City of San Fernando (P) – The Department of Labor and Employment (DOLE) Regional Office 3 recently spearheaded the World Day Against Child Labor (WDACL) in Central Luzon with this year’s theme: “Mapanganib na Paggawa, Bawal sa Bata.”
DOLE Regional Director Leopoldo B. De Jesus called for a united and collaborative partnership with all concerned government agencies, local government units, civic societies, parents, and stakeholders to put a stop to child labor once and for all.
De Jesus urged all children in attendance to the said event to follow their dreams by finishing their studies and enjoy their youthful years.
The biggest event of the WDACL was held at the Event Center of SM City Baliwag in collaboration with the Provincial Government of Bulacan through the Public Employment Service Office (PESO) and the Philippine Committee on Child Labor (PCCL), the Department of Education (DepEd), the Provincial Social and Welfare Development Office (PSWDO), SM City Baliwag, and San Miguel Brewery Inc., Bulacan State University (BSU), Lloyds Laboratories and the Technical Education and Skills Development Authority (TESDA).
Educational packages and medicines were handed out to 300 children. Free medical check-ups and haircut services were also provided during the event.
In Bataan, a series of advocacies on the DOLE child labor program, orientations on RA 9262, RA 9208 and RA 9231 (Anti-Child Labor) and values formation for youth leaders and local leaders were conducted by the DOLE Provincial Office of Bataan in coordination with the Sulong Kabataan and the Association of Barangay Councils of the Municipality of Samal.
In Pampanga, the DOLE-Pampanga Field Office, in coordination with the Provincial Government of Pampanga under the leadership and support of Hon. Governor Lilia Pineda, through coordination with the Public Employment Service Office (PESO) of Mexico recently conducted an orientation on Anti-Illegal Recruitment, Anti-Child Labor (RA 9231) and the forging of the Barangay Council for the Protection of Children (BCPC) among Barangay Captains of the Municipality of Mexico.
Meanwhile,, the DOLE Nueva Ecija Field Office provided an orientation on the rights of working children to rescued child laborers from Palayan City, Nueva Ecija.
In Zambales, on the other hand, the DOLE Zambales Field Office held an orientation on child labor prevention and elimination for (31) Kagawads from different barangays as representatives of the Punong Barangay; City Social Welfare and Development Officers (CSWDO); Violence Against Women and Their Children (VAWC) Officers of different barangays and two (2) representatives of the NGO’s like the BUKLOD and YOKUBARI FOUNDATION.
The DOLE Field Offices in Aurora and Tarlac will be holding similar advocacies for the working youth this month of June.
According to the International Labour Ogranization (ILO), some 115 million children all over the world are involved in hazardous work. This is work that by its nature or circumstances in which it is carried out, is likely to harm children’s health, safety or morals. Children working in many different industries and occupations can be exposed to such risks and the problem is global, affecting industrialized as well as developing countries.
(Jerry Borja, with contribution news bits from BulacaNews Newsletter courtesy of Akbar Tumale of DOLE Bulacan Field Office; News Jacqeline Tigas of DOLE Bataan field Office and Efren Reyes from DOLE Zambales field Office)