Safe workplace treaty put in place

The House of Representatives on Wednesday adopted a resolution seeking the immediate ratification of a treaty that recognizes the right of workers to a violent-free workplace.

Lawmakers adopted House Resolution no. 650 which seeks to ratify the International Labor Organization Convention no. 190 (Violence and Harassment Convention)  and protect workers from violence and harassment in the workplace.

If and when the Philippine government ratifies it, the country will be the first in Southeast Asia and eighth in the world to do so.

The resolution stated: “Given the Philippine Government’s commitment and that of the tripartite partners, the ratification of ILO Convention No. 190 is imperative, and the country’s advocacy for its ratification by all member-states is made more urgent by the fact that our overseas Filipino workers, land-based and sea-based, need protection from any form of violence and harassment in the host country.”

In June 2019, then-Labor Secretary Silvestre Bello III led the Philippine delegation in voting in the favor of the adoption of ILO Convention 190 during the 108th Session of the International Labor Conference.

“Considering that the Philippines has already adopted ILO Convention No. 190 in June 2019 and that there is an urgent need to provide the appropriate and necessary protection to Filipino workers, especially those working abroad, it is incumbent upon the Department of Labor and Employment and the Department of Foreign Affairs to urge President Ferdinand Romualdez Marcos Jr. to confirm ILO Convention No. 190, and the Philippine Senate to ratify it,” the resolution stated.


The Convention recognizes that violence and harassment affect the quality of a person’s work and his or her psychological, physical, sexual health, dignity, and social environment.

It defines “violence and harassment” as a “range of unacceptable behaviors and practices” that are “likely to result in physical, psychological, sexual or economic harm, and includes gender-based violence and harassment.”

The Convention covers all workers, both from private and public companies, whether in the formal or informal economy.



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