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. General framework for the protection and promotion of indigenous knowledge systems and practices in the Philippines

    20 November 1998

    The Indigenous Knowledge Systems and Practices (IKSPs) have been proven to contribute to the sustainability and productivity of many ecosystems, examples of which include the rice terraces and imuyung (private woodlot of the Ifugao, the traditional biodiverse swidden of the Hanunuo, the fish conservation practices of the Dumagat, and the traditional herbal medicines of many Filipino ethnic communities.

  2. Protecting Indonesian migrant workers, with special reference to private agencies and complaints procedures

    30 October 1998

    The Indonesian Ministry of Manpower (DEPNAKER) expressed interest in ILO assistance in the elaboration of a more protection-oriented strategy regarding the country's citizens working abroad.

  3. Entrepreneurial development support for the reintegration of Filipino migrant workers and their families

    15 September 1998

    The project objective is the enhancement of the institutional support system that will enable returning overseas Filipino workers (OFWs) in Hong Kong to pursue livelihood endeavours through entrepreneurial development.

  4. Indonesia: Self-employment and micro enterprise development (SEMED)

    30 June 1998

    The main issues of the report is the need for research and surveys in order to ensure that the future design of programmes and projects are based on the real characteristics, needs and problems of micro and small enterprises.

  5. The impact of the Asian crisis on Filipino employment prospects abroad

    31 March 1998

    The purpose of the paper is to get grips conceptually and empirically with the question of whether Filipinos will lose employment opportunities in Asian destinations, and whether this will involve a sizeable reduction in remittances.

  6. Gender mainstreaming: A how-to manual

    27 March 1998

    The manual is intended as a handy summary of concepts and tools for gender mainstreaming. It is not intended to stand along but should be supplemented with other operational tools for gender mainstreaming.

  7. Philippines: Strategy for employment growth and export competitiveness in manufacturing with specific reference to garments and semi-conductor industries

    17 February 1998

    The paper addresses the issues related to the export competitiveness of Philippine products in the world market. It looks into the structure of the local production as well as the patterns of macro-economic policies implemented and the macro-economic environment they resulted to.


  1. ILO Convention No. 169 (In Ilocano): Brochure

    28 November 1997

    Ti Kadagupan nga Taripnong ti Sangalubungan nga Timpuyog iti Panagtrabaho.

  2. ILO Convention No. 169 (In Cebuano): Brochure

    17 October 1997

    Ang panagtipon sa International Labour Organization (ILO): Sa panagtagbo nga gipahigayon didto sa Geneva sa mga gropong Nagdumala sa International Labour Office ug ang ilang panagtagbo ni-adtong ika-setensay sais nga sesyon, bulan Hunyo, pitsa 7, 1989.

  3. The structure of employment and structural adjustment in the Philippines

    15 September 1997

    The study on the Philippines' employment situation forms part of a set of country studies and sectoral studies to indicate shifts in sectoral output and employment composition during various spells of adjustment efforts in the early 1980s and throw some light in their employment consequences and sustainability of adjustment efforts under regimes of capital inflows in the 1990s.

  4. Defining hazardous undertakings for young workers below 18 years of age: A country report

    29 August 1997

    The study was focused on data gathered from the young workers aged 15-17 years, although some data and discussions regarding the younger age groups are also included in order to have a more complete picture of the child labour situation in the Philippines and the different occupational hazards besetting these children.

  5. Capacity building on traditional handicraft product design enhancement and marketing for indigenous peoples in Lake Sebu, South Cotabato

    22 August 1997

    Today, mainly because of its merger economic returns, the production of T''boli and Ubo traditional arts and crafts is slowly becoming a vanishing trade as the younger generation is gradually shunning it in favour of working in government offices, plantations, and businesses within and outside Lake Sebu. The young women and men are leaving the pursuit of these indigenous arts and crafts to their elders, who are themselves slowly fading away one after another.

  6. "An independent view"

    21 July 1997

    This paper is a condensation of the author's experiences and observations. The views and opinions does not necessarily reflect the policies and views of the ILO and the INDISCO programme.

  7. Training on revolving loan fund and savings basic information for INDISCO-ARMM

    20 June 1997

    After the conduct of the training, the extension workers re-echoed the concepts and proceedings of the revolving loan fund in their respective project sites and established the necessary structures at the onset of the lending operations.

  8. Frequently asked questions on ILO Convention No. 169: Brochure

    20 May 1997

  9. The child's inner and outer world: A study of the phenomenology of the child in prostitution

    30 April 1997

    The report s the review of literature drawn from various sources of information that tackles the experiences of children in prostitution and the current intervention strategies that address their situations.

  10. Work improvement in small enterprises for metal working: Action manual

    18 April 1997

    The manual aims to improve productivity through low-cost improvement in working conditions in small and medium-enterprises, and to build a capacity within government, employers and workers organizations to plan, organize, implement, follow up and evaluate programme to promote improvements in working conditions and productivity.

  11. ILO Convention No. 169: Brochure

    14 March 1997

    Through the ratification of the ILO Convention No. 169 which is the only instrument that will guarantee protection of the rights and respect for the integrity of indigenous peoples.

  12. To learn and to earn education and child labour in the Philippines: A country report

    14 February 1997

    The study was prepared to undertake a Philippine report on the basic education in the country and its links to the child labour problem, and to provide an analysis of selected projects that are considered innovative and successful in the prevention of child labour and addressing the needs of working children.


  1. The way we live: Indigenous practices of the Ifugaos, Atis and Badjao of the Philippines

    30 August 1996

    The INDISCO Programme supports and promotes the preservation of sustainable indigenous knowledge systems and practices particularly environment protection and natural resources management. The study documents the valuable traditional knowledge systems and practices of three indigenous communities in the Philippines: the Ifugaos; the Atis; and the Badjaos in order to ensure their preservation and promote environmentally sound and sustainable development.