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. Decent work for all newsletter: Microfinance improves livelihood of parents; school-based programme prevents child labour

    01 April 2007

    In the Philippines, creating decent jobs, safe jobs that provide adequate income, as a strategy for men and women to work out of poverty with dignity and empowerment is at the heart of the common agenda.


  1. Filipino domestic workers: Maximum demand, minimum protection: Project flyer

    15 December 2006

    Domestic work is in high demand in the Philiippines and abroad. However, domestic workers are often at risk due to the nature of their work: in private homes, away from public scrutiny and invisible and hard to quantify.

  2. Decent work for all newsletter: Job prospects for youth

    01 December 2006

    Through training programmes and study tours, Philippine ILO constituents-government, employers’ and workers’ organizations - continued to share their expertise on labour, employment and enterprise issues with others in the region.

  3. Globalization and changes in work and employment conditions in the Philippines

    30 November 2006

    The Philippine government through successive administrations consistently complied with conditionalities arising from structural adjustment programmes of foreign creditors by mainly providing more incentives to foreign direct invesment

  4. Core labor standards: Handbook

    01 October 2006

    The handbook gives some basic information on international core labour standards (CLS), and looks at ways in which they can be incorporated into ADB activities.

  5. Social security for all: Investing in global social and economic development. A consultation

    21 August 2006

    This publication is a contribution to the assignment that the International Labour Conference bestowed on the International Labour Office, i.e. to launch a major campaign for the extension of social security to all.

  6. Kasambahay handbook: Everything the Filipino domestic worker wants to know

    17 August 2006

    The handbook is a reference tool for domestic workers and other users who seek to have a basic understanding of the issues and vulnerabilities that domestic workers face, and describes available and evolving policy and legal instruments, facilities and services available in relation to registration, social security coverage, skills-acquisition, information access and useful networks for the sector.

  7. Trafficked into forced labour: Selected case studies of domestic workers in the Philippines

    15 August 2006

    This book presents selected real life stories of domestic workers that show how they become trapped in the cycle of trafficking for forced labour. While many have fallen victims, there is much that can be learned from their strong personal courage to survive and empower themselves despite the odds.

  8. Multi-component programme of SUMAPI: Terminal report

    31 July 2006

    The programme's objective is to mitigate/lessen the vulnerability of domestic workers to fall into forced labour and trafficking through direct action in five areas (National Capital Region (NCR), Batangas, Cebu, Bacolod and Davao City.

  9. 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.

  10. 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".

  11. 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.

  12. 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.

  13. 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.

  14. 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.

  15. 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.

  16. 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.

  17. 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.

  18. 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.