Informal Sector


In response to the strengthening of global advocacy towards full protection and recognition of the rights of workers in the informal sector, the city government created the City Informal Sector Office through Executive Order 02 Series 2002 to carry out the following objectives:

  • To spearhead organization of IS workers’ associations
  • To facilitate regulation of IS activities
  • To develop and maintain a comprehensive IS database
  • To coordinate forums, dialogues between IS groups and LGU officials
  • To promote importance of social protection for workers
  • To ensure access to skills development and enhancement training programs
  • To facilitate access to market and employment
  • To facilitate development and improvement of IS support infrastructures and facilities e.g. tricycle terminals, market stalls
  • To provide access to social protection, investments and credit
  • Zoning Ordinance w/c serves as basis for the issuance of Locational Clearance.

Expected Impacts/Benefits:

  • Augmented coverage of BPLO targets for a more efficient registration of business and industrial establishments
  • Estimation of IS contributions to the economy
  • Increased participation to formal social security schemes
  • Accreditation of IS organizations with the IS Office
  • Increased productivity/ entrepre-neurial spirit
  • Availability of alternative credit options, discouraging IS workers from accessing/resorting to traditional/ illegal loan schemes
  • Availability of alternative social security schemes.