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2014

  1. Tale of a Journey - Official Film Teaser

    12 May 2014

    Tale of a Journey features the experience of Filipino migrant health workers in Finland as it also brings in the perspective of sending and receiving countries. Government, employers and workers share their insights for a more balanced view of migration. The film is produced by the ILO Decent Work across Borders: A Pilot project for Migrant Health Professionals and Skilled Workers, with funding support from the European Union and in partnership with the Asia Pacific Film Institute.

  2. ILO to provide more jobs for typhoon Haiyan survivors in Philippines

    08 January 2014

    Philippines state television reports on the ILO's efforts to help create jobs for survivors of super typhoon Haiyan (Yolanda). Together with the Philippines Department of Labour and Employment, the ILO is running a short-term emergency employment programme, which will develop into longer-term activities including skills development training.

2013

  1. Rebuilding through emergency empoyment after Typhoon Yolanda (Haiyan) on ANC ShopTalk

    21 November 2013

    ABS-CBN News Channel's ShopTalk hosted by Ria Tanjuatco-Trillo interviewed ILO Director Lawrence Jeff Johnson on the impact of Typhoon Yolanda (Haiyan) on people's lives and livelihoods. Emergency employment must start on day one after the disaster.

  2. ABS-CBN Red Card to Child Labour

    01 October 2013

    ABS-CBN artists hold up the Red Card and lend their voices against child labour. In 2013, the Philippines has made significant progress in reducing the worst forms of child labour, but there are still 3 million Filipino children trapped in child labour, risking their health or even their lives and mortgaging their future. Spread the word and join the campaign to help children have a better future -- a future without child labour.

  3. US Ambassador to the Philippines and ILO: Red Card to Child Labour

    26 September 2013

    In 2013, the Philippines launched the Red Card to Child Labour. US Ambassador Harry Thomas, ILO Director Lawrence Jeff Johnson and ILO's International Programme on the Elimination of Child Labour Project Manager Giovanni Soledad hold up the Red Card to Child Labour. Child labour deprives girls and boys of their childhood, their potential and their dignity, and that is harmful to physical and mental development. What can YOU do to take action against child labour?

  4. Philippines: Hold up the Red Card to Child Labour!

    12 September 2013

    Phil and James Younghusband of the Philippine National Football Team hold up the Red Card to Child Labour. Over 3 million Filipino children are victims of child labour. A red card is used in sports like football to indicate a serious offense. Child labour, as a serious offense, deprives children of the chance to play, to study and to live a life with dignity.

  5. Landmark global treaty for domestic workers comes into force

    05 September 2013

    There are at least 53 million domestic workers worldwide, excluding child domestic workers. In an interview with Al Jazeera America, Lawrence Jeff Johnson of the ILO Country Office for the Philippines talks about the historic ILO Convention extending basic labour rights to domestic workers around the globe.

  6. Ending child labour: An interview with Lawrence Jeff Johnson on ANC Talkback with Tina Palma

    05 August 2013

    ABS-CBN News Channel's Talkback with Tina Palma interviewed Director Lawrence Jeff Johnson of the ILO Country Office for the Philippines on ending child labour in the Philippines. Talkback with Tina Palma is an interactive current affairs programme tackling political and social issues. Director Johnson along with officials of the Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) and the United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF) talked about what government, communities and citizens do to end child labour.

  7. Creating human security through local economic development

    15 May 2013

    In Bondoc Peninsula, south-eastern part of Quezon Province in the Philippines, people earn less than US$1 per day. Lack of decent work, extreme poverty and armed conflict pushed people to vulnerable employment and forced them to accept whatever work is available just to survive. The ILO, FAO and the Office of the Presidential Adviser on the Peace Process implemented projects on local economic development, in partnership with the Government of Japan and the UN Trust Fund for Human Security. These projects reached out to over 5,000 individuals, bringing decent work, much needed income, and hope for their families and communities. These projects must continue.

  8. Creating human security through local economic development (full 15-minute video documentary)

    15 May 2013

    In Bondoc Peninsula, south-eastern part of Quezon Province in the Philippines, people earn less than US$1 per day. Lack of decent work, extreme poverty and armed conflict pushed people to vulnerable employment and forced them to accept whatever work is available just to survive. The ILO, FAO and the Office of the Presidential Adviser on the Peace Process implemented projects on local economic development, in partnership with the Government of Japan and the UN Trust Fund for Human Security. These projects reached out to over 5,000 individuals, bringing decent work, much needed income, and hope for their families and communities. These projects must continue.

  9. Creating a competitive labour force: An interview with Lawrence Jeff Johnson on ANC Inside Business

    01 May 2013

    ABS-CBN News Channel's Inside Business with Coco Alcuaz interviewed Director Lawrence Jeff Johnson of the ILO Country Office for the Philippines and former Labour and Employment Secretary, Mr Bienvenido Laguesma as part of Labour Day 2013. Director Johnson talked about achieving sustained and inclusive growth through decent and productive work. Director Johnson further highlighted the need to address vulnerable employment and to enhance productivity and competitiveness in the Philippines.

