News and press releases

May 2013

  1. Australian Aid and ILO support sustainable livelihoods in the Philippines' worst typhoon-hit areas

    23 May 2013

    Almost five months after typhoon Pablo (Bopha) hit the province of Davao Oriental in eastern Mindanao, Philippines, disaster-affected families in the municipalities of Baganga, Cateel and Boston still need help.

  2. International Nurses’ Day: EU and ILO Manila promote decent work agenda for Filipino health professionals

    06 May 2013

    Thousands of Filipino health professionals migrate every year for work raising important questions related to the global shortage and inequitable distribution of health professionals in and between many countries.

April 2013

  1. Island-wide consultations on the Batas Kasambahay (Domestic Workers Law)

    18 April 2013

    Public consultations on the rules and regulations of the Batas Kasambahay (Domestic Workers Law) were held nationwide. According to the Department of Labor and Employment, the Kasambahay Law fulfills the Philippine obligation to enact a national legislation in compliance with ILO Convention 189 Concerning Decent Work for Domestic Workers.

March 2013

  1. Survey on assessing working condition of Asian-Born Nurses in UK

    11 March 2013

    The EU-funded International Labour Organization project on Decent Work Across Borders (DWAB) is implementing a project focussing on the international migration of health professionals between the Philippines, India and Viet Nam to Europe. The ILO-DWAB is documenting working conditions of foreign trained nurses in the United Kingdom. If you were born in the Philippines, India or Viet Nam and are now working as a nurse in the UK, we would very much like to hear from you! Circulate widely! Survey is open until 31 May 2013.

  2. Online discussion on access and portability of Social Protection for Migrant Workers from 11 – 22 March 2013

    11 March 2013

    During our two week discussion, we'll be looking at the significant gaps in social protection for migrant workers and how these gaps can be filled.

  3. Enhancing the rights of indigenous peoples in the context of ILO Convention 169

    01 March 2013

    “Indigenous peoples’ lives are within the land,” as a Subanen tribal leader said. However, indigenous peoples continue to face struggles in relation to their rights, culture and ancestral domains. They often feel helpless, not knowing who to turn to.

February 2013

  1. DWAB online photo competition: Final judging

    20 February 2013

    Decent Work Across Borders together with the Alliance of Young Nurse Leaders (AYNLA) culminated its online photo competition last 20 February 2013 with the final judging of entries based on first round of judging which yielded twenty one photos. The entries were submitted by different young health professionals, mostly nurses, based in the Philippines and abroad. The judges were composed of the ILO Manila Senior Program Officer, a Program Officer from the Delegation of the European Union to the Philippines, a seasoned local and international photojournalist and the President of one of the health professional organizations in the Philippines.

  2. Consultation Meetings with Different Stakeholders on the Assessment of the Effects of Bilateral Labour Arrangements (BLA)

    04 February 2013

    A roundtable discussion was conducted last 11 February 2013 at the ILO auditorium where Ms. Makulec presented the initial result of the interviews. Twenty five participants from the tripartite partners of the ILO DWAB actively participated in the discussions and expressed their interest and commitment to the assessment. Ms Makulec will be in Manila in July to present the final research study.

  3. Training for Police Officers on Workers' Rights and Government Officials on International Labour Standards

    01 February 2013

    Police and government officials were trained on workers’ rights and international labour standards in relation to handling disputes and adopting a more human rights approach.

January 2013

  1. National child labor committee adopts good practices criteria to end child labour

    18 January 2013

    The National Child Labor Committee unanimously voted to adopt good practices criteria in programmes to eliminate and prevent child labour in the Philippines.

  2. Asia leads world in domestic worker numbers but legal protection, working conditions lag

    09 January 2013

    More than 21 million people across Asia and the Pacific – 80 per cent of them women – are employed as domestic workers, according to a new report by the International Labour Organization (ILO).

  3. ILO to launch global report on domestic workers

    07 January 2013

    A new report on the conditions of domestic workers worldwide will be launched by the International Labour Organization (ILO) on Wednesday, 9 January 2013 at 18:00 Manila Time (10:00 GMT).

December 2012

  1. ILO Director-General arrives in the Philippines, extends sympathies to typhoon survivors

    16 December 2012

    The Director-General of the International Labour Organization, Mr Guy Ryder, arrives today in Manila for a two-day visit and extends his sympathies to those who lost their loved-ones a year ago in Washi (Sendong) and more recently by Typhoon Bopha (Pablo).

  2. ILO Director-General visits the Philippines

    14 December 2012

    The Director-General of the International Labour Organization, Mr Guy Ryder, will visit the Philippines from 16 to 17 December. This will be Mr Ryder’s first visit to the Philippines since he was elected on 1 October 2012.

September 2012

  1. Landmark treaty for domestic workers to come into force

    05 September 2012

    The ILO’s Convention on Domestic Workers has now been ratified by two countries, meaning it will come into effect in a year’s time. The Convention extends basic labour rights to tens of millions of domestic workers worldwide.

August 2012

  1. Philippines ratification marks global milestone for decent work for seafarers

    21 August 2012

    The Philippines is the 30th Member to have its ratification registered and join the group of the “first 30” ILO countries to demonstrate their commitment to ensuring decent work for seafarer and a level playing field for quality shipowners.

  2. Philippines ratification marks global milestone for decent work for seafarers

    20 August 2012

    The Philippines is the 30th Member to have its ratification registered and join the group of the “first 30” ILO countries to demonstrate their commitment to ensuring decent work for seafarer and a level playing field for quality shipowners.

  3. ILO, UNICEF and WHO hail significant increase in breastfeeding rates

    01 August 2012

    On the commemoration of Global Breastfeeding Week, the International Labour Organization (ILO), UNICEF and the World Health Organization (WHO) congratulated the Government of the Philippines for the significant increase in exclusive breastfeeding rates in the country. However, the challenge of breastfeeding when a mother returns to work still remains. Many working women face difficulties with the risk of income loss after giving birth.

July 2012

  1. Queen of Spain reviews development projects

    17 July 2012

    Her Majesty Queen Sofia of Spain visited the Philippines to review Spanish-funded development projects that have helped thousands of disadvantaged youth and indigenous peoples towards better lives.

  2. Improving delivery of entrepreneurship training to disadvantaged youth

    12 July 2012

    Trainers of ILO’s entrepreneurship programme, Start and Improve Your Business (SIYB), shared their experiences in training disadvantaged youth in Masbate, Antique, Maguindanao and Agusan del Sur, during the Refresher Workshop for Master Trainers and Trainers of SIYB in May 2012.