Lessons Learned

“Natutunan ko ang aking karapatan bilang manggagawa.  Sa kasalukuyan, ako ay tinutulungan ng Samahang Manggagawa at ng Defend Job Philippines upang magkaroon ng katarungan ang hindi makatarungang pagtanggal sa akin sa trabaho. sa kapwa ko manggagawa, makiisa at tumulong sa mga iba pang manggagawa na hindi pa alam ang kanilang mga karapatan.” Ariel Laroza

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Lessons Learned

“Natutunan ang mga bagay na karapatan bilang isang manggagawa. Una, papano mo ipaglalaban ang iyong karapatan sa paggawa kung ikaw ay tinanggal sa trabaho ng walang memorandum kung bakit ka tinanggal sa trabaho, pagtrato, benepisyo gaya ng SSS, Philhealth, Pag-ibig fund, Oovertime at marami pang iba.  Ang mga natutunan ko sa seminar  ay maibabahagi ko sa iba.  Hihimukin sila na makadalo sa mga activity o pag-aaral.” Rizalino Amoyo (Nanalo sa kanyang labor case)



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Lessons Learned

“Nagkaroon ako ng kamulatan bilang isang manggagawa na malaman ang karapatan at batayan tungkol sa lakas-paggawa. Mapalad ako na mabigyang-linaw sa ganitong proyekto na handang maglingkod sa bayan.

Sa tulong ng proyektong ito na sinuportahan ng Canada Fund For Local Inititatives, maraming manggagawa ang matutulungan dahil sa intensyong mapabuti ang kalagayan sa loob ng pagawaan.

Marami akong natutunan na mga batas ukol sa mga manggagawa. Natuto akong manindigan sa aming laban na kinakaharap ng bawat isa.  Tinulungan na maging edukado sa ganitong larangan at pagtibayin kami ng mga kasama ko sa loob ng pagawaan na maging matagumpay na mamamayan.

Sa pamamagitan nito, maaari ko itong gamitin upang maibahagi sa mga manggagawa na katulad ko na isang manggagawa ay matulungan at mapagkaisa na mamulat sa ganitong sitwasyon na kinakaharap ng Pilipinas.


Nais ko na mapalaganap pa at maturuan ang mga manggagawa hinggil sa batayang karapatang pang-manggagawa.”-Jilbert Bautista (Labor Education Volunteer)



Lessons Learned

“Naging tulay na madagdagan ang kaalaman tungkol sa aming karapatan bilang isang manggagawa. Malaki ang tulong nito sa akin at sa aking asawa.   Nalaman ang lahat ng kapatan lalung-lalo na sa nga benepisyo ng manggagawa.  Sana ay patuloy na suportahan ang proyektong ito at pagkakaisa ng samahang ito.”- Leah L. De Asis


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This year, Defend Job Philippines is one of the 8 organizations that receives a grant from the Canada Fund for Local Initiatives- a grant program of the Embassy of Canada in the Philippines.

The project aims to improve working conditions of sweatshop workers in Valenzuela City, Philippines through community-based/ -led education, organizing and lobbying. It will build and enhance capacities of at least 50 organized workers to strengthen and broaden worker’s unity for mutual aid and protection of workers’ rights through paralegal training, and leadership and organizing training. It will also raise awareness of 500 sweatshop workers (at least 30% are women) in 12 barangays through community-based labor rights lectures and through distribution of “Know Your Rights” booklets with infographics. Moreover, the project will support lobbying and dialogues with the Department of Labor and Employment, the Valenzuela Local Government and the Office of the President of the Philippines for strict compliance of labor standards.


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March 24, 2017

New York, USA. Defend Job Philippines joins various women and workers organizations, non government organizations and advocates in advancing the rights of women workers at the sixty-first session of the United Nation Women, Commission on the Status of Women UN CSW61. The UN CSW this year has a priority theme: “Women’s economic empowerment in the changing world of work.”

During the CSW, Defend Job Philippines participated in the panel organized by the International Network for Economic, Social and Cultural Rights to present the working and living condition of women workers in the Philippines.

I am a machine operator in a plastic ware factory in the Philippines. Everyday I report to work from 7:00 in the morning to 7:00 in the evening, standing all day and with only 1 hour break. I work 12 hours everyday, 72 hours a week without any rest day. My official salary is only $5.6 a day which is very far from the already very low minimum wage of about $10 per day. My salary is also even lower compared to men machine operators doing the same work as me. I do not receive a 13th month pay, overtime pay or maternity leave. I am not covered by any government mandated benefits such as social insurance, health and housing. My holiday pay is only $1.2 per day while night differential is less than a half dollar.” presented Arlyn Duhaylungsod, a women worker from the Philippines

Duhaylungsod also shared her agony being a contractual worker. Thus calling for the abolition of the Herrera Law. “My work is necessary position in the factory. I am a contractual worker hired and controlled by a manpower agency which has no role other than collecting our salary from our principal employer, deducting fees such as agency fees, cash bond, ID, uniform and insurance fee. I can be dismissed whenever they want. In a week, I only take home as net income the amount of $14 or $2 per day.” Duhaylungsod stressed

She also raised in the panel that aside from working in the production, herself as well as her fellow women workers also do household work in their employer’s house, doing laundry, cleaning and cooking then later go back to factory work again.

Meanwhile on another side event organized by the International Network for Economic, Social and Cultural Rights and the Mission of Finland at the United Nations, Melona Daclan, Executive Director of Defend Job Philippines paid tribute to all women and workers who fought for workers rights and commemorate the huge fire of the Triangle Shirtwaist , March 25 in New York which brought the death of 146 workers: 123 were women and 23 were men. Daclan said that “the tragedy always remind us on how our fellow women and workers have fought for a healthy and safety workplace but also shorter working hours, decent wage and the right to form unions not only in the US but in different parts of the world.”

More than 100 years have passed, and the same slave like conditions endured by workers at that time are still endured by women workers in the Philippines. Rather than moving forward, we see a retrogression of workers and women’s rights. One example that received attention is that on May 13, 2015, 74 workers were fatally trapped inside the Kentex Manufacturing Slipper Factory in Valenzuela City, Northern part of Metro Manila. It was like another Shirtwaist tragedy as workers were padlocked and like prisoners inside the factory, windows were made of chicken wires and there were no fire exits. Many of the factories in Manila have the same situation like Kentex Manufacturing.” Daclan presented

Daclan stressed that labor flexibilization policy is one of the major barrier for women workers to realize economic, social and cultural rights. Number one on our list is the implementation of labor flexibilization under the auspices of neoliberal economic policies which literally flex the human body of every worker. Under labor flexibilization, all hard-won rights of workers are taken away such as the 8-hour work day, job security and a decent wage. For example, the implementation of the Wage Rationalization Act of 1989 has abolished the national minimum wage system and put wages at starvation level. She also added that the passage and implementation of the Herrera Law which legalized contractualization violates the rights of workers including the right to security of tenure, wage increase, benefits, health and safety and most of all freedom of association and the right to collectively bargain.

How many workers, women and children shall fall victims of sweatshops and will die because of the government’s neglect to implement labor standards and to truly safeguard the rights of workers and women.” Daclan challenged

Finally, Defend Job Philippines ask the Commission on the Status of Women, UN Committee expert members, states and all organizations to call the attention of the Philippine Government and its agencies to make concrete steps to strictly implement labor laws and standards such as an 8-hour work day, statutory minimum wage and paid leave in all workplaces. The organization also calls for the reinstatement of the national minimum wage system amounting the P750 or $15/day and for the abolition of the Herrera Law.###