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PATAMABA

National Network of Informal Workers in the Philippines

OUR STORY

The National Network of Home-based Workers (Pambansang Tagapag-ugnay ng Manggagawa sa Bahay) was first launched in 1991. In 1992, PATAMABA succeeded in pressuring the Filipino government into affirming certain labour protections for home-based workers, including the registration of worker's organisations, the possibility of collective bargaining and the right to immediate payment.

During the 1990s, PATAMABA expanded from home-based work to other sectors of the informal economy. It was renamed to its current name in 2003, but kept the acronym.

98 percent of PATAMABA's members are women, while more than half of them are home-based workers. Other affiliated groups include vendors, small transport operators, construction workers and service workers. They are organised in 12 regions, 34 provinces and 276 local chapters throughout the Philippines. The union supports its members in developing their own enterprises, participating in local politics, pursuing training and accessing social services.


VISION

Conscious and active empowerment of workers (poor, women, and youth) in the informal economy in building a free, equal, and prosperous society.


MISSION

Advancement of the rights of workers (poor, women, and youth) in the informal economy

" When people align around and shared political, social, economic, or environmental values, and take collective action, thinking and behaviour like that compromises lives of millions of people around the world can truly change"

PRORGAM

PATAMABA’s programs aim to promote capacity building, organizing, and empowering its members that are commonly in the informal sectors. Through this, the leaders of the organization underwent training and seminars to be equipped in achieving goals and strengthening the organization.

PARTICIPATION IN GOVERNANCE AND INSTITUTION BUILDING

  • Organizing ​

  • Coalition Building 

  • Representation in local,  national, and international bodies 

  • Intitutionalising programs and projects for informal workers 

HUMAN DEVELOPMENT SERVICES

  • Skills training and skills upgrading (production-related) 

  • Capacity Building 

  • Gender-awareness, health, and reproductive rights 

  • Computer literacy and connectivity

  • Organic farming and food processing 

  • Workers' and working children rights under the law 

  • Participatory research and fieldwork data collection 

  • Facilitation linkages 

NETWORKING ADVOCACY AND  PARALEGAL WORK

  • For fair trade, Magna Carta of Workers in the Informal Economy, Anti-poverty Strategies, and other policies changes. 

  • Building partnerships with GO's, NGO's, LGU's, PO's, International Agencies,  Trade Unions, Cooperatives, and Academe.  

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