Occasional Papers

  • informal sectorUNDER THE RADAR: GETTING TO KNOW THE WORKERS IN THE INFORMAL ECONOMY

    The informal economy has been a significant emerging part of the labor force. Undeniably, the informal economy contributes to the national economy and provides employment opportunities across sectors. This occasional paper will present an overview on the current situation of the workers in the informal economy in the Philippines. Click Here to Download Full Occasional Paper Title: UNDER THE RADAR: GETTING TO KNOW THE WORKERS IN THE INFORMAL…

  • occasional_paper_ellahUnsweetened realities: On workers in the Philippine sugarcane industry

    Sugarcane remains one of the largest agricultural subsectors in the Philippines. Presently cultivated in over 420,000 hectares representing about 3.4 percent of the country’s arable lands across 19 provinces (DBP, 2015), its gross value-added recently grew by 14.6 percent in the fourth quarter of 2017 compared with the same period a year ago (PSA, 2018). In absolute terms, one estimate puts the sugarcane industry’s contribution to the…

  • occasional paper2018Holding Up Half the Sky? Exploring the Links Between Reproductive Health Access and Women’s Labor Market Participation

    The Philippines was one of the first countries in Asia to ratify several international agreements, including the Convention on the Elimination of All Forms of Discrimination Against Women (CEDAW) and other international standards associated with the fundamental principles and rights at work such as the Equal Remuneration Convention (C100) and the Discrimination Convention (C111), among others. It has also passed gender-sensitive legislation,…

  • occasional paperDigital Jobs in the Barrio: Leveraging IT-BPO for Inclusive Development through Impact Sourcing

    Technology proves to be a vital tool for development across the world. Recent technological advancements and innovations have actually offered a strong potential to accelerate economic growth and advance social progress, especially in developing regions and countries. More remarkably, technology has given rise to digital economies where means of production and standards of living are increasingly being transformed, owing to the expansive role…

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