At the international and national levels, periodical updating of existing national list of hazardous work for children has been identified as a policy priority to accelerate action against the worst forms of child labor. Information gaps in the agriculture sector with respect to the coverage of hazardous work list had been widely recognized worldwide. In the Philippines, efforts to amend the hazardous work list has been set in motion, first by increasing the knowledge-base on the nature of work and the specific hazards that child laborers are exposed to in crop agriculture as critical input in the process.
Domestic workers around the globe provide essential housekeeping services in private households whether in their own countries or abroad as migrant workers. They do the work that we do not want to do or cannot do. They take care of our homes for us. They clean our house when we are too tired to clean it. While we are at work, they are with our loved ones, taking good care of them, serving them.
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Although home workers play a significant role in the economy, their working conditions are far from satisfactory. Similar to what other workers in the informal economy face, home workers tend to be excluded from social protection systems and deprived of potential benefits because they are often covered only under voluntary programs by virtue of their status as self-employed . They do not have the protection, legal rights and benefits enjoyed by other regular workers and have no access to support or social services. They often work long hours, and are paid very low wages, have no security of tenure and have no say in the aspect of job order.