Events, meetings and trainings

The ILO Country Office for the Philippines organizes and takes part in a number of events and meetings. Below is a list of upcoming and past events. Any queries should be sent to the office by email.


  1. Forum Highlights Good Practices to Protect Migrants

    11 January 2011

    Community-level mechanisms to protect and promote the rights of migrant workers in the Philippines and Thailand were showcased in a roundtable discussion (RTD) at the ILO Auditorium on 11 January 2012. Chaired by POEA Administrator Hans Cacdac, the RTD highlighted local good practices in both countries, as presented by implementing partners of the ILO-EU Project on Return and Reintegration.


  1. Child labour session in the global forum on artisanal and small-scale mining

    7 - 9 December 2010

    The ILO will dig into the facts of child labour in small scale mining as part of the session of United Nations Environment Programme's global forum. The forum aims to identify challenges and opportunities in small-scale mining. It will also discuss the use of mercury in small-scale mining. UNEP is preparing a legally binding global instrument on mercury and plans to pass it prior to the 27th session of its Governing Council in 2013.

  2. Northern Samar pushes anti-child labour ordinance

    8 - 12 November 2010

    Governor Paul Daza has committed to speed up the approval of the ordinance and to allocate funds once approved. The governor aims to make the province child labour-free by 2013.

  3. ILO-Asian Institute of Management (AIM) knowledge corner partnership

    18 October 2010

    The ILO in partnership with the Asian Institute of Management AIM), entered into a Memorandum of Agreement (MOA) that would establish and run a Knowledge Corner.

  4. Regional Consultation on Interventions to Promote Exclusive Breastfeeding in the Formal Workplace

    24 September 2010

    The one-day consultation is a series of city-wide consultations under the MDG-F JP, organized and led by the Sub-TWG on Exclusive Breastfeeding in the workplace and with support from the ILO.

  5. ILO-University of the Philippines School of Labor and Industrial Relations (UPSOLAIR) knowledge corner partnership

    18 September 2010

    The ILO has begun to work with institutions to establish satellites of knowledge corners. UPSOLAIR's library is the first satellite for material-related to Decent Work.

  6. International Day of the World's Indigenous Peoples 2010

    10 August 2010

    Reaffirming the Indigenous Peoples Development Framework under the Indigenous Peoples Rights Act (IPRA) through Convergence” will be the main theme of the International Day of the World’s Indigenous Peoples in the Philippines which will be held on 10 August 2010 in Quezon City.

  7. APYouthNet Online Discussion Forum on Active Labour Markets for Young People

    19 - 31 July 2010

    Moderated by Professor Niall O’Higgins from Salerno University in Italy, this forum seeks participants’ experiences, expertise and feedback on the issue. Participation is open to all who have an interest in youth employment related issues.

  8. International Committee on Seafarers Welfare Party in the Park

    26 June 2010

    As part of the 2010 Year of the Seafarer, the International Committee on Seafarers Welfare organized a Party in the Park. The ICSW Party in the Park aimed to supplement, support and highlight the vital work undertaken by all regulators, employers, unions and voluntary workers who work together to improve safety, welfare, and labour standards for seafarers. Over 1400 seafarers with their wives and children, including members of the Filipino and international shipping community joined the event.

  9. Bondoc-LED Inter-agency Consultation Workshop

    24 - 25 June 2010

    The ILO, with FAO as its partner, convened a two-day inter-agency consultation workshop in Lucena to harmonize collaboration local government units (LGUs), government line agencies and NGOs operating in Bondoc Peninsula, Philippines. Fifty participants including the mayors of the four municipalities selected for project roll-out joined the meeting. Local officials discussed how the project, funded through the Japan Human Security Trust Fund, could buttress their own programmes through local economic development.

  10. Commercial Sexual Exploitation of Children Examined through Survey Methodology Meeting

    24 - 25 June 2010

    The IPEC Statistical Information and Monitoring Programme on Child Labour organised a discussion of surveys to gather data on the Commercial Sexual Exploitation of Children (CSEC). Representatives from Bangladesh, Mongolia, Cameroon and the Philippines met and presented CSEC pilot survey results using workplace-based and household-based approaches on 24-25 June in Cebu.

