News and press releases

August 2021

  1. ILO forecasts slow jobs recovery in ASEAN region

    13 August 2021

    Upward trend in COVID-19 cases and slow vaccine roll out likely to prolong the labour market crisis and hamper recovery.

  2. ILO, USDOL launch new project to support rural workers

    11 August 2021

    Men and women rural workers will benefit from a new ILO, USDOL partnership to support COVID-19 recovery through decent work, and improve health and safety at work, gender equality and labour law compliance in agriculture, fishing and mining in the Philippines.

  3. ILO, USDOL to launch new project to support rural workers

    09 August 2021

    The ILO with the support from the United States Department of Labor is launching a new project in the Philippines to improve compliance with labour laws, occupational safety and health and gender equality in rural sectors covering agriculture, fishing and mining.

  4. ILO to release new report 'COVID-19 and the ASEAN labour market: Impact and policy response'

    09 August 2021

    ILO forecasts slow jobs recovery in ASEAN region. Upward trend in COVID-19 cases and slow vaccine rollout likely to prolong the labour market crisis and hamper recovery.

  5. UN to launch joint research findings to diversify, upgrade Ph economy

    02 August 2021

    The COVID-19 led to massive disruption of the economy and labour market. It has also revealed vulnerabilities of sectors and firms. The UN in the Philippines, in collaboration with the ILO, UNDP and UNIDO conducted a joint research to diversify and upgrade the Philippine economy, which will be launched on Thursday, 5 August 2021.

  6. UN to launch joint research findings on gender-responsive, resilient MSMEs

    02 August 2021

    The Philippines endures the world’s longest COVID-19 lockdown halting operations of businesses and enterprises that led economic slowdown with severe implications for micro, small and medium enterprises. Yet, there are emerging opportunities to build a better normal, which UNIDO, UN Women, and the ILO have explored through a UN joint research, which will be launched on Wednesday, 4 August 2021.

July 2021

  1. Rebuilding Better project: Strong partnerships needed to assist women-owned small businesses in their recovery from COVID-19

    22 July 2021

    To kick-start the launch of the ILO and J.P. Morgan Rebuilding Better project, key stakeholders were invited to launch events across multiple ASEAN countries to discuss how women-owned small businesses in Southeast Asia can build greater resilience and be better supported in their recovery from the pandemic.

  2. ILO-Japan initiative targets safe return to work for small enterprises

    15 July 2021

    Small enterprises and alternative livelihoods will benefit from a new ILO project with the Government of Japan through safer, more digitalized and productive workplaces, which will help prevent the spread of COVID-19 at work and mitigate the impact on employment and the economy in the Philippines.

  3. Celebrating the anniversary of the ILO Violence and Harassment Convention, 2019 (No. 190) for a world of work free from gender-based violence and harassment

    13 July 2021

    A wide range of stakeholders came together on 24 June 2021 to discuss steps taken, lessons learned and paths forward towards eliminating violence and harassment in the world of work under the EU-UN Spotlight Initiative.

  4. Further policy strengthening required for green jobs to meet full ASEAN potential

    09 July 2021

    First of its kind regional study highlights policy readiness of Association of Southeast Asian Nations to green their economies and areas where additional policies are required to capture full potential of shift towards green jobs and a just transition.

June 2021

  1. © M. Crozet / ILO 2022

    Global agreement reached at ILO Conference on action for COVID-19 recovery

    17 June 2021

    The International Labour Conference has adopted a Global Call to Action outlining measures to create a human-centred recovery from the pandemic and avoid the long-term scarring of economies and societies.

  2. © Alex Proimos 2022

    10 years on, domestic workers still fight for equality and decent work

    15 June 2021

    On the tenth anniversary of the adoption of the Domestic Workers’ Convention, the COVID-19 pandemic has exposed continued vulnerabilities of domestic workers in the labour market.

  3. Informality and exclusion from labour laws remain barriers to decent work for Asia Pacific domestic workers

    15 June 2021

    Ten years after international convention, domestic workers still fight to be recognized as workers and essential service providers, says the ILO

  4. © Rod Waddington 2022

    Child labour rises to 160 million – first increase in two decades

    10 June 2021

    The International Labour Organization and UNICEF warn nine million additional children at risk as a result of COVID-19 pandemic.

  5. © JannHuizenga 2022

    Slow jobs recovery and increased inequality risk long-term COVID-19 scarring

    02 June 2021

    ILO projections highlight the danger of a COVID-19 labour market legacy of increased geographic and demographic inequality, rising poverty and fewer decent jobs.

  6. Systematic skills anticipation and matching strategies essential for inclusive economic recovery, say experts at ILO webinar

    01 June 2021

    The online event showcased successful approaches and lessons learned on developing effective skills and employment strategies and policies to reduce skills mismatches.

May 2021

  1. ILO, TESDA, UK-FSIP, Fintech Association of the Philippines and Fintech Alliance.PH hold Women in Fintech workshop

    26 May 2021

    The ILO, the Fintech Philippines Association and the Fintech Alliance.ph, collaborated for a Women in FinTech workshop with 130 scholars to give returning Overseas Filipino Workers an insight on working in the financial and technology industry.

  2. “Explosion” of micro-credential courses proves lifelong learning vital

    19 May 2021

    Conference re-emphasises lifelong learning is key to upskilling, re-skilling and the economic recovery, while recognizing the need for healthy skills ecosystems and quality education.

  3. ILO teams with J.P Morgan to support women entrepreneurs

    18 May 2021

    Women entrepreneurs in Malaysia, Philippines and Thailand looking to recover from the pandemic and build long-term business resilience can receive support through a new initiative launched by the International Labour Organization (ILO) and JPMorgan Chase Foundation.

  4. © Michel Curi 2022

    Long working hours can increase deaths from heart disease and stroke, say ILO and WHO

    17 May 2021

    The number of people working long hours globally has increased over time, to an estimated 479 million workers, or nine per cent of the global population.