News and press releases

June 2012

  1. ILO survey: 5.5 million working children in the Philippines

    27 June 2012

    The government has announced it is scaling up the campaign to put an end to the worst forms of child labour by 2016.

  2. Philippines scales up fight against child labour, ILO urges renewed action towards global deadline

    26 June 2012

    The Philippines launched a nationwide campaign against child labour. The "Batang Malaya", Child labor free Philippines, is the country’s response for renewed action towards the global deadline of ending the worst forms of child labour by 2016.

May 2012

  1. Out-of-school youth find hope in entrepreneurship

    22 May 2012

    Merly Ybanez dropped out from college in 2008 because her parents cannot pay anymore her school fees. Her mother, who was into small scale buy and sell of agricultural products, became a breadwinner when her father got sick. As the youngest of 6 children, she helped her parents in daily household chores.

  2. Technical vocational skills training for disadvantaged youth in Masbate

    22 May 2012

    The Technical Skills and Development Authority (TESDA) confirmed the 2nd batch of 250 disadvantaged youth as graduates of labour market-responsive technical vocational skills training in Masbate on May 4. To date, a total of 500 disadvantaged youth completed the 13 training courses offered by TESDA its accredited 11 technical vocational institutions in the province.

  3. Philippine tripartite-plus stakeholders discuss ethical recruitment in the health sector

    18 May 2012

    On 17 May 2012, the ILO, with the leadership of Philippines’ Department of Health (DOH) and Department of Labor and Employment (DOLE), and in collaboration with the World Health Organization (WHO), organized a participatory workshop whose goal was to contribute to the monitoring of the implementation of the 2010 WHO Global Code of Practice on International Recruitment of Health Personnel. The event brought together more than 50 representatives from various government agencies, workers and employers organizations, recruitment agencies and health professional organizations.

  4. Advocates walk for a child-labour free Bukidnon

    15 May 2012

    Bukidnon - Around 3,000 anti-child labour advocates, government officials and programme partners flooded the street of Malaybalay City during the Walk for a Child Labour-Free Bukidnon held on Labour Day, 1 May.

April 2012

  1. Media Advisory: ILO to publish the 2012 edition of the World of Work Report

    24 April 2012

    Manila (ILO News) - The ILO will launch its annual report “World of Work Report 2012: Better Jobs for a Better Economy” on Monday 30 April 2012. The new study examines the performance of different countries since the start of the global crisis through the prism of the quantity and quality of jobs. The new study, along with all associated material and information are embargoed until 07:01 a.m. on Monday, 30 April (Manila time).

  2. New database on national responses to global economic crisis

    20 April 2012

    Manila (ILO News) - The International Labour Organization (ILO) and the World Bank (WB) have created a comprehensive new database that for the first time lists and examines the policy responses taken by 77 countries since the start of the financial and economic crisis.

  3. Young leaders voice concerns on youth employment in the Philippines

    19 April 2012

    Young Filipino leaders raised concerns on youth unemployment and migration, access to information, education and training, protection and promotion of workers’ rights in a recent youth employment forum held in Manila. The forum joined by over a hundred youth, was an opportunity to review the draft National Action Plan for Youth and discus the challenges that face many young people today.

  4. Promoting youth employment through local economic development

    13 April 2012

    Local governments play a pivotal role to strengthen local economic development in the context of promoting youth employment.

  5. Entrepreneurship a career option to address youth employment challenge in Maguindanao

    13 April 2012

    Young people from Maguindanao often leave their hometown to work in Manila, urban areas, or overseas due to limited opportunities. Maguindanao, a province in South Central Mindanao was the 6th poorest province in the Philippines in 2011 based on findings of the National Statistical Coordination Board. The unemployment rate of youth belonging to 20-24 year age bracket was estimated at 65 per cent, higher than the national average. The youth in the 15-24 year age bracket accounts for 18.76 per cent of the total population which is lower than national level at 20 per cent.

  6. Local partnerships forged to create employment opportunities for the youth

    13 April 2012

    Public and private sector partners have pledged their support to young people in Masbate, Antique, Maguindanao and Agusan del Sur. These young people were among those trained by the Department of Labor and Employment (DOLE) and Technical Skills and Development Authority (TESDA) on labour market-responsive entrepreneurship and technical vocational skills in coordination with the provincial local government.

March 2012

  1. Over a hundred young Filipino leaders gather to discuss youth employment crisis

    29 March 2012

    Over a hundred youth leaders and representatives met with government agency officials, workers and employers group, academe, and civil society organizations in a youth employment forum dubbed, “Kahit Saan, Kahit Kailan: Marangal na Trabaho para sa Kabataan Matatagpuan (Any Time, Any Where: Decent Work for Young Filipinos).” The forum is part of the International Labour Organization’s declaration of March as youth employment month and of a series of nationwide action planning workshops that seeks to address concerns on youth employment and migration in the Philippines.

  2. Sustainable reintegration services for Thai, Filipino migrants showcased in ILO-EU conference

    27 March 2012

    Sustainable return and reintegration support services for Thai and Filipino migrant workers were showcased in a Conference today, held under the auspices of a technical cooperation project implemented by the International Labour Organization (ILO), with support from the European Union (EU).

  3. 100 days after Sendong: Time to restore livelihoods through decent jobs

    26 March 2012

    One hundred days after Sendong, many storm-affected individuals are in search of decent jobs to rebuild their lives and to restore their livelihoods. Regie Loyola, 29, was one of the 624,000 people whose livelihoods had been affected when Tropical Storm Sendong hit many parts of Northern Mindanao last December 2011. “Livelihoods were washed out by the storm,” said Regie, a helper and mechanic assistant. “Many storm-affected people are searching for jobs after the storm to feed their children and to help their families survive. But it is hard for me to look for a job because I did not finish high school.”

  4. ILO launches a video contest on Decent Work for Youth

    09 March 2012

    MANILA (ILO News) - You’ve got two minutes to tell your story! You can make a difference! The ILO launches a video contest for young people to show how the global jobs crisis is affecting them and their communities.

February 2012

  1. ILO and the Embassy of Finland increase support to indigenous peoples in the Philippines

    29 February 2012

    The International Labour Organization (ILO) and the Embassy of Finland in Manila agreed to increase support to indigenous peoples in the Philippines, mainly the T’boli and Ubo tribes in Lake Sebu, South Cotabato.

  2. ILO meets Philippine embassy officials, trade unions, migrant groups in Paris, Rome

    09 February 2012

    PARIS, FRANCE—Representatives from the International Labour Organization (ILO) conducted meetings at the Philippine Embassies in Paris and Rome this month to validate the results of the European Union (EU)-funded research that sought to improve service delivery for distressed on Filipino and Thai migrant workers.

January 2012

  1. Global Employment Trends 2012: World faces a 600 million jobs challenge, warns ILO

    24 January 2012

    The world faces the “urgent challenge” of creating 600 million productive jobs over the next decade in order to generate sustainable growth and maintain social cohesion, according to the annual report on global employment by the International Labour Organization (ILO).

  2. ILO to issue annual report on global employment trends and jobs crisis

    19 January 2012

    The International Labour Organization (ILO) will issue its annual Global Employment Trends report (GET) against the background of a lingering jobs crisis and the prospects of a further deterioration of economic activity.