The ILO Country Office for the Philippines (CO-Manila) publishes a wide range of books, reports, working papers, training manuals, CD-ROMs, videos and flash movies. Some of these can be downloaded directly. Others can be requested or purchased in hard copy from the ILO Knowledge Centre in Manila or by email.


  1. Using Indonesian law to protect and empower Indonesian migrant workers: Some lessons from the Philippines

    20 July 2006

    In Indonesia, the number of migrant workers, particularly female migrant workers, going overseas to work, continues to grow, and the remittances sent back to Indonesia by migrant workers now constitute one of the largest sources of foreign income for Indonesia, and thereby makes a significant contribution to the country’s economy and development.

  2. Protecting domestic workers from their vulnerability to forced labour and trafficking: A training tool for foreign service officers, staff officers and attaches corps

    06 June 2006

    The project was conceptualized as an offshoot of the regional project of the ILO on "Mobilizing Action for the Protection of Domestic Workers in Southeast Asia".

  3. Indigenous people's management of change: Experience of the Kankanaey community in Sagada, Mountain Province

    25 May 2006

    Change is an inevitable thing in this world. And, if it is inevitable, the effort of coping with and learning to manage change is an activity that summons the highest form of attention. There are forces that may cause this change.

  4. Report on training on labour standards and collective bargaining for domestic workers

    23 May 2006

    The training objectives were to: (a) provide SUMAPl members with information on core labour standards and how these relate with issues of domestic workers such as debt bondage and forced labour; (b) formulate plans on how to integrate issues revolving around core Iabour standards issues into SUMAPl (and, consequently, future organizing initiatives) core messages and approaches; and (c) develop a plan of action to pilot, and, later on, upscale initiatives based on the first objective.

  5. Equality at work: Philippines

    10 May 2006

    Achieving equality in the workplace is attracting attention in the Philippines and elsewhere in the drive to respect the fundamental rights of workers and boost productivity.

  6. Economic and social empowerment of returned victims of trafficking in the Philippines and Thailand: The Philippine component

    01 May 2006

    The project hopes to reach out to 150-200 returnees per year. The target shall not be limited to official returnees but shall attempt to trace unofficial returnees through various networks.

  7. Araw ng Kasambahay (National Domestic Workers Day)

    30 April 2006

    This year's "Araw ng Kasambahay" carried the theme: "Kilalanin ang halaga ng mga kasambahay Batas Kasambahay, agad na ipasa!" (Recognize the value of domestic workers, Pass the domestic workers bill now!). It was marked by a national celebration in the National Capital Region (NCR) and simultaneous events in key cities like Batangas, Cebu, Bacolod, Iloilo and Davao. In the regions, there was a week-long celebration highlighted by media guestings, multisectoral dialogues, distribution of advocacy materials and provision of services to kasambahays.

  8. Infrastructure for rural productivity enhancement sector final report

    30 April 2006

    The ILO has been collaborating with the Department of Agriculture-Infrastructure for Rural Productivity Enhancement Sector (DA-InfRES) Project aimed to strengthen local capacity on rural infrastructure development. InfRES with funding support from the Asian Development Bank is designed to reduce poverty by improving agricultural profitability through provision of rural infrastructures such as farm-to-market road, water supply and communal irrigation, facilities for local government units in Region 4-B.

  9. Organizing community based domestic workers for decent work: Research profiling survey report write-up

    31 March 2006

    The objective of this research is to establish a profile of domestic workers who live in the target area community and find out the possibilities of initiating income-generating activities that would augment the income and support for the family.

  10. Ethical guidelines on the employment of domestic workers

    15 February 2006

    The Ethical Guidelines consolidate the position of the Employers Confederation of the Philippines (ECOP) regarding the employment of domestic workers, based on the round table discussions in March 2006 as well as other relevant positions of the organization.


  1. Organizing community based domestic workers for decent work

    30 December 2005

    This project aims to identify community where domestic workers are based. Initially, the Dagat-dagatan area, where the city of Caloocan and the municipalities Malabon and Navotas is the locality being eyed. It is an urban poor relocation area with 300,000 residents.

  2. Employers’ demand for child labour in the pyrotechnics and fashion accessories industries in the Philippines

    15 December 2005

    This study endeavours to examine employers’ decisions based on differences between adult and child labour, and the demand rationale for employing children.

  3. Reference guide and tools on health micro-insurance schemes in the Philippines

    15 November 2005

    The development of the guide and tools was made possible and implemented by the ILO Subregional Office for South-East Asia and the Pacific and ILO’s global programme, Strategies and Tools against Social Exclusion and Poverty (STEP) in the Philippines, funded by the Government of Norway. It was undertaken in the framework of the National Plan Action for Decent Work in the Philippines.

  4. The road to self-governance. A journey of hope: Implementing the Indigenous Peoples' Rights Act (IPRA) of the Philippines. Volume 3

    20 October 2005

    The publication reviews the implementing rules and regulations of the Indigenous Peoples' Rights Act (IPRA), the national law on indigenous peoples, which reflects the spirit and intent of the Indigenous and Tribal Peoples Convention, 1989 (No. 169).

  5. Extending maternity protection to women in the informal economy: The case of the Philippines

    10 August 2005

    Information on how maternity benefits are included in different community-based health financing systems has been gathered in nine countries from Africa, Asia and Latin America. The countries are Argentina, Chile, Colombia, India, Nepal, Philippines, Senegal, Tanzania and Uganda.

  6. National Domestic Workers Day: Proclamation No. 1051

    29 July 2005

    The Philippine Government Office of the President declared Aoril 30, 2006 as "Araw ng Kasambahay" or National Domestic Worker's Day.

  7. Local government units (LGUs) for the kasambahay: An advocacy forum-workshop with the National Capital Region (NCR) local government officials towards the development and adoption of local legislation for domestic workers

    29 July 2005

    This report outlines the activities carried out and the documents prepared by the Institute for Labor Studies-Department of Labor and Employment (ILS-DOLE) and its collaborators for the implementation of the project "Advocacy Forum-Workshop with League of Barangay Officials, Mayors, and other Local Officials Component" specified in the Service Contract signed between the ILO Programme on Mobilizing Action for the Protection of Domestic Workers from Forced Labour and Trafficking in South-East Asia (ILO-DOMWORK Project) and ILS.

  8. Upgrading the Central Java wood furniture industry: A value-chain approach

    20 July 2005

    Furniture production in Central Java has spawned a long tradition of skills and production techniques that have been passed down from generation to generation.

  9. A compendium of community-based micro-insurance schemes: Philippines

    30 June 2005

    This Compendium summarizes results of a national survey to inventory and document micro-insurance schemes currently active in the Philippines.

  10. Protektado ka sa health micro-insurance (In Visayan): Project fact sheet

    01 June 2005

    Ang HMI usa ka programa na diin gi usa pag-hipos ang pondo sa mga miyembro para sa mga gastosanan sa maayong panglawas.