Philippines elected as deputy member of ILO governing body

The Philippines has been elected as a deputy member to the governing body of the International Labor Organization (ILO) 16 years after being appointed in a titular position from 2005 to 2008, Department of Labor and Employment (DOLE) Secretary Bienvenido Laguesma said.

In a statement, Laguesma said the title marks a significant step for the country in advocating for labor standards and protecting workers' rights around the world.

Laguesma said the election reflects the Philippines' active involvement in shaping fair labor policies and conditions on a global scale.

The elected member states, including the Philippines, will hold their positions for a three-year term until June 2027.

The ILO Governing Body, responsible for key decisions within the organization, comprises 56 titular members and 66 deputy members, representing governments, employers, and workers.

The Philippines' promotion to deputy membership signals international recognition of its leadership and dedication to addressing crucial labor market issues, particularly in promoting decent work and improving the care economy.