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  1. National Statistical Coordination Board Resolution No. 16 Series of 2003

    12 December 2003

    Adopting a set of criteria for identifying the informal sector

  2. Collection of success stories in organizing women workers and trade union rights in the Philippine export processing zones (EPZAs)

    02 December 2003

    Export processing zones, sometimes called "free trade zones" is one of the key elements of an outward-looking, export-led economy. The government treats them as special economic zones and maintains them with a package of attractive business incentives aimed at enticing foreign investments.

  3. Extending social protection through health micro-insurance schemes to women in the informal economy: Gender strategy

    01 November 2003

    This paper seeks to present possible strategies for ILO in extending social protection to women and men in the informal economy in the Philippines through gender-responsive health micro-insurance schemes.

  4. In search for the pot of gold: A case study of the experiences of the ILO-IPEC Programme on the Elimination of Child Labour in Small Mining Communities in the Province of Camarines Norte, Philippines

    30 July 2003

    The case study describes the lessons learned from the process, how the alliance has been formed, and the varied responses employed to combat child labour. It is hoped that lessons generated from the project will help local advocates and project implementers improve on their work.

  5. Decent work for all newsletter: Social protection - a core component of decent work

    01 July 2003

    Social protection is the main theme for this issue. It includes articles on decent work, social security, safety and health, working conditions, migration and HIV/AIDS.

  6. Infrastructure for rural productivity enhancement sector

    13 February 2003

    The INFRES Project covers 41 provinces and 779 municipalities and cities, and is implemented in nine regions in the Philippines.

  7. Training for rural economic empowerment (TREE): Some success stories

    01 January 2003

  8. Expanding economic opportunities and income security through workforce education, skills training, employment creation and local economic development in Pakistan and the Philippines

    01 January 2003

    The Project is designed to introduce economic dynamism primarily to poor and marginalized communities in (initially) the Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao (ARMM). The Project is targeting the working poor, among them are women, differently abled persons, and youth (14 to 18 years old or entrants to the labour force.


  1. An in-depth study for a time-bound programme targeting child domestic workers in the Philippines

    10 December 2002

    A child domestic worker (CDW) is defined as a child working in an employer's household with or without wage. CDWs perform such domestic chores as washing dishes, cooking, cleaning the house and looking after young children and any other household related activities.

  2. Philippines: good practices for the protection of Filipino women migrant workers in vulnerable jobs

    01 December 2002

    Focuses on the situation of the women migrant workers in their families, workplaces, communities and societies in sending and receiving countries and also on the initiatives, policies and programmes, “good” and “bad” practices implemented by government, private recruitment and employment agencies and a wide range of social actors to assist and protect women migrants against exploitation and abuse and to prevent them from being trafficked.

  3. ORT health plus scheme in the Province of La Union, Philippines: A case study of a community-based health micro-insurance scheme

    29 November 2002

    This case study documents one initiative. The experiences of the past seven years of the ORT health plus scheme in the province of La Union in Northern Philippines is a rich source of lessons and best practices that can be used to help refine and replicate this effort to similar communities all over the Philippines.

  4. The Philippine time-bound programme: Child labour sugpuin! Ngayon Din!

    20 November 2002

    The Time-Bound Programme (TBP) is an improved modality designed to assist countries to eliminate the worst forms of child labour within the shortest possible time frame. It aims to assist countries in developing policies, programmes and projects that have a demonstrable impact on the worst forms of child labour.

  5. Adaptation of an official definition on the informal sector

    06 November 2002

    National Statistical Coordination Board Resolution No. 15 Series of 2002

  6. Eliminating child labour in the Philippines

    30 October 2002

    The ILO reports an increased commitment among governments and other social partners to take comprehensive action against child labour. As a first line of reasoning, it may be said that the elimination of child labour appeals to one’s sense of right and wrong.

  7. In-depth study on the situation of child labour in prostitution

    27 September 2002

    This study was based on two theoretical underpinnings, the Push-pull factors and the Symbolic Interactionism. The PUSHPULL factors is a migration theory that suggests that circumstances at the place of origin (such as poverty and unemployment) repel or push people out of that place to other places that exert a positive attraction or pull (such as a high standard of living or job opportunities).

  8. An assessment of education and the worst forms of child labour: How do education policies and programmes work (or not work) for children?

    15 July 2002

    The general objective of the study was to analyze the linkage between education and child labour, especially those engaged in the worst forms of labour.

  9. Children of the kubkub fishery

    25 June 2002

    The problem of child labour in the fishing sector has caught public attention for decades now. It was first highlighted in the mid-1980’s with the national tri-media’s exposure of muro-ami fishing, a form of commercial fishing which was heavily criticized for utilizing child labor and for causing destruction to the marine environment.

  10. Action programme for decent work: Philippines 2001-2004

    13 May 2002

    The Philippines, with the encouragement of government and workers' and employers' organizations, was one of the first countries to participate in a pilot programme on decent work. The three year action programme pursued the objective of supporting national efforts to reduce poverty through the implementation of policies and programmes that promotes full, decent and productive employment of Filipino workers.

  11. Cursorial assessment report towards a time-bound national action on child domestic workers in the Philippines

    08 May 2002

    While child domestic work may not always be hazardous, anecdotal evidence show that there are instances when they suffer grievous work conditions adults would not stand for.

  12. An in-depth study on the situation of child labour in the agricultural sector

    29 March 2002

    This report presents the findings on the situation of the child workers (5-17 years old) in the agricultural sector, specifically covering four industries, namely: (a) sugar; (b) rubber; (c) banana; and (d) pineapple.