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Peace building

Job skills boost confidence,
build peace in Zamboanga

Rijal Ibrahim Rasul was forced to drop out of school to sell fish with his father. His family lost their livelihood after the Zamboanga siege. The eldest among three children, Rijal hopes to find a better job to support his family.

“It was hard to find a decent job. I lost my confidence after applying on several jobs. I felt I was also discriminated as a Muslim. I was forced to accept whatever work is available or to borrow money for my family to survive,” said the 23-year old Rijal from Sta. Catalina.

The mere thought of gun shots and the trauma experienced during the siege still makes Jewelyn cry. The 20-year old Jewelyn Baguio also lost their source of income and relied on the help of the government after the siege.

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16th Asia and the Pacific Regional Meeting

ILO’s Asia-Pacific labour conference calls for more efforts to achieve equitable economic growth with decent work

The 16th Asia and the Pacific Regional Meeting (APRM)  of the International Labour Organization (ILO) concluded with a call for governments, workers’ and employers’ organizations in the region to do more to promote inclusive growth, social justice and decent work.

At the closing ceremony of the APRM, delegates agreed a Bali Declaration which outlines priorities for policies and actions at national level and by the ILO. 

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Social protection

ASEAN’s governments, workers and employers recommend strengthening social protection
to build better resilience to disasters

Social protection can play an important role in building resilience to natural disasters, according to experts gathered at an International Labour Organization (ILO) and Association of South-East Asian Nations (ASEAN) seminar, which happened in Manila on 22-24 November 2016.

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Recommendations of the ILO-ASEAN Seminar on the potential of social protection to build resilience to disasters

Safety and health at work

ILO: Safety and health culture crucial in the Philippines

Despite economic progress, the Philippines faces the challenge of young people in search for decent jobs. Skills mismatch coupled with limited awareness of labour rights, often lead young people to create or accept whatever work is available. They turn to low pay, low productive jobs where unsafe and unhealthy working conditions prevail. These workplace safety and health challenges were highlighted at the 15th National Occupational Safety and Health Congress held on 17-18 November in Quezon City. 

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Fishing labour convention

ILO Work in Fishing Convention No.188 (2007)
to enter into force

New labour standards designed to improve working conditions for millions of workers in the fishing sector will enter into force by November 2017, as Lithuania ratifies ILO Convention No. 188 this year. Over 38 million people work in capture fisheries globally, in an industry recognized as one of the most dangerous of all professions. The news of the Convention entering into force comes as a major boost to efforts to ensure decent work for fishers worldwide.
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Promoting jobs, building peace in Zamboanga
Public-private partnership
in the sardines capital build skills,
provide jobs to displaced people.
Start and Improve Your Business:
Seaweed farmers save more,
earn more in Zamboanga
Displaced people in Zamboanga
earn and rebuild their community
after the skills training in carpentry.
Young people discriminated and
displaced by the conflict
gain skills, find jobs
Photos ©ILO/Arkipelago and M. Rimando

Events and meetings

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Global Wage Report 2016/17:
Wage inequality
in the workplace 

Sending our warm greetings
as we wish you all the best for 2017!
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