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A resolution advocating the adoption of ILO Convention 190 is adopted by the House.

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On Wednesday, the House of Representatives passed a resolution urging the urgent ratification of International Labor Organization (ILO) Convention No. 190, which affirms everyone’s right to a workplace free from violence, including harassment and violence motivated by gender.

House Resolution No. 650 said existing laws on protection, prevention, and legislation that sanction violence and harassment in and outside the workplace demonstrate that the Philippines, as a matter of policy, does not condone any type of workplace violence and harassment.

This was demonstrably demonstrated when the Philippine delegation, led by Silvestre Bello Ill, then-secretary of the Department of Labor and Employment, voted in favor of the adoption of ILO Convention 190, also known as the Violence and Harassment Convention, at the 108th Session of the International Labor Conference in June 2019.

“Given the Philippine Government’s commitment and that of the tripartite partners, the ratification of ILO Convention No. 190 is imperative,” the resolution stated. “Our overseas Filipino workers, land-based and sea-based, need protection from any form of violence and harassment in the host country.”

In accordance with ILO Convention 190, workplace violence and harassment are “a range of unacceptable behavior and practices, or threat thereof, whether by a single or repeated occurrence, that aim at, result in, or are likely to result in physical, psychological, sexual, or economic harm, as well as gender-based violence and harassment.”

It is the responsibility of 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, according to HR 650. “Considering that the Philippines 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 said.

The resolution stated, “It is hereby resolved that the House of Representatives ask for the immediate ratification of ILO Convention No. 190 by the Philippine Government.”

House Resolutions 32, 85, and 271 were consolidated into HR 650 by Rep. Raymond Democrito Mendoza of the TUCP Partylist, Rep. Ma. Rachel Arenas of the Pangasinan 3rd District, and Reps. Arlene Brosas of the Gabriel Partylist, France Castro of the ACT-Teachers Partylist, and Raoul Danniel Manuel of the Kabataan Partylist.

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