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Violence and harassment is a manifestation of injustice against humanity. In the world of work, it essentially compromises not only the individual’s health and dignity but also affects the organizations’ productivity and the country’s socio-economic development. Using qualitative data collection approaches such as online focus group discussions and review of literature, this paper examines the extent to which the existing Philippine policies and mechanisms complement the requirements of the Violence and Harassment Convention(ILO C190)–the very first international labor standards to provide a common framework to address violence and harassment in the world of work. This study notes that the Philippines has a substantial number of laws and regulations to address violence and harassment. However, the following are the areas that need to be worked on: 1) lack of conceptual and operational definition of violence and harassment in the world of work which possibly contributes to inadequate understanding of its various forms and severity, and therefore, the prevention of such acts and behaviors; 2) limited scope and coverage of existing laws, regulations and practice to encompass all persons and situations associated with the world of work; 3) challenging enforcement of legal or regulatory framework, especially for the workers in the informal economy and migrant workers; and 4) narrow approach to violence and harassment instead of treating it as an intersectional inequality issue.

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Title: Affirming the Right to Freedom from Violence and Harassment in the World Of Work: A Gap Analysis of the ILO Convention 190

: Arianne Ishreen C. Bucar,
Cesar A. Mansal,
Frances Camille G. Dumalaog,
Joyce Anne S. Lumactud,
Malorie Joy O. Mones