27 July 2015

    On 6 August the ILO and its partners will convene to share key lessons, impact, and challenges in placing sustainable livelihood at the forefront of post-disaster relief, recovery, and development.

June 2015

  1. Artists rock against child labour, mark Philippines Independence Day

    09 June 2015

    The Philippines marks Independence Day and joins the rest of the world for the World Day Against Child Labour 2015 with the Batang Malaya: Freedom from child labour open concert.

May 2015

  1. Japanese Delegate Visits Project Sites in Northern Cebu

    19 May 2015

    A visiting Japanese delegation came away impressed from a field mission to a number of ILO’s project sites in Northern Cebu.

  2. The International Labour Migration Statistics (ILMS) Database for ASEAN (ASEAN Labour Migration Statistics) is now on the Asia Pacific Migration Network!

    19 May 2015

    The database, created by the Canadian Government-funded ASEAN TRIANGLE Project, gathers together a range of statistical sources relating to international migrants and international migrant workers in the ten ASEAN Member States in order to fill an important knowledge gap.

April 2015

  1. Providing better working and living conditions for migrant fishers in the ASEAN region

    27 April 2015

    The issue of work in fishing is important for countries in Asia, including Southeast Asia. Over 87 per cent of the world’s fishers and 73 per cent of the global fleet of fishing vessels come from Asia (FAO, 2012). Cambodian and Myanmar migrant workers, for example, work on Thai vessels fishing in Malaysian and Indonesian waters; while beyond the ASEAN region, Vietnamese, Indonesian and Filipino fishermen also work on Korean and Taiwanese vessels.

  2. Philippine Employment Trends 2015: Decent jobs crucial for inclusive growth

    22 April 2015

    A new report published by the ILO shows that the Philippine economy experienced robust rates of growth and made important gains in the labour market in recent years, however, more focus on decent and productive jobs is necessary to foster inclusive growth.

March 2015

  1. DSWD, ILO partner for sustainable livelihood

    09 March 2015

    The Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) and the International Labour Organization (ILO) today strengthened its partnership and signed a grant agreement to support sustainable livelihood and community enterprise development in regions affected by Super Typhoon Haiyan (Yolanda).

February 2015

  1. Regional cooperation to strengthen occupational safety and health

    15 February 2015

    Governments, employers and workers from 10 ASEAN member States and Pacific Island partners gathered in Manila to raise safety and health standards in the region.