EV closes 2020
with 2.4% inflation rate
January 20, 2021
TACLOBAN CITY –
Eastern Visayas closed 2020 with a 2.4 percent Inflation Rate (IR).
This IR is 0.6 percentage point higher compared with the 1.8 percent
IR a month ago. This is also 0.9 percentage point higher than the
recorded 1.5 percent IR in the same period last year.
The regional IR is 1.1
percentage points lower than the 3.5 percent national average
inflation rate in December 2020.
Samar, Northern Samar,
Southern Leyte, and Leyte registered higher IRs in December 2020
compared with their figures in November 2020. Samar and Northern
Samar recorded the increase in their IRs at 1.9 percentage points,
pushing their IRs in December 2020 to 5.5 percent and 4.0 percent,
respectively. Southern Leyte and Leyte’s IRs, meanwhile, rose to 3.2
percent and 1.9 percent, respectively. Both provinces recorded 0.6
percentage point increase from their figures in November 2020.
On the other hand, Biliran
registered a 1.0 percentage point decrease in IR. It declined to 0.8
percent in December 2020 from 1.8 percent in November 2020. This is
the lowest IR among the provinces during the month in review.
Eastern Samar, meanwhile, eased down to 1.5 percent in December 2020
from 1.7 percent in November 2020.
Of the 11 commodity groups
in the region, five (5) exhibited higher IRs in December 2020
compared with their rates in November 2020. Alcoholic beverages and
tobacco commodity group registered the biggest increase of 2.9
percentage points, from 6.4 percent in November 2020 to 9.3 percent
in December 2020. This acceleration may be traced to the
double-digit IR (12.4%) registered in the index for tobacco.
The IR for food and
non-alcoholic beverages commodity group increased by 1.4 percentage
points, from 1.7 percent in November 2020 to 3.1 percent in December
2020. Higher IRs were noted in all items under this commodity group.
Vegetables index registered the highest increase of 4.7 percentage
points, posting a double-digit IR of 13.0 percent in December 2020
from 8.3 percent in November 2020.
Fish index recorded 2.9
percent IR in December 2020 from 0.6 percent deflation in November
2020. Corn index continued to register deflation but at slower rate
of 0.4 percent during the reference month from 0.5 percent deflation
in November 2020. The rest of the items under this commodity group
recorded increases in IRs ranging from 0.1 percent to 2.2 percent.
Transport commodity group
recorded 1.1 percentage points increase in its IR, from 3.9 percent
in November 2020 to 5.0 percent in December 2020. The 3.1 percent
deflation registered in the index for operation of personal
transport equipment was offset by the higher IR (8.9%) posted in the
index for transport services.
Compared with their
November 2020 levels, the IRs for clothing and footwear commodity
group (2.7%) and health commodity group (1.2%) were higher by 0.2
percentage point and 0.1 percentage point, respectively, in December
On the other hand, annual
price change for housing, water, electricity, gas and other fuels
commodity group declined by 1.1 percentage points. The 0.5 percent
IR in November 2020 dropped to 0.6 percent deflation in December
2020. This can be attributed to the significant decrease in the
index for electricity, gas and other fuels to 2.8 percent deflation
in December 2020, from 0.1 percent deflation in November 2020.
The deflation for
communication commodity group eased down by 0.1 percentage point,
settling at 1.6 percent during the month in review.
The commodity groups of
restaurants and miscellaneous goods and services; furnishings,
household equipment and routine maintenance of the house; and
education retained their previous month’s IRs at 3.8 percent, 2.4
percent, and 0.4 percent, respectively. Meanwhile, recreation and
culture commodity group retained its previous month’s deflation at
The Purchasing Power of
Peso (PPP) of the region remained at P0.78 in December 2020. This
PPP implies that the goods and services worth P78.00 in 2012 is
worth P100.00 in December 2020.
Compared to their levels
in November 2020, PPP in Samar (P0.71) weakened by P0.02 in December
2020. This is the lowest PPP among the provinces during the month in
review. PPP in Leyte (P0.80), Southern Leyte (P0.79), Eastern Samar
(P0.75), and Northern Samar (P0.72) weakened by P0.01 in December
2020. Biliran, meanwhile, retained its previous month’s PPP at P0.82
registering the strongest PPP among the provinces during the
Alias Apple, Secretary of FC 2, SRC Emporium, EVRPC.
repel CTG’s intents to sow havoc during Christmas time in Northern
December 25, 2020
CAMP LUKBAN, Catbalogan
CIty – In a series of encounters this week, the government
troops repelled Communist NPA Terrorists (CNTs) who were planning to
sow chaos during the Christmas celebration in Northern Samar.
