Who We Are?

Our Mission

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


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

Our Core Values

  • Participation
  • Awareness
  • Networking and Partnership
  • Focus
  • Consciousness and Capacity Development

About us


Like many other workers  in the informal economy, home-based workers in the Philippines doing both piece-rated and own account work in rural and urban areas suffer from invisibility, poor working and living conditions, lack of resources and social protection.

With the objective of creating, strengthening, consolidating and expanding the national network of home-based workers and providing support services for their personal, social and economic well-being, PATAMABA was founded in 1989 as a grassroots organization run and managed by women home-based workers.  In the past few years, PATAMABA has also opened its membership to other subsectors of informal economy, including men and  the youth.  Its urban chapters as well as those in the rural areas nationwide are engaged in social enterprises,  networking with local government units (LGUs), community housing, training cum production, social protection, and food and health services.

  • Has a membership of 19,598 own account and subcontracted homeworkers including youth
  • 98% are women between 18-75 years old
  • Located in 300 chapters, in 34 provinces, in 10 regions of the country
  • 4,156 are subcontracted home workers
  • 15,163 are self-employed or own account workers/SSEs
  • 1,670 are both subcontracted and own account workers/SSEs

PATAMABA has a membership of more than 18,000 self-employed and   subcontracted workers covering 10 regions, 34 provinces and over 200 chapters   nationwide. Of these numbers, 2567 are in subcontracted work, 12,069 are self-employed and 1,524 are combinations of both. The subcontracted workers are in the production of   garments, handicraft, papier mache,  bags, Christmas balls, fashion accessories, bamboo and  embroidery products. The self- employed members  are into  livestock, agri-based products, garments, bags, slippers, fashion accessories, novelty items, food, woodcraft, and weaving.

PATAMABA helps home-based and informal economy workers form self-sustaining groups at the grassroots level. At the policy level, it acts to raise awareness on home-based and informal work and to bring about the necessary policy changes for the benefit of the sector. PATAMABA’s key initiatives include education and training, socio-economic assistance, networking and advocacy, social protection and the empowerment of women.



  • Our Members

Home based workers

  • Self-employed/Own Account
  • Industrial Subcontracted


  • Market
  • Street/Ambulant

Small TransportOperators

  • Land Based (Tricycle/Pedicab)
  • Sea Based (Bancas)

Non-corporate Construction Workers

  • Carpenters
  • Masons
  • Plumbers, etc.

Service Workers

  • Beauticians
  • Barbers
  • Laundry persons, etc.


  • Youth advocates
  • Working youth


PATAMABA’s membership of more than 18,000 self-employed and   subcontracted workers are organized  into chapters numbering over 200 nationwide and accredited with their respective local, municipal/city and provincial governments.

PATAMABA Head Office:

# 38 Maginhawa St., U.P. Village

Diliman, Quezon City 1101 PHILIPPINES

Branch Office:

Unit 2-D Palmario Apts., # 101-A

Balingasa Rd., Brgy. Balingasa

Balintawak, Quezon City 1115 PHILIPPINES



As a people’s organization (meaning it is membership-based)  our leaders are elected at every level – from the barangay or village, to the municipal, provincial, regional, and national. In terms of organizational management and administration, PATAMABA has nine National Executive Committee members.  We have a National Council elected every three years during a national congress, and an Executive Committee based in Metro Manila which manages our day-to-day operations. Through our Coordinator for organizing, PATAMABA monitors  local chapters throughout the country.  The PATAMABA youth sector has been actively recruiting from among their ranks and has reported a membership of  over 3,000 to date. Training of youth and local leaders is ongoing to facilitate later accession to national leadership positions.