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One of the Department of Labor and Employment’s eight-point agenda is to ensure full respect of labor standards and the fundamental principles and rights at work, including a workplace free of violence and harassment.

Recognizing the importance of protecting the workers’ right for a violence and harassment-free workplace, the DOLE through the Bureau of Workers with Special Concerns (BWSC), International Labor Affairs Bureau (ILAB), and the Institute for Labor Studies (ILS) will conduct a national tripartite feedback e-forum towards the ratification of International Labour Organization Convention 190 (C190) or the Violence and Harassment Convention, 2019.

The e-forum, scheduled on 19 February 2021, aims to orient social partners on the key principles of ILO C190, and engage them to support the ratification of the said convention.

Representatives from trade unions, workers’ and employees’ organizations, migrant workers’ organizations, as well as workers in the informal sector and LGBTQIA++ organizations, civil society organizations, and government agencies are expected to attend the event.

DOLE Secretary Silvestre H. Bello III expresses full support for the ratification. “The Department believes that the ILO Convention 190 provides a critical opportunity for us to strengthen our existing legal and institutional mechanisms for addressing violence and harassment,” he said.

The salient features and principles of ILO Convention No.190 and Recommendation No. 206 will be presented by Mr. Jajoon Coue, International Labour Standards and Labour Law Specialist from the Decent Work Team of ILO Bangkok.

On the other hand, the significance and process of ratifying ILO Conventions, feedback and status report on ILO C190, and a Gap Analysis of the convention will be discussed by ILAB Director Alice Visperas, BWSC Director Atty. Ma. Karina Perida-Trayvilla, and ILS Executive Director Ahmma Charisma Lobrin-Satumba, respectively.

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