National Network of Informal Workers in the Philippines
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.
Conscious and active empowerment of workers (poor, women, and youth) in the informal economy in building a free, equal, and prosperous society.
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"
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
Representation in local, national, and international bodies
Intitutionalising programs and projects for informal workers
HUMAN DEVELOPMENT SERVICES
Skills training and skills upgrading (production-related)
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
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.