Ecumenical Institute for Labor Education and Research
Institusyong Ekumenikal para sa Edukasyon at Pananaliksik sa Paggawa
Unit D4 Casal Building, #15 Anonas Street, Barangay Quirino 3-A, Project 3, Quezon City, Philippines 1102
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EILER is a non-stock, non-profit, non-governmental organization duly registered with the Securities and Exchange Commission.

The Ecumenical Institute for Labor Education and Research (EILER) is a civil society
organization that has advocated for labor rights and welfare for over forty years.
It is not affiliated with any terrorist group. It is not a communist front.
EILER began as a church labor center in the 1970s, founded by churchpeople and labor
rights defenders, then became an ecumenical service institution for workers in the 1980s.
Since then, it has continued to develop its flagship course, Genuine Trade Unionism (GTU),
as the core component of its efforts to support the mass education of workers on labor
rights in the Philippines. Today, it is a non-profit, non-governmental organization that
devotes itself to labor education, research, capacity-building, campaigning, and advocacy
However, a letter from the National Intelligence Coordinating Agency (NICA) to the Bureau
of Immigration labeled EILER as a CTG (communist terrorist group)-affiliated organization. It
likewise tagged EILER staffers for “participating” in so-called CTG activities.
We strongly condemn this blatant attack on our institution, and we strongly denounce the
continuing efforts of the Duterte Administration to undermine and smear pro-labor groups
and advocates. EILER has persisted in its work, which has been crucial in strengthening the
solidarity of churchpeople, cultural workers, youth and trade unionists in the country.
EILER’s efforts have led to a greater unity in campaigns against contractualization and other
labor rights violations, as well as victories in the struggle to defend and uphold the rights of
workers to freedom of association and peaceful assembly.
EILER has also been vocal regarding sociopolitical issues that strongly affect the lives and
welfare of Filipino workers, from the Martial Law in the 1970s to the war on drugs today.
Contrary to the accusations of NICA, EILER does not and has never supported terrorist
groups. It has never engaged in acts of terrorism. It does not recruit people and train them
to become terrorists. It does not publish propaganda or materials linked to terrorist
Instead, we work to educate those in the labor sector, and to support and launch campaigns
that advocate for workers’ rights. The bulk of our time is devoted to research work, to the
expansion of EILER’s network of unions, and to building the capacities of labor organizations
through trainings geared for labor leaders and education officers. We have consistently published our research and educational modules, and we have also produced several
documentaries on the plight of the Filipino workers.
Since the establishment of EILER during the dark days of the Marcos dictatorship, we have
recognized the historic and indispensable role of trade unions, labor organizations,
churchpeople, researchers, and CSOs in the struggle to promote social justice and labor
rights and welfare. It is deeply ingrained in our institutional character to be active, even in
times of crisis, and resolute, even in the face of state repression.
We call on the government to stop red-tagging EILER and labor rights defenders, and to
instead focus on relief and recovery amid the pandemic. We urge our partners, civil society
organizations and trade unions to stand in solidarity with EILER in condemning these attacks
and in defending our democratic rights.
Forty years of service to the Filipino workers speaks for the integrity of EILER. We will not be
No to Red-tagging!
Research and education work is not a crime!
Hands off civil society organizations!