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. 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.

  2. 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.

  3. 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.

  4. 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.

  5. A cursory assessment study on the situation of child labour in the quarrying industry

    19 February 2002

    This cursory assessment study is focused on the situation of child labor in the quarrying industry. Quarrying subjects children to manual handling or transport of heavy loads, expose them to work in an unhealthy environment from dust, heat and falling stones.

  6. A cursory assessment study on the situation of child labour in the pyrotechnics industry

    19 February 2002

    Upon ratification of ILO Convention No. 182, a national interagency team was tasked to implement a Time-Bound Programme (TBP) assisted by ILO-IPEC. The conduct of assessment studies forms part of the preparatory activities leading to an initial assessment of the appropriateness and feasibility of including three priority child labour groups for the TBP.

  7. Children in pa-aling and kubkub fishing expeditions: An assessment report for on the deep-sea and fishing sector studies

    31 January 2002

    Pa-aling is the local name given to a fishing technology said to replace the once controversial labour intensive but highly profitable commercial fishing venture, the Muro-ami. Muro-ami means a Japanese fishing gear used in reef fishing which consists of a movable bag net and two detachable wings effecting the capture of fish by spreading the net in arc form around reefs or shoals and with the aid of scaring devices, a cordon of fishermen drive the fish from the reefs toward the bag portion of the whole net.

  8. Child labour in the sugar plantations: A cursory assessment

    30 January 2002

    This paper is a cursory assessment of the child labour that has been operating in the sugar cane plantations. It seeks to expose a wholistic view of such reality so that we could see and understand the interrelationships that constitute it and see what could be done to eradicate it systematically and in a span of time.


  1. The Filipino children in prostitution: A worst form of child labour

    28 December 2001

    The conduct of assessment studies forms part of the preparatory activities leading to an initial assessment of the appropriateness and feasibility of including three priority child labour groups for the TBP.

  2. Community-based micro-insurance schemes offering maternity health case: Philippine experience

    16 November 2001

    The report explores new ways and practices through which maternity protection through community-based micro-insurance schemes can be expanded to cover women in the informal economy.

  3. The Novadeci health care programme: Philippines

    10 September 2001

    The paper looks at a self-help scheme for the poor called the Novadeci Health Care Programme. The paper describes the objectives of the scheme how it operates and who are the actors invoved in its management and organization.

  4. Strengthening the role of labour standards in selected DMCs: Child labour in the Philippines

    21 June 2001

    Consistent with its mandate, the ILO has taken an active and leading role on child labour issues. In the light of its own mandate to reduce poverty and promote development, the Asian Development Bank (ADB) can also make a significant contribution to the effort. Hence, the two institutions agreed recently to undertake joint activities to improve labour standards in selected developing member countries in Asia (DMCs) in the areas of child labour, gender discrimination in employment and occupational safety and health.

  5. A layman's guide to labour dispute settlement, adjudication and enforcement procedures

    01 May 2001

    The ILO encourages preventive measures for the resolution of grievances through bipartite workplace cooperation. Conciliation, mediation and voluntary arbitration are preferred modes of dispute settlement.

  6. Addressing sexual harassment in the workplace: The Philippine experience

    28 February 2001

    On 8 February 1995, the Philippine Congress passed Republic Act No. 7866, otherwise known as the "Anti-Sexual Harassment Act of 1995". This law took effect on 5 March 1995.

  7. Towards decent work for all: Brochure

    31 January 2001

    The primary goal of the ILO is to promote opportunities for women and men to obtain decent and productive work in conditions of freedom, equity, security and human dignity.

  8. IRAP III - Nationwide application of integrated rural accessibility planing in the Philippines

    04 January 2001

    The partnership between the Department of Local Government (DILG) and the ILO in IRAP III is expected to contribute to the socio-economic development and poverty reduction efforts of the country through sustained and institutionalized application of the IRAP procedure in local, regional and national planning and project development.


  1. Community enterprise development methodology: Implementation manual

    15 December 2000

    This manual was developed and was utilized in a project component on vocational training and enterprise development implemented by the ILO for the SPCPD-NEDA-UN multi-donor programme for the MNLF in Mindanao, Philippines.

  2. Child labour among indigenous peoples: The case of a Manobo tribe in Bukidnon province

    15 December 2000

    The study focuses on child labour in an indigenous community in the province of Bukidnon: the Manobo community in Purok 7, Botong, Quezon.

  3. The community enterprise development (CED) methodology

    01 November 2000

    The methodology utilizes a Rapid Assessment Meeting (RAM) technique that maximizes active and personal participation of the target groups in identifying the most viable community enterprise projects particularly based on six economic criteria on market, capital, raw materials, service providers, support infrastructures and appropriate technology.

  4. ILO's intervention on post-conflict employment creation, income-generation and reintegration: The case of Mindanao, Philippines

    30 October 2000

    Based on ILO's experiences, post-conflict projects require long-term perspectives. They should be well-phased, guided by policies and strategies that are popularly accepted. Economic reintegration cannot be forced. It must undergo a period of transition.