Launch of the International Programme on FAIR project in the Philippines

FAIR Project to foster fair recruitment practices in the Philippines

ILO CO-Manila implements a new project to prevent human trafficking and reduce labour migration costs through the promotion of fair recruitment practices.

The ILO Integrated Programme on Fair Recruitment (FAIR) is a global project, supported by the Swiss Agency for Development and Cooperation, which seeks to contribute to the promotion of fair recruitment initiatives across migration corridors, in North Africa, the Middle East and South Asia. The project strategy is based on a three-pronged approach: i.) establishing fair recruitment corridors to prevent abuses and exploitation of migrant workers; ii.) providing migrant workers with access to reliable information and improved services; and iii.) conducting innovative research and disseminating knowledge on ethical recruitment. These components will be implemented through several pilot initiatives at the global and country level. Target countries for pilot projects proposed in this concept note include Tunisia, Jordan, Nepal and the Philippines.

To officially commence the two-year project (2016-2018) in the Philippines, ILO CO-Manila will organize a Project Launch which will serve as a platform to introduce ILO’s flagship programme on FAIR Recruitment to its constituents and key partners in the Philippines, and to inform them that ILO has officially identified the Philippines as a pilot country where interventions and strategies to promote fair recruitment will be implemented in the period between 2016 and 2018. The Project Launch is set to happen on 3 August, 2016 in Metro Manila.

Preliminary activities include the conduct of a comprehensive study which would include a thorough review of the current legal and policy framework on labour recruitment and its enforcement as well as an analysis of the feasibility of developing fair and alternative recruitment models to private employment agencies, such as through labour intermediation services provided by cooperative enterprises or government to government schemes. Based on the results and conclusions of this study, the project will define in collaboration with constituents, areas of intervention to foster fair recruitment practices in the Philippines.

For further information please contact:

ILO Country Office for the Philippines (CO-Manila)
19th Floor, Yuchengco Tower
RCBC Plaza, 6819 Ayala Avenue
1200 Makati City, Philippines
Tel +632 580 9900 loc 946
Fax +632 856 7597