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  1. Indigenous peoples

    Harnessing Potentials, Restoring Dignity

    10 December 2012

    Over 500,000 indigenous peoples live in the Caraga Region in Southern Philippines. Indigenous peoples face development challenges including conflict, poverty, marginalization and lack of employment and livelihood opportunity. The ILO in partnership with the Government of Spain and Finland, implemented the Indigenous Peoples Development Programme (IPDP) through a convergence framework and culture sensitive strategy, reaching out to the Mamanwa, Mandaya and Manobo tribe. Indigenous peoples learn about their rights and establish a community enterprise using Sago Palm Flour that created employment and helped through a multiplier effect in the region.

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    Ending child labour in the Philippines

    01 May 2012

    CNN's Kyung Lah reports on child labour in sugar harvesting in the Philippines. Many child labourers are in rural areas where families live in poverty. The Philippine government is trying to fight the problem, by reducing the worst forms of child labour by 75 per cent by 2015. In Northern Mindanao, the ILO, the Sugar Industry Foundation, Busco Sugar Milling and the Coca-Cola Foundation are building schools to remove children from sugar cane fields.

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    Youth employment in the Philippines: An interview with Lawrence Jeff Johnson on Mornings@ANC

    12 April 2012

    Mornings@ANC of the ABS-CBN News Channel interviewed Director Lawrence Jeff Johnson of the ILO Country Office for the Philippines, on youth employment. According to the 2011 Philippine Labor Force Survey, 1.5 million young people, aged 15-24 were unemployed. On average, young people are more likely to be unemployed than adults. However, according to Director Johnson, even among those Filipino youth who were employed, 2.3 million were in vulnerable forms of employment in 2010. He said this is of equal or greater concern as young people are often left with little choice but to accept or create whatever work they can find, just so they and their loved ones can survive.

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    ILO youth employment month national event in the Philippines

    29 March 2012

    Over a hundred youth leaders from the Philippines joined the youth employment forum, “Kahit Saan, Kahit Kailan: Marangal na Trabaho para sa Kabataan Matatagpuan (Any Time, Any Where: Decent Work for Young Filipinos). The forum served as an opportunity to review the draft National Action Plan for Youth and discus the challenges that face many young people today. To learn more, please visit:

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    Employment opportunities for the youth: An interview with Ruth Georget on ANC Prime Time

    29 March 2012

    ANC Prime Time of the ABS-CBN News Channel interviewed Ruth Georget, Joint Programme Coordinator of the Millennium Development Goal Fund Joint Programme on Alternatives to Migration: Decent Jobs for Filipino Youth. She highlighted the need to strengthen labour market information to match the demand and supply. The Philippine government identified youth employment as a priority but what is crucial is policy coherence to ensure decent and productive work for the youth.

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    Going back - Moving on: Philippines migrants return home

    26 March 2012

    This short video shows how successful interventions by an ILO project in the Philippines, supported by the European Commission, have empowered migrant workers returning, prematurely, from Europe to regain livelihoods back home. Working with the government's Overseas Workers Welfare Administration, the project has supported a group of women returning from Eastern Europe who've now set up their own co-operative in the Philippines. We follow the story of four returnees, the establishment of the co-op and their home-grown successful businesses.


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    Decent work for domestic workers - ILO and SM Cinema

    25 December 2011

    A public service message of the ILO Country Office for the Philippines in partnership with SM Cinema, the largest cinema exhibitor in the Philippines, highlights domestic workers as workers with rights like others and that decent and productive work starts at home. The 30-second message was featured in 38 digital theatres of SM Cinema nationwide. Seen through the eyes of a child, the message featured two domestic workers as they provide support and care for families, but not within the same working and living conditions. The message supports the Philippines in its commitment to protect the welfare of domestic workers.

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    Social dialogue in the water utilities sector

    01 December 2011

    Demand for safe water continues to grow around the world. The International Labour Organization has launched an Action Programme on Strengthening Social Dialogue in the Water Utilities Sector in the Philippines as a response to the increasing demand of improving efficiency of water utilities in the country. The video highlights the crucial role of enabling employers and workers alongside the government through social dialogue to make water utilities more accessible to the public.

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    Exclusive breastfeeding in the workplace: Towards decent and productive work for all

    08 September 2011

    Provides a glimpse of an ILO initiative in the Philippines to promote exclusive breastfeeding (EBF) in the workplace under the MDG-F 2030 Joint Programme on Ensuring Food Security and Nutrition for Children 0-24 Months Old in the Philippines, funded by the Government of Spain. ILO, together with the government, workers and employers along with partners, aims to contribute in achieving the Millennium Development Goals on addressing extreme poverty, hunger (MDG 1) and child mortality rate (MDG4) through providing technical assistance in developing and setting up mechanisms that would enable working mothers to continue breastfeeding in the workplace even after giving birth and after their maternity leave.

