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The economic and social value of domestic work and of the need to improve domestic workers’ living and working conditions has been subject of different policy debates nationally and internationally.  A number of countries have put in place or are formulating legal and policy measures towards this end. Related to this, the Forum is in line with the worldwide preparations for the International Labor Conference toward formulating international standards for domestic work.


HIV/AIDS threatens fundamental rights at work and undermines efforts to provide women and men decent and productive work under the conditions of freedom, equity, security and dignity. One specific issue is discrimination in the workplace brought by the stigma associated with the disease. Using Decent Work as the framework of analysis the event surfaced policy gaps and weaknesses in responding to HIV-AIDS at the workplace.


Held during the peak of the global financial crisis and worldwide economic downturn in 2009, the 1st ILS Strategic Conversations focused on pressing employment issues and economic challenges that daunted the Philippines at the time from labor market concerns to migration challenges to labor policy reform discussions to social protection issues such as workers' welfare and unemployment insurance, among others.


The Philippines is one of the largest sending countries of migrant workers in the  world. The Philippine Overseas Employment Administration (POEA) is one of the agencies that is mandated to ensure the protection of OFWs, particularly in ensuring the receiving countries have policy in placed to protect the overseas workers particularly the deemed vulnerable, which include household service workers. This Forum focused on the POEA’s welfare program on household service worker.