Emergencies should be no barrier to decent work

Carlos Carrion Crespo, ILO Public service sector specialist

In November 2013, I had the opportunity to visit Manila on ILO work. Little did I know that my trip would overlap with the arrival of super typhoon Yolanda, called Haiyan outside the Philippines. The typhoon packed sustained winds of up to 380 km per hour, killing 6,300 and leaving 22,000 people missing while devastating the landscape.

I stayed in Manila afterwards to help with the ILO’s activities to support the Philippine government and witnessed the immediate collapse of local government services, including the essential water transport needed to deliver relief goods to those affected on the island of Leyte. I could see that public emergency services were in dire need of support and was happy to represent the ILO in the UN-Philippine clusters on health and water.

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