The International Labor Organization, in its program implementation report covering 2014-2015, has observed that the Philippines has strengthened mechanisms to implement its national legal framework for domestic workers and enhanced the capacities of the government and social partners.
Secretary Rosalinda Dimapilis-Baldoz, the outgoing labor and employment chief, bared this to reporters yesterday as part of the 32 results in 15 indicators for the Philippines that the ILO cited in the Report of the Director General: ILO Programme Implementation 2014-2015.
According to Baldoz, the Philippines is one of eight countries that have achieved 15 or more decent work program results during the period covered by the said Report.
A total of 774 results in 137 ILO member States and territories across all regions have been achieved in 2014-2015, according to the report, while a total of 69 member States have achieved 10 or more results. Eight member States, including the Philippines, achieved at least 15 or more results. The seven others are Cambodia, China, Egypt, Indonesia, Jordan, Vietnam, and Zambia.
“We welcome the ILO Director General’s Report as it affirms the comprehensive and sustained efforts of the Philippines in achieving decent work with ILO’s support,” said Secretary Baldoz about this milestone for the Philippines.
In Outcome 5-Working Conditions: Women and men have better and more equitable working conditions, the Philippines has chalked up two results in Indicator 5.1. Number of member States in which tripartite constituents, with ILO support, adopt policies or implement strategies to promote improved or more equitable working conditions, especially for the most vulnerable workers.
Baldoz said that in the first result in this indicator, the ILO report noted that the National Wages and Productivity Commission has promulgated the Rules of Procedure on Minimum Wage Fixing for Domestic Workers as an amendment to its Resolution No. 2 issued in November 2014, which brought the domestic minimum wage review and adjustment process within the national minimum wage adjustment system for all other workers.
“In addition, the Report noted the NWPC’s advisory on competency-based wage for domestic workers it issued on 24 February 2015, which aimed to compensate domestic workers for any additional qualifications they might earn,” Baldoz explained.
“In these issuances, the ILO provided the NWPC, an attached agency of the DOLE, with technical inputs on domestic work and minimum wage setting for domestic workers,” she added.
The second result in the indicator, as the ILO reported, show that trade unions—SENTRO, FFW, TUCP and affiliates, ALLWIES, Coalition of Migrant Workers, and organizations of all the workers subgroup of the domestic work tripartite working group—have adopted and implemented between October 2014 and June 2015 the ILO’s Domestic Workers Empowerment Program (DWEP).
“The DWEP is a key training strategy on rights awareness and basic financial literacy for domestic workers developed by the ILO in 2014 and which has benefited 73 facilitators and 424 domestic workers who can in turn train other domestic workers,” said Baldoz.