The ILO Country Office for the Philippines, through its Towards a Child-Labour Free Philippines programme, was invited as main presenter in the child labour panel session.
ILO-International Programme on the Elimination of Child Labour (IPEC) is currently implementing a project against child labour, supported by the United States Department of Labor and covers four priority provinces, namely: Quezon, Masbate, Northern Samar and Bukidnon. Child labour in small-scale mining is present in three of these provinces based on the project’s initial scoping activities.
ILO-IPEC considered the forum as an opportunity to promote the agenda of eliminating child labour particularly in small-scale mining. It also served as venue to build partnerships and explore possible collaboration with forum participants.