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. Feasibility study for the establishment of a common facility centre in Marikina

    24 February 1995

    The report provides full assessment of the technical and financial feasibility of a centre that will help determine whether it should be established.

  2. Indigenous knowledge system and practices among selected Philippine ethnic groups and their promotion through cooperatives

    13 February 1995

    The objectives of this study is to collect and analyze information about indigenous knowledge systems and practices of the major indigenous groups in the Philippines.


  1. Cooperative entrepreneurship for managers: Trainers' manual

    15 December 1994

    The manual is for managers who learn by doing, who have learned most of what they know from practical experience. It is meant to support them with more background knowledge, and also offers enough opportunity to share their experiences and ideas.

  2. Assessing the efficiency and outreach of urban micro-finance schemes: Main report

    18 November 1994

    The report includes two parts: the main report where data and information collected from five case studies on financial intermediaries are assessed and recommendations are made for improving access to financial services by the informal sector; and a second part where the five case studies are presented.

  3. Cooperative entrepreneurship for members: Trainers' manual

    14 October 1994

    The aim of the report is to convince cooperative members who have an innovative attitude and are willing to improve their entrepreneurial capabilities.

  4. Informal sector: Labour laws and industrial relations

    30 September 1994

    This report includes two parts: the main report where data and information collected from five case studies on financial intermediaries are assessed and recommendations are made for improving access to financial services by the informal sector; and a second part where the five case studies are presented.

  5. Snapshot of working conditions in the urban informal sector

    29 August 1994

    The report provides some baseline information on working conditions in the informal sector such as work area, shop floor arrangements, work posture, ventilation, lighting, among others.

  6. Working together to create jobs: A guide to worker-owned cooperative development

    26 August 1994

    The guide was developed out of ILO's concern about structural adjustment, poverty, unemployment and job creation and an awareness that worker-owned cooperatives can move actively address the pressing problems of unemployment in developing countries as well as the economic restructuring in Eastern Europe following the collapse of communism in 1990.

  7. An overview of Philippine EPZs

    25 August 1994

    In the Philippines, there are at least five other types of protected industrial zones that have emerged over the last ten years, combining both economic and political insulations.

  8. Training manual: Gender sensitivity training: An introduction to gender analysis in cooperatives

    20 July 1994

    The enhancement of women's participation in cooperatives is an issue in many countries. In the. Philippines, women represent half of the cooperatives' members, but are nevertheless widely underrepresented in leadership positions. One approach to enhance women's participation in cooperatives policy and decision making is to improve their skills for leadership and management functions.

  9. People with disabilities in the informal sector

    15 July 1994

    The report summarizes the findings and recommendations of a study with the following main objectives to assess the severity of the special problems faced by people with disabilities (PWDs).

  10. Background paper on the informal sector in the Philippines

    10 June 1994

    The report provides background information on the ILO's approach and programmes related to the informal sector with a view to putting the Interdepartmental Project on the Urban Informal Sector (INTERDEP) in a broader perspective.

  11. Manual for training cooperative management staff

    31 March 1994

    The manual was developed in answer to a long felt need for a resource material for practical training of cooperative staff.

  12. Trainers' manual: Pre-membership education seminar

    10 January 1994

    The target group of this training consists of future members of cooperatives, persons who have shown interest and the intention to either become members of an existing cooperative, or who want to organize and register their own.


  1. Smokey mountain project and lessons learned

    16 November 1992

    Ten years ago the ILO chance to pilot a project for child scavengers Smokey Mountain was a huge dumpsite located near the pier for domestic at Tondo, Manila used for all the garbage trash of Metro Manila.

  2. Homeworkers of Southeast Asia: The struggle for social protection in the Philippines

    25 September 1992

    The data and knowledge gap on the homeworkers situation is ordinary. The obvious imperative was to collect and compile all available and accessible information as much as possible. As the essays show, homework-related literature is scarce and concepts unclear. Methodologies are underdeveloped and welfare actions for homeworkers were non-existent.

  3. Child workers engaged in scavenging in Metro Manila: Project report

    30 June 1992

    The general concerns of protection, regulation, prohibition and rehabilitation of child labour, especially in hazardous occupations, should be a priority in both the national and local development plans of the Philippine administration.


  1. Informal sector: Labour laws and industrial relations

    30 April 1990

    For the purpose of this paper, the following definition of the informal sector is adopted: "The informal sector consists of small-scale, self-employed activities, with or without hired workers, typically operating with a low level of organization and technology with the primary objective of generating employment and incomes.