  11. 1st National Steering Group(NSG) Meeting

    23 - 24 June 2010

    The members of the National Steering Group commit to take steps to strengthen the water utilities sector in the Philippines. They aim to establish a permanent mechanism to address water utilities challenges through social dialogue between workers, water operators, government and other stakeholders.

  12. JP YEM YOUTHink launch and 1st YOUTHing session on Youth Development & Migration

    23 June 2010

    Led by the DOLE and NYC, the event is part of the consultation process to hear what the leaders, movers, shakers, thinkers and the youth have to say about issues on youth, employment and migration. It will have two parts: 11- 12 pm: Launch of YOUTHink Series . 1 - 4 pm: 1st YOUTHink session with the theme Youth Development and Migration.

  13. Inception workshop for MDG-F JP on children, food security and nutrition

    22 - 24 June 2010

    Participating UN agencies convened an Inception Workshop with implementing partners to review the joint programme and discuss the work plans for the first year of implementation. The programme, towards ensuring food security and nutrition among children, is one of the projects awarded by the Government of Spain for UN agency work to attain Millennium Development Goals in the Philippines. It is aimed at contributing to reduce malnutrition among young children (MDG 1 to eradicate poverty and hunger) and reduce child mortality (MDG 4) by complementing government effort to focus on children aged 0-24 months through ideal feeding practices. The goal is to create an enabling environment where breastfeeding and appropriate feeding are promoted and supported by communities, and lead to improved nutrition levels.

  14. Greener Business Asia Project: Tripartite Validation Meeting

    22 June 2010

    The Philippine economy grew modestly in 2009 due in part to the impact of natural disasters. In 2010, DOLE Institute for Labor Studies conducted research for the ILO Greener Business Asia project. Results were validated in a meeting with government, employers and workers representatives, with the Embassy of Japan in the Philippines as observer.

  15. Workshop on Conciliation/Mediation of Labour Disputes for Philippine Economic Zone Authority (PEZA)

    28 - 30 April 2010

    The course aimed to develop participants’ knowledge and understanding of consensus-building approaches to conflict management and dispute resolution. The course further aimed to enhance participants’ skills and practical competence in consensus-based dispute resolution processes.

  16. Overcoming the Jobs Crisis and Shaping an Inclusive Recovery: The Philippines in the Aftermath of the Global Economic Turmoil

    11 - 12 March 2010

    The forum aimed to discuss the lessons from the global economic crisis response and look into ideas about more coherent national job-rich recovery programmes and mechanisms to respond to recurring emergencies.


  1. Philippine Tripartite Constituents Support Decent Work for Domestic Workers: Unanimous Call for an International Convention to Set Standards

    3 May - 21 August 2009

    The Philippine government, workers groups and employers groups have collaborated together with non-government organizations, faith-based institutions, local and overseas domestic workers groups as they embark on the Philippine Campaign on Decent Work for Domestic Workers.

  2. ILO 90th Anniversary in the Philippines: Decent Work and Social Justice in Times of Crisis

    22 April 2009

    As the International Labour Organization marked its 90th anniversary, a forum on “Decent Work and Social Justice in Times of Crisis” was held on 22 April 2009. The forum discussed impacts of the global economic crisis on the labour sector and assessed how to move forward toward sustainable economic recovery.

  3. High-Level Regional Forum on Responding to the Economic Crisis - Coherent Policies for Growth, Employment and Decent Work in Asia and the Pacific

    18 - 20 February 2009

    In coping with the current crisis, most countries in Asia and the Pacific benefit from sound financial institutions and a record of sustained growth and macroeconomic stability. Poverty however remains widespread and systems of social protection are fragile and underdeveloped. Even a slight decline in the rates of economic growth can have dramatic social repercussions, particularly among vulnerable sectors and groups. Social distress intersects with political instabilities and tensions. A strong Asian response to the crisis is a critical component of the strategy to set the global economy on a sustainable path out of recession.