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. Health micro-insurance schemes: Feasibility study guide

    01 January 2005

    This Guide is designed primarily for local organizations that manage a health insurance scheme. It distinguishes between schemes based on the members’ active participation in management and those that do not provide for such participation.


  1. Brief information note on the TREE project achievements and its implementing methodology

    31 December 2004

    Within the framework of ILO's decent work agenda, the ILO and US Department of Labor entered in 2002 into a Cooperative Agreement regarding implementation of a project to improve the social and economic status of vulnerable groups in Pakistan and the Philippines.

  2. Extension of social security coverage for the informal economy in Indonesia: Surveys in the urban and rural informal economy

    15 December 2004

    Social security is a global concern for all employers, workers, and national governments. It is estimated that only one in five people in the world has adequate social security coverage while half of the world's population is without any social security protection at all. Lack of social security coverage is largely concentrated in the informal economy, where women are more likely to be working.

  3. The Philippines under the AFTA regime: An inquiry into the labour and employment dimensions of economic regional integration

    21 November 2004

    The report is an inquiry into the labour and employment impact of Philippine participation in the ASEAN Free Trade Area (AFTA) project. This is part of a wider inquiry being conducted by the ILO on the AFTA's impact on the labour and employment situation in the region.

  4. Working children in drugs in the Philippines: A participatory action research for child/family and community empowerment

    20 October 2004

    Children involved in drug sales and trafficking are difficult to trace and identify because of the illegal and hidden nature of the trade and the social and political sensitivity of the phenomenon. Because of the associated risks/dangers and potential difficulties, it is necessary to use a cautious, process-based approach to gain an understanding of this emerging issue.

  5. Case studies of community-based health insurance schemes in the Philippines

    01 October 2004

    The document presents studies on three health micro-insurance schemes, namely, ORT Health Plus Programme in San Fernando, La Union; the NOVADECI Health Care Programme in Novaliches, Quezon City and BICAO Investment Care and Administration Organization in Carmen, Bohol.

  6. Occupational safety and health in Indonesia

    31 August 2004

    The ILO calls for joint efforts to improve the safety of workers. The global occupational safety and health (OSH) strategy consists of the creation of a strong safety and health culture in all enterprises and the introduction of a systematic approach to OSH management.

  7. Training for rural economic empowerment (TREE): Brochure

    15 June 2004

    Using the TREE methodology, the Project introduces basic economic theories and principles to address the socio-economic issues of poverty in Mindanao.

  8. Basic facts on Filipino domestic workers: Fact sheet

    10 June 2004

    The Labor Code of the Philippines defines "domestic or household service" as "service in the employer's home which is usually necessary or desirable for the maintenance and employment thereof and includes ministering to the personal comfort and convenience of the members of the employer's household.

  9. Baseline survey of children in sugar cane plantation and commercially and sexually exploited children in Davao Province

    20 May 2004

    The report contains the following: locale of the study, unit of analysis, sampling, data collection, data management, management of the project and presentation of results.

  10. The challenge of informal work in the Philippines

    30 April 2004

    Scattered about in major thoroughfares, inserted in between high-rise buildings and tucked away in improvised homes, one finds ranks of workers increasingly cast into self-created occupations. The images of street vendors, cafeteria on jeeps and home-based stores, have become normal fare in the Philippines, so much so that these activities have gained acceptance as a survival strategy of the poor and underemployed.

  11. WISE: Training programme for small wood furniture entrepreneurs

    17 March 2004

    The training programme objective is to assist small entrepreneurs in the wood furniture sector in improving their productivity and product quality by introducing low cost concepts and methods of workplace improvements thereby minimizing exposure to hazards and preventing work injuries and illnesses.

  12. The challenge of informal work in the Philippines: Primer

    27 February 2004

    This publication has been prepared as an advocacy document to strengthen awareness of the issues and concerns of the Philippines' informal sector.

  13. Imagine... A future without child labour...Project flyer

    02 January 2004

    With the ratification of the ILO Convention No. 182, the government of the Philippines joins 132 of ILO's 175 member States in a mission to the elimination of the worst forms of child labour.

  14. Reaching out beyond closed doors: A primer on child domestic labour in the Philippines

    02 January 2004

    This primer is Visayan Forum Foundation’s (VFF) effort to share basic knowledge and information to respond effectively to the issues and needs of child domestic labourers and of the domestic work sector as a whole. It is also VFF's hope that this primer will help our policy-makers examine the myths that surround the sector, and break their invisibility and marginalization.


  1. Training for rural economic empowerment (TREE) year-end report, 2003

    31 December 2003

    The TREE Project is designed to help contribute to lasting peace and socio-economic development in the ARMM by strengthening the capabilities of partner government agencies, private sector organizations and target communities in planning, organizing and delivering skills training and entrepreneurship development programmes. It also aims to help develop economically empowered communities through the operation of community enterprise systems and community-fund scheme by socially relevant corporate community groups.

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

    12 December 2003

    Adopting a set of criteria for identifying the informal sector

  3. 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.

  4. 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.

  5. 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.