A high-ranking New
People's Army (NPA) terrorist leader was killed while another
wounded NPA was arrested during the five successive encounters.
Several high and low-powered firearms, ammunition, improvised
explosive devices (IEDs), claymore mine, and grenades were also
The first encounter
between the troops of the 43rd Infantry Battalion and a group of
CNTs occurred in Barangay Happy Valley, San Isidro, in the morning
of December 21, 2020.
The 30-minute gunfight
resulted in the death of a certain Jerry Lutao, alias 'Apple',
Secretary of Front Committee 2, Sub-Regional Committee (SRC)
Emporium, Eastern Visayas Regional Party Committee (EVRPC) whose
body was left behind by the retreating comrades.
The troops also overran
the CNT’s lair and successfully seized one M16, M4, M4KG, .38
revolver, magazines, two rifle grenades, a hand grenade, four IEDs,
claymore mine, bomb triggering devices, backpacks, cellphones,
generator sets, medical supplies, NPA flag, and subversive
In the morning of December
22, 2020, while on pursuit operation, the troops of the 43rd IB
encountered six CNTs at the vicinity of Barangay Happy Valley, San
No casualty on the
government side while an undetermined casualty on the enemy's side
was reported during the 10-minute firefight.
Five hours after the
morning encounter, troops of 43rd IB clashed with the same group of
CNTs at the vicinity of Sitio Agsam, Barangay Happy Valley, San
Isidro. Seized during the encounter were two shotguns, one caliber
.38 revolver with ammunition, one magazine of .45 pistol loaded with
7 rounds of ammunition, cellphones, and backpacks.
The fourth encounter
transpired at dawn of December 23, 2020, at the vicinity of Km 14,
Barangay Happy Valley of the same town. One Communist NPA Terrorist
(CNT) was wounded and troops immediately gave him first aid. He was
identified as Jonas Dela Torre alias Jonel, 36, years old, Team
Leader of Squad Uno, Front Committee 2. Troops were able to recover
Dela Torres's AK47 rifle.
The last encounter
happened hours before Christmas Eve when troops from 43rd IB engaged
in a 15-minute gunfight with three CNTs still at Barangay Happy
Valley, San Isidro, Northern Samar.
There were no reported
casualties on the government side while there are heavy casualties
on CNT’s side as indicated by bloodstains at enemy’s route of
Recovered at the encounter
site were two M16 rifles, magazines, ammunition, and one improvised
hand grenade. Troops are still on pursuit operation.
According to 43rdIB
Commanding Officer, Lieutenant Colonel Raymundo C Picut Jr, all
their military intelligence are closely monitoring the activities of
the Communist Party of the Philippines New People's Army (CPP-NPA)
this holiday season as it planned to really conduct atrocities in
"Maliban sa panggugulo
ngayong kapaskuhan sa mga remote at vulnerable areas ay magsasagawa
rin sila ng mga tactical offensives sa mga military detachments at
police stations lalo na ngayong nalalapit na rin ang ika-52
anibersaryo ng CPP-NPA,” Picut said.
Because of the dwindling
ranks of the NPA, 8th Infantry Division Commander Major General Pio
Q Diñoso III said, it is unlikely for the Communist Terrorists to
hold a large meeting during CPP's founding anniversary on December
He assured the people of
Eastern Visayas that troops will be guarding communities to ensure a
meaningful and peaceful Christmas celebration.
"Bilib at hanga ako sa
lakas at determinasyon ng ating mga tropa. Gamit ang ating
makabagong technology, military assets kasama ang ating K9 team at
mga pursigidong sundalo at sa tulong ng mga residente, hindi natin
titigilan ang pagtugis sa mga teroristang NPA hanggang sa magapi
natin sila. Maliban na lamang kung mapag-pasyahan na nilang sumuko
para maibalik natin sila ng buhay sa kanilang mga pamilya." Major
General Diñoso added.
2-Day Year-End Performance Assessment (YEPA) held last
December 7 & 9, 2020 at NMP Training Complex, Cabalawan,
NMP bares 2020
accomplishments during YEPA
December 23, 2020
TACLOBAN CITY – The
National Maritime Polytechnic (NMP), the sole government maritime
training and research center in the country conducted its 2020
Year-End Performance Assessment (YEPA) and 2021 Corporate Planning
Exercise on 07 & 9 December 2020 at the NMP Complex, Tacloban City.