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    The Workplace: Gateway to universal access to HIV and AIDS prevention, treatment, care, and support

    01 June 2011

    HIV and AIDS is a workplace issue, with its impact on workers and their families as well as enterprises and economies. The workplace is a gateway to provide prevention, treatment, care and support. If workers living with HIV are placed on effective treatment, they can continue leading a normal productive life for many years.

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    Global Employment Trends 2011: An interview with Lawrence Jeff Johnson

    25 January 2011

    ABS-CBN News Channel’s Business Nightly interviewed Director Lawrence Jeff Johnson, ILO Country Office for the Philippines on the Global Employment Trends 2011 Report. With global unemployment, as officially measured, at record highs for the third straight year since the start of the economic crisis, the ILO warned that weak recovery in jobs is likely to continue in 2011, especially in developed economies.


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    Changing Climate: Changing Lives

    01 December 2010

    The video presents how climate change, which results in extreme weather events all over the world, is affecting those who depend on the weather for their livelihoods, including farmers in Southern Philippines. It shows how the ILO demonstration project is working with local stakeholders to develop innovative financing schemes to help vulnerable populations enhance their production and diversify their sources in order to better cope with climate change impacts. It also talks about supporting the development of an innovative insurance scheme based on weather index to further protect livelihoods of farmers.

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    Alternatives to Migration: Decent Jobs for Filipino Youth

    01 July 2010

    Alternatives to Migration: Decent Jobs for Filipino Youth, provides an overview of the employment and migration challenges of Filipino youth from ages 15-24 years old. It then presents solutions to the problems by explaining what the joint programme is all about and outlining the outcome and outputs. It also presents the United Nations Country Team participating agencies, the government implementing partners, and what the programme aims to achieve. The joint programme is funded by the Government of Spain through the Millennium Development Goal Achievement Fund.


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    Community infrastructure development: reducing poverty in times of crisis

    01 December 2009

    Disasters like floods, landslides, earthquakes or volcanic eruptions often occur in countries such as the Philippines. The video presents the Employment Intensive Investment Programme (EIIP) which created jobs at the community level using local resource-based investments in infrastructure. It proved that emergency interventions after a calamity not only provide immediate relief and employment for the affected families but also help improve their access to future employment and livelihood towards rebuilding their lives and their community.


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    Breaking through poverty: The TREE Project in the Philippines

    01 December 2007

    In Davao and in the Zamboanga Peninsula, across the highlands and all the way to the remote coastal villages of the Autonomous Region of Muslim Mindanao, the Training for Rural Economic Empowerment (TREE) Project of the ILO has helped a generation of poor men and women optimise their human potential, stimulating economic empowerment and sustaining peace and development.

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    Rekindled dreams

    01 July 2007

    In 2007, the ILO-IPEC, with funding from the United States Department of Labor, completed the five-year project supporting the Philippine Time-Bound Programme on the elimination of the worst forms of child labour. The project aimed to withdraw and prevent children from working in small-scale mining, domestic labor, situations of commercial sexual exploitation, deep-sea fishing and in hazardous agricultural occupations (especially in sugar cane plantations).

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    Child labour intervention in the sugar industry of the Philippines

    01 May 2007

    Sugar farming requires great capital. Because of this, majority of families depend on the sugar industry work as farm labourers. This is the case of Western Visayas region in the Philippines, especially in Negros Occidental, the country’s leading sugar-producing province. In 2006, the ILO-IPEC partnered with the Sugar Industry Foundation, Inc. (SIFI) to implement interventions in Western Visayas. The video documents anti-child labour initiatives of the Sugar Industry of the Philippines in cooperation with SIFI.


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    Taking action against child labour: the community microfinance strategy

    01 January 2002

    Started in June 2000, this ILO-sponsored Community Microfinance Strategy worked to improve family incomes through savings so that their children could be taken out of the labour market and put back in school. The strategy helps to make saving money convenient and possible. The video was produced as part of the ILO-IPEC action programme in partnership with Punla sa Tao Foundation.


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    The real price of gold: child labour in small-scale mining

    01 October 2000

    This video, produced by the Occupational Safety and Health Center of the Department of Labor and Employment, takes a look at children, mostly boys, working in small-scale gold mines. These children are put at risk of many hazards, among them workplace accidents, poor health conditions associated with exposure to mercury and acids, and inadequate nutrition and time for studying.


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    Out of sight, out of mind: child domestic workers in the Philippines

    01 April 1999

    In April 1999 Anti-Slavery began a project, which set out to raise the profile of a type of child labour that could be considered under the proposed ILO Worst Forms of Child Labour Convention. With the new Convention due to be adopted in June 1999, the project aimed to challenge the Philippine government's commitment to the new ILO Convention. The project was funded by Oxfam and Anti-Slavery, implemented together with Visayan Forum, a non-government organization working on migrant child labour issues. This video produced by Anti-Slavery as part of its campaign on child domestic workers in the Philippines, has led to the drafting of a law which will protect child domestic workers.