  10. Preparing for and transferring risks, adapting to climate change

    09 April 2013

    In the Southern Philippines, farmers' lives and the weather are intimately interwoven, but something is changing, now that the rains in Agusan del Norte are too heavy, the sun shines too fiercely. Now there's hope for poor farmers with the community-based approach monitoring and Weather Index-Based Insurance packages, to warn people when heavy weather is on the way.

2012

  1. Harnessing Potentials, Restoring Dignity

    10 December 2012

    Over 500,000 indigenous peoples live in the Caraga Region in Southern Philippines. Indigenous peoples face development challenges including conflict, poverty, marginalization and lack of employment and livelihood opportunity. The ILO in partnership with the Government of Spain and Finland, implemented the Indigenous Peoples Development Programme (IPDP) through a convergence framework and culture sensitive strategy, reaching out to the Mamanwa, Mandaya and Manobo tribe. Indigenous peoples learn about their rights and establish a community enterprise using Sago Palm Flour that created employment and helped through a multiplier effect in the region.

  2. Ending child labour in the Philippines

    01 May 2012

    CNN's Kyung Lah reports on child labour in sugar harvesting in the Philippines. Many child labourers are in rural areas where families live in poverty. The Philippine government is trying to fight the problem, by reducing the worst forms of child labour by 75 per cent by 2015. In Northern Mindanao, the ILO, the Sugar Industry Foundation, Busco Sugar Milling and the Coca-Cola Foundation are building schools to remove children from sugar cane fields.

  3. Youth employment in the Philippines: An interview with Lawrence Jeff Johnson on Mornings@ANC

    12 April 2012

    Mornings@ANC of the ABS-CBN News Channel interviewed Director Lawrence Jeff Johnson of the ILO Country Office for the Philippines, on youth employment. According to the 2011 Philippine Labor Force Survey, 1.5 million young people, aged 15-24 were unemployed. On average, young people are more likely to be unemployed than adults. However, according to Director Johnson, even among those Filipino youth who were employed, 2.3 million were in vulnerable forms of employment in 2010. He said this is of equal or greater concern as young people are often left with little choice but to accept or create whatever work they can find, just so they and their loved ones can survive.

  4. ILO youth employment month national event in the Philippines

    29 March 2012

    Over a hundred youth leaders from the Philippines joined the youth employment forum, “Kahit Saan, Kahit Kailan: Marangal na Trabaho para sa Kabataan Matatagpuan (Any Time, Any Where: Decent Work for Young Filipinos). The forum served as an opportunity to review the draft National Action Plan for Youth and discus the challenges that face many young people today. To learn more, please visit: www.ilo.org/youth

  5. Employment opportunities for the youth: An interview with Ruth Georget on ANC Prime Time

    29 March 2012

    ANC Prime Time of the ABS-CBN News Channel interviewed Ruth Georget, Joint Programme Coordinator of the Millennium Development Goal Fund Joint Programme on Alternatives to Migration: Decent Jobs for Filipino Youth. She highlighted the need to strengthen labour market information to match the demand and supply. The Philippine government identified youth employment as a priority but what is crucial is policy coherence to ensure decent and productive work for the youth.

  6. Going back - Moving on: Philippines migrants return home

    26 March 2012

    This short video shows how successful interventions by an ILO project in the Philippines, supported by the European Commission, have empowered migrant workers returning, prematurely, from Europe to regain livelihoods back home. Working with the government's Overseas Workers Welfare Administration, the project has supported a group of women returning from Eastern Europe who've now set up their own co-operative in the Philippines. We follow the story of four returnees, the establishment of the co-op and their home-grown successful businesses.

2011

  1. Decent work for domestic workers - ILO and SM Cinema

    25 December 2011

    A public service message of the ILO Country Office for the Philippines in partnership with SM Cinema, the largest cinema exhibitor in the Philippines, highlights domestic workers as workers with rights like others and that decent and productive work starts at home. The 30-second message was featured in 38 digital theatres of SM Cinema nationwide. Seen through the eyes of a child, the message featured two domestic workers as they provide support and care for families, but not within the same working and living conditions. The message supports the Philippines in its commitment to protect the welfare of domestic workers.

  2. Social dialogue in the water utilities sector

    01 December 2011

    Demand for safe water continues to grow around the world. The International Labour Organization has launched an Action Programme on Strengthening Social Dialogue in the Water Utilities Sector in the Philippines as a response to the increasing demand of improving efficiency of water utilities in the country. The video highlights the crucial role of enabling employers and workers alongside the government through social dialogue to make water utilities more accessible to the public.