The Agency’s accomplishments as of 30 November 2020 were presented
and assessed vis-à-vis its Thrusts and Priorities as well as
performance commitments as contained in the 2020 Office Performance
Commitment Review (OPCR), Annual Action Plan, and NMP Strategic
As to the conduct of maritime trainings, NMP was able to train a
total of 5,405 seafarer- trainees as of 30 November 2020
representing an accomplishment of 113.55% from its reformulated
annual target of 4,500. The trainees certificated comprised of
aspiring and active seafarers, maritime instructors, assessors and
supervisors and other allied personnel in the maritime industry.
All (100%) of the trainees were issued with certificate within
seventy-two (72) hours from successful completion of all course
requirements. Further, 100% (2,242 out of 2,242) of
trainees-assessed who requested for Training Completion and Record
Assessment (TCROA) were issued with TCROA after completion of the
This is a notable accomplishment considering that the Agency only
resumed its conduct of training operations in July 2020 after its
suspension on 16 March 2020 in line with the declaration of state of
public health emergency in the Philippines due to the outbreak of
Contributing significantly to the output performance were the
conduct of Professional Development Courses (PDC) in NMP Manila with
256 certificates issued and the accreditation of ten (10) STCW
courses, namely: Ratings Forming Part of a Navigational Watch (RFPNW);
Medical First Aid (MEFA); Survival Craft and Rescue Boats other than
Fast Rescue Boats (SCRB); Refresher Course on Survival Craft and
Rescue Boats other than Fast Rescue Boats (RSCRB); Global Maritime
Distress and Safety System Radio Operators (GMDSS RO); Ratings
Forming Part of a Watch in a Manned Engine-room/designated to
perform duties in a Periodically Unmanned Engine Room (RFPEW); Basic
Training (BT); Refresher Course on Basic Training (RBT); Advanced
Fire Fighting (AFF); and Refresher Course on Advanced Fire Fighting
Ingrained to serve despite of the health crisis, NMP also
transitioned to "new and better normal" by offering in August 2020,
FREE online courses on: STD/HIV/AIDS Prevention in the Maritime
Sector (SHAPIMS); Prevention of Alcohol and Drug Abuse in the
Maritime Sector (PADAMS); and Gender Sensitivity Training for
Seafarers (GSTS). A pilot-class on Oily Water Separator (OWS) Course
and Updating Training on Basic Safety (BTU) using blended learning
were also held last 10 & 17 October 2020, respectively.
Likewise, as part of the Agency’s thrust in keeping its training
services abreast and receptive to the varying demands of the
maritime industry, one (1) maritime training course was developed
and approved by the NMP Board of Trustees last 25 November 2020,
namely: Vessel Crane Operator Course.
The imposition of Enhanced Community Quarantine (ECQ) in the
different parts of the country affected the Agency’s major
activities including those under its Maritime Research Program. The
dissemination of the CY 2019 completed researches through the
conduct of Stakeholders’ Fora in Manila and Davao in April 2020 and
the data gathering activities in March and April 2020 for the four
(4) researches targeted for completion within the year were
With NMP’s request for the reformulation of its targets having been
granted by the Department of Budget and Management (DBM), its target
for the conduct of researches was reduced from four (4) to two (2)
researches completed and two (2) research proposals developed. As of
November 2020, three (3) researches are on near completion stages,
the research entitled “An Examination of the Online Learning
Readiness of Filipino Seafarers” is 80% accomplished, the study on
“Managing the Threats of a Pandemic: Response of the Philippine
Maritime Industry to COVID-19” is 72% accomplished while the
research titled “An Assessment on the NMP's Capability to Conduct
Online Training” is 75% accomplished.
On research proposals developed, the proposal on “Managing the
Threats of a Pandemic: Response of the Philippine Maritime Industry
to COVID-19” was completed while the proposal on “Issues and
Concerns on the Philippines’ Non-Ratification of STCW-F” is 80%
Meanwhile, the cancellation of the Research Fora in April 2020 has
led to the enhancement of the NMP e-Research Portal to facilitate
the research dissemination and validation processes. The portal may
also serve as a discussion forum for the development of the NMP
Three-year Research Agenda (CY 2021-2023) where the involvement of
the stakeholders is the foremost priority.
