The past years have seen the broadening of alliances and partnerships for the elimination of child labour in the country, characterized by multi-agency and multi-sectoral involvement of various government departments, employers’ groups, workers’ organisations and non-governmental organisations advocating children’s rights and welfare.
The concerted efforts of the child labor stakeholders have produced valuable information related to child labour including sector specific reports on the worst forms. While building the child labour knowledge base is no longer an issue with the various sources of data currently available, there is a need to create a knowledge management system that will integrate all independent systems and facilitate knowledge exchange between agencies with different jurisdictions (labour, education, social welfare, police, judicial courts and health). There is also a need to transfer information efficiently from the bottom up or from the top down within the same government agency (for example, from barangay to municipal to provincial to regional and to national. Largely due to the absence of this integrated system, there were no means of tracking the progress of national and local efforts to eliminate child labour.
The IPEC programme, through its strategy on knowledge management, will build the capacities of DOLE, NCLC and other relevant government agencies and social partners and help develop a system that would facilitate the utilization of data especially in support of national and local child labour policy development and programme design, implementation and evaluation.
What has been done so far
A mapping and assessment of the existing systems relevant to child labor was conducted to analyze and evaluate possible linkages of the available systems to the pipeline project called Child Labor Knowledge Sharing System (CLKSS). The findings show that the data on existing systems could be fed to CLKSS through manual upload process due to the security features and update irregularity of the former. The study also recommended several enhancements to the existing infrastructure and information systems management capacity DOLE-BWSC, which will administer CLKSS. The system requirements were also identified in coordination with the stakeholders.
More importantly, the Visioning Workshop for the Communities of Practice (CoP) against Child Labour was conducted last December 1-3, 2010 and was participated by the National Child Labor Committee members and other non-government organizations who automatically became the pioneer members of the said CoP. The members agreed that the CoP niche is “Real-Time Monitoring and Evaluation of Child Labour Issues in the Philippines.”
The important features of the CLKSS portal include:
- PPACL Plan of Action monitoring;
- Report generation;
- Information on different child labor programs that may include services, beneficiaries, resources, and updates;
- Real-time monitoring of child labor cases;
- Integration with referral system of child labor cases;
- Repository of child labor materials including good practices and case studies; and
- Discussion board.