Equality and discrimination in the Philippines

Upland farming near Lake Sebu, South Cotabato.  Planting is a group effort, the men breaks the soil with a shovel or a hoe while women are usually in charge of sowing. (©ILO/A. Barredo).

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Central to ILO’s work since its founding in 1919 is promotion of equality between women and men and ending discrimination in the world of work. Combating discrimination through promotion of equality is an essential component in the Decent Work Common Agenda. Discrimination stifles development opportunities for workers, indigenous and tribal peoples, women, children, people with disabilities, workers with HIV/AIDS, and other socially isolated sectors of society.

Through promotion of freedom of association, the ILO seeks to prevent discrimination against workers organizing into trade unions at the same time encouraging employers to organize and promote private sector interests. A Freedom of Association project is implemented to support address anti-union discrimination, inter alia. Indigenous peoples faced historical discrimination and marginalization. Most indigenous communities, particularly in remote areas, do not benefit from the fruits of development. The ILO has implemented  various technical cooperation projects covering indigenous peoples in the Philippines. Campaign for ratification of Indigenous and Tribal Peoples Convention 1989 (No. 169) is an ongoing concern of the ILO.

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ILO Country Office for the Philippines (CO-Manila)
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1200 Makati City, Philippines

Tel: +632 8580 9900 or 8580 9915