Also, complementing the efforts of providing quality maritime
training and the conduct of relevant researches were the
implementation of administrative and support programs that
significantly contributed to the NMP’s sustained productivity.
On two (2) Information Systems (IS) targeted to be developed by
year-end, the Document Tracking System was completed in June 2020
while the Work Queue Information System has a 95% cumulative
In terms of infrastructure projects, Repainting of Maritime Training
Building (Phase 2) was completed in July 2020 and Repair of Staff
House No. 4 and Renovation/Improvement of Learning Resource Center (LRC)
were accomplished in August 2020.
Similarly, repair / improvement of NMP buildings, structures and
facilities damaged by Typhoon Ursula on 24 December 2019 were also
undertaken and 100% accomplished, namely: Repair/ replacement of
Damaged Existing Perimeter Fence; Fabrication/ Installation of
Double Wall Folding wood Partition @ Maritime Training Annex
Building and Provision of Rain Water Catcher; Repair/ Replacement of
Glass Partition at Registrar’s Office Waiting Area; Repair/
Improvement of Existing Concrete Seawall and Repair/ Replacement of
Existing Damaged Roofing @ DED Staff House, School Buildings,
Officer’s and Rating’s Dormitory. Said projects were funded from the
Government Service Insurance System (GSIS) insurance proceeds
received after the destruction brought by the Super Typhoon Yolanda
Moreover, the Agency has successfully passed the surveillance audit
of NMP Quality Management System (QMS) conducted by the SOCOTEC
Certification Philippines Inc. on 05 March 2020 and was recommended
for continued certification under ISO 9001:2015 Standard.
On top of these accomplishments, however, NMP Executive Director
Joel B. Maglunsod still pushed for the completion of other
deliverables that have yet to be completed for 2020.
Further, NMP continues to conduct face-to-face trainings to those
residents of Region VIII with strict implementation of the Maritime
Industry Authority’s (MARINA) approved Post-Enhanced Community
Quarantine Operational Plan and other health and safety protocols as
required by the Department of Health (DOH), Department of Labor and
Employment (DOLE), and local government unit (LGU) of Tacloban.
Filipino seafarers who are interested to avail of the NMP’s FREE
online classes on SHAPIMS, PADAMS, and GSTS may register through
this link: https://nmp.gov.ph/online-course-offerings/.
Interested stakeholders who wish to validate the authenticity of
their seafarers-employed with NMP issued certificates may visit
www.verify.nmp.gov.ph. Likewise, those interested in NMP research
undertakings may visit the NMP website and access the e-Research
Information System Portal which is designed to disseminate NMP
completed researches, present the Research Agenda, and engage the
industry stakeholders to collaborate in the research activities.
Further, NMP encourages OWWA registered seafarers to avail of the
NMP-OWWA (Overseas Workers Welfare Administration) Seafarers’
Upgrading Program (SUP) and Skills for Employment Scholarship
Program (SESP) which entitles the beneficiary to receive financial
assistance for training costs from the OWWA.
than 60 children in Barangay Banawang, Tunga, Leyte
receive toys and goodies from employees of Department of
Agrarian Reform Regional Office 8 on December 16, 2020.
DAR continues its
tradition of sharing this holiday season
JOSE ALSMITH L. SORIA
December 22, 2020
TUNGA, Leyte – Some
40 households in a remote village in this town will somehow
celebrate with joy on Christmas eve as they received a bag of
“pang-noche buena” items from the Department of Agrarian Reform
With the help of barangay
officials and teachers in the area, personnel of the Support to
Operations Division of the DAR Regional Office-8, headed by Regional
Chief Admin Officer, Ma. Fe Castro, distributed on Wednesday,
December 16, bags of “pang-noche buena” items in Barangay Banawang,
a village six kilometers away from the national highway, which
crosses a river and a mountain.
Aside from the excited
housewives who received the said items, some 60 children in the area
also received goodies and toys for them to feel the spirit of
But before distributing
the Christmas presents, the DAR employees instill to the residents
in the area, both adults and children, the importance of social
distancing and wearing of face masks to contain the spread of the
dreaded coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19), thus facemasks were
likewise provided to those who were not wearing it.
A day before, the Legal
Division of the same office, headed by Legal Chief, Atty.
Christopher Ryan Rosal, opted to distribute food packs to 40
children living at the Tacloban City by-pass road.
