Awards & Citations

VF?s work with child domestic workers has been cited by the International Labour Organization-International Programme on the Elimination of Child Labour and the United Nations Girls Education Initiative as an international best practice.

The anti-trafficking task forces in ports and airports convened by VF with Philippine government agencies and private shipping companies were recognized as a global best practice by the U.S. Department of State in its 2005 Trafficking in Persons report.

In 2009, the Ramon Aboitiz Foundation presented the Eduardo Aboitiz Award for Outstanding Institution to VF for our work in Visayas and Mindanao.

VF has been instrumental in the passage of laws on anti-trafficking in persons, child labor, and the protection of domestic workers:

VF?s legal research partnership with White & Case and Grasty Quintana Majlis & Cia, won The TrustLaw Impact Award given by the Thomson Reuters Foundation. The research on policies and legislation related to the protection of domestic workers was used by VF to negotiate for landmark legislation, the Magna Carta for Domestic Workers (or Batas Kasambahay), which was passed in February 2013. It has provided protection and welfare to around two million domestic workers in the Philippines.


VF led the campaign for the Philippines to ratify the International Labor Organization Convention 189 or the Convention on Decent Work for Domestic Workers.


VF served as the Secretariat of the Technical Working Group of the Philippine Campaign on Decent Work for Domestic Workers, a multi-sectoral initiative to build public support for the protection of Filipino domestic workers. As the Secretariat, VF was responsible for resource mobilization and management, coordination among members, and provision of technical support to the Campaign.

Over 30,000 trafficking survivors and at-risk individuals have graduated from IT and skills training and education support provided by VF and partners.

Previously, VF served as the Philippine and Southeast Asian Secretariat for Global March against Child Labor, Convenor for the Task Force on Child Domestic Workers in Asia, Convenor for the Multi-Sectoral Network against Trafficking in Persons (MSNAT), and Vice-Chair for the Philippine NGO Coalition on the United Nations Convention on the Rights of the Child. VF was a member of the ILO Convention 182 on the Worst Forms of Child Labour National Monitoring Team and the National Steering Committee of UNICEF?s Sixth Country Program for Children.