Social Dialogue to achieve the Sustainable Development Goals: country brief PHILIPPINES

Philippines is one of the world’s four top countries sending migrant domestic workers in the world and employs nationally over two million domestic workers. Of them, 84 per cent are women. The vast majority of these jobs are informal. Since 2009, the country has been taking serious steps to formalise domestic worker. A social dialogue process led to the ratification of the ILO Convention 189 on Domestic Workers, which was followed by the approval of a Domestic Workers Act in 2013. This law led to a series of improvements of the status of domestic workers. The minimum wage rose, a working time protection was approved, child labour in domestic work was forbidden and the right to social security and health insurance coverage was granted.