Yesterday, the Agrarian
Reform Beneficiaries Development and Sustainability Program (ARBDSP)
Division, headed by ARBDSP chief, Melecia Ong, chose the 39 persons
deprived of liberty (PDL) at the Tacloban City Jail’s Women’s Dorm
as beneficiaries of hygiene kits.
Meanwhile, the Land Tenure
Service (LTS) Division, headed by LTS Chief, Francis Diloy,
distributed food packs and goodies today to children living in
Barangay 74 also in Tacloban City.
Regional Director Ismael
Aya-ay said, DAR-8 will continue its tradition of sharing something
out of personal generosity especially to the less fortunate this
season of giving with or without pandemic.
IFC and CARD MRI
partner to help Filipina entrepreneurs weather COVID-19
December 22, 2020
MANILA – Women
entrepreneurs in the Philippines stand to benefit from new loans
issued to two of the country's largest microfinance institutions,
which will help keep businesses afloat and save jobs as the
Philippines grapples with the economic impacts of the COVID-19
The International Finance
Corporation (IFC), a member of the World Bank Group, plans to issue
up to 750 million Philippine pesos ($15 million) in debt financing
to CARD Bank Inc. and CARD SME Bank Inc. which are part of the
Center for Agriculture and Rural Development – Mutually Reinforcing
Institutions Group (CARD MRI).
The investment aims to
benefit over 60,000 companies, 44,000 of which are micro, small and
medium enterprises (MSMEs) owned or led by women. The banks have
more than 120 branches and serve four million customers. Support
from the Women Entrepreneurs Finance Initiative (We-Fi) in the form
of performance-based incentives will help the banks reach
pre-defined targets for lending to women-owned/led small and
medium-sized enterprises (SMEs).
entrepreneurs are fighting to recover from the grave effects of the
pandemic, and we are right behind them every step of the way" said
Dr. Jaime Aristotle B. Alip, Founder and Chairman Emeritus of CARD
MRI. "We believe that a poverty-free Philippines can be achieved by
empowering these women to reach their full potential. Through this
partnership with IFC, we can reach more women-owned and led MSMEs
and help them continue their journey towards a better future."
The funding will provide
critical working capital to MSMEs, which have been especially
disadvantaged by the pandemic due to the lack of funding buffers and
capacity to restart operations during strict quarantine periods.
MSMEs account for 99.5 percent of businesses in the Philippines.
More than half of those businesses are led by women, and the largest
share of companies operate in wholesale and retail, which have been
particularly impacted by COVID-19.
The financing package is
part of IFC's $8 billion global COVID-19 fast-track financing
facility, aimed at helping businesses stay afloat during the ongoing
public health crisis. The loans are being provided through IFC's
Working Capital Solutions Program, a $2 billion facility that
provides funding to emerging-market banks to extend credit to help
businesses shore up their working capital.
"We are delighted to
continue our long-standing relationship with Dr. Alip and the CARD
MRI Group," said Rosy Khanna, Regional Industry Director for
Financial Institutions Asia Pacific at IFC. "The success of
women-owned businesses in the Philippines is critical to the success
of the overall economy. Our investment will help provide much-needed
working capital at a crucial time for micro, small and medium sized
businesses, helping them to sustain operations and save jobs so they
are on a better footing for a successful post-crisis recovery."
The transaction is IFC's
first investment in the Philippines as part of its Banking on Women
business, which provides financing and expertise to financial
institutions to help them profitably finance women-owned businesses.
Women customers present a substantial growth opportunity for
financial institutions and financial-technology companies, known as
fintechs. Women own and lead roughly 9.7 million formal SMEs and
63.8 million micro-businesses in emerging markets, with a total
estimated unmet credit demand of $1.5 trillion.
The transaction builds on
a relationship between IFC and CARD MRI that began in 2007, when IFC
helped CARD MRI develop an SME lending platform. Since then, the two
institutions have worked together on a series of initiatives,
including agrifinance, digital risk management and the Binhi Crop
Insurance Program, which protects farmers from the adverse effects
of natural disasters.
CARD MRI aims to empower
socially and economically challenged women and families by providing
access to financial, educational, social and health services. The
group has 6.9 million clients and insures over 25 million people in
Entrepreneurs Finance Initiative (We-Fi) is a collaborative
partnership among the 14 governments that have made financial
contributions, six multilateral development banks that serve as
implementing partners, and other public and private stakeholders.
