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Rizal 4th District Rep. Fidel Nograles said he is optimistic that government offices, private businesses, and other places of work in the country would readily and widely adopt International Labour Organization (ILO) Convention No. 190 – the first international treaty on violence and harassment in the world of work – once it is ratified by the Philippine government.
“Every worker, regardless of their employment status and sexual orientation and gender identity, has the right to be protected from violence and harassment in the workplace, including gender-based discrimination,” Nograles, chair of the House Committee on Labor and Employment, stressed.
ILO C190 makes it clear that the world of work goes beyond the physical workplace and includes, for example, work-related communications, sanitary facilities, and the commute to and from work.
“Every workplace should foster mutual respect and dignity of the human being. A workplace that does this will achieve maximum efficiency because happy and satisfied workers are productive workers so we are very hopeful about the widespread adoption of this treaty,” he added.
Nograles recently shepherded his committee’s adoption of resolutions calling for the immediate ratification by the Philippine government of ILO C190, which recognizes the right of everyone to a world of work free from violence and harassment and provides a common framework for action. ##