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Marcos asks Senate to ratify ILO policies on workplace violence, harassment

President Marcos has asked the Senate to ratify the International Labour Organization (ILO) Convention 190 to fortify the government’s mandate to protect Filipino workers locally and overseas.

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Marcos said this in his letter submitted for Senate concurrence ILO C190, or the Convention Concerning the Elimination of Violence and Harassment in the World of Work, which aims to address workplace violence and harassment.

The letter was submitted by Malacañang to the Senate last month and shared with the media on Wednesday afternoon, Nov. 8.

The ILO C190, adopted by the ILO Convention General Conference in Geneva, Switzerland, in June 2019, came into force on June 25, 2021.

In his letter to Senate President Juan Miguel Zubiri, President Marcos cited that ILO C190 applies to all sectors, whether public or private, in urban and rural areas, both in the formal and informal economy.

It likewise provides a common framework to address violence and harassment, including gender-based violence, in the world of work.

With this, the President said that after examining the Convention’s text, he found it advisable for the Senate to ratify the ILO C190.

“The ratification of the ILO C190 will fortify the Philippine government’s mandate and policy in promoting and protecting the rights of Filipino workers, locally and overseas, by pushing for a work environment with zero tolerance for violence and harassment,” Marcos wrote in his letter dated Oct. 13.

“In this regard, the country’s commitments relative to the ILO C190 contribute to the performance of key targets under the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals, particularly with respect to Goal 5 on Gender Equality and Goal 8 on Decent Work and Economic Growth,” he added.

The Department of Labor and Employment (DOLE), National Economic and Development Authority (NEDA), Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD), Commission on Human Rights (CHR), Civil Service Commission (CSC), Philippine Commission on Women (PCW), and the Presidential Human Rights Committee Secretariat have also concurred with the proposed ratification.

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