We-Fi was formally established in October 2017 as a Financial
Intermediary Fund hosted by the World Bank. We-Fi invests in
programs and projects that help unlock billions of dollars in
financing to address the full range of barriers facing women
entrepreneurs—increasing access to finance, markets, technology, and
mentoring, while strengthening policy, legal and regulatory
frameworks. As one of the We-Fi Implementing Partners, IFC supports
private sector clients with investment and advisory services to
expand financial services and market access for women-owned/led
firms, as well as increasing the capacity of women entrepreneurs to
run high-growth businesses. For more information, visit www.we-fi.org.
IFC – a member of the World Bank Group—is the largest global
development institution focused on the private sector in emerging
markets. We work in more than 100 countries, using our capital,
expertise, and influence to create markets and opportunities in
developing countries. In fiscal year 2020, we invested $22 billion
in private companies and financial institutions in developing
countries, leveraging the power of the private sector to end extreme
poverty and boost shared prosperity. For more information, visit www.ifc.org.
About CARD MRI
CARD Mutually Reinforcing Institutions (CARD MRI) is a group of
institutions with a holistic approach to development. Established in
1986, CARD MRI has continuously provided socio-economically
challenged families with access to financial, microinsurance,
education, livelihood, health and other capacity-building services.
CARD Bank and CARD SME Bank are both member-institutions of CARD MRI
with clients served of 3.3M and 1M individuals, respectively.
Violence Against Women
call for the protection of those vulnerable to violence
Associated Labor Unions
December 20, 2020
QUEZON CITY – The
Associated Labor Unions (ALU) and global unions Building and Wood
Workers International (BWI), and IndustriALL, are calling for the
protection of workers and other persons in situations of
vulnerability from gender-based violence perpetuated or condoned by
individuals, institutions and the State, especially in the midst of
pandemic Christmas season.
ALU National Executive
Vice President Gerard Seno urged the government, employers, and
communities to tighten their measures to address violence and
harassment against frontliners, jobseekers and applicants, those in
contractual arrangement, probationary period, night work, domestic
work, women with disabilities, and in poverty.
On December 20, on the
occasion of the anniversary of the 1993 adoption of the United
Nations’ Declaration on the Elimination of Violence against Women,
ALU National Vice President and Women’s Committee Chair Eva Arcos
continued to value its pioneering explicitness from which
governments are obligated to act and from which many national and
international instruments and programs addressing gender-based
violence were built.
Arcos, however said that,
27 years and ILO Convention 190 on Violence and Harassment (2019)
after, the Philippines has gotten worse in terms of bridging the gap
between law and practice, and in delivering justice to victims who
died or survived from gender-based violence, and in protecting
witnesses, whistleblowers and defenders.
Arcos reminds full
compliance to existing women-specific laws and international
instruments which the Philippines signed or ratified. Swift actions
are needed for victims of gender-based violence to include right to
remove themselves from an unsafe work situation, protection from
retaliation, 10-day paid leave, employment facilitation, access to
financial assistance or low-interest credit facility, equal access
to justice mechanism, free legal assistance, establishment of more
shelters in the country, and counseling services.
Seno pressed for the
necessity of having gender-sensitive public officials and officers
of the law, of enforcing penalties, and complying with the mandatory
psychological counseling or psychiatric treatment for offenders.
Health and safety risk,
flexible work arrangements, joblessness, reduced income, work from
home, home-schooling, childcare, difficulties in reporting and
limited access to essential services are aggravating circumstances
to cases of violence and harassment that jeopardize not only women’s
health and safety, but also their capability to access, remain, and
advance in the labor market.
The labor unions pointed
out that aside from the need to update and publicly circulate
database on gender-based violence and harassment, the government, in
consultations with stakeholders, should conduct regular research on
the effectiveness of measures being undertaken to prevent and
redress violence against women.
The labor unions have been
campaigning for the Philippine government’s ratification of
UN Declaration on the Elimination of Violence against Women was
adopted by the United Nations General Assembly in 1993. It covers
physical, sexual and psychological violence as well as violence both
at home and elsewhere in society.
*Convention 190 – Violence and Harassment Convention, 2019 (No.190)
recognizes the right of everyone to a world of work free from
violence and harassment, including gender-based violence and
harassment and acknowledges that violence and harassment also
affects the quality of public and private services, and may prevent
persons, particularly women, from accessing, and remaining and
advancing in the labor market.