City of San Fernando (P) – The Department of Labor and Employment (DOLE) Regional Office 3 is spearheading the World Day Against Child Labor here in Central Luzon with this year’s theme:
“Mapanganib na Paggawa, Bawal sa Bata.”
DOLE Regional Director Leopoldo B. De Jesus calls for a united and collaborative partnership with all concerned government agencies, local government units, barangays, the civic societies, parents, and stakeholders to put a stop to child labor once and for all.
In Bulacan, where the biggest event will be held, DOLE RO3 through its Bulacan Field Office, collaborated with the Provincial Government of Bulacan through the Public Employment Service Office (PESO), 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. will be holding today the said celebration at the Event Center of SM City Baliwag.
A mass will be held and officiated by. Rev. Jess Cruz. Messages of inspiration from Director De Jesus and Bulacan Governor, Hon. Wilhemino Sy-Alvarado will likewise be given.
Meanwhile, DOLE-Bulacan Field Office, headed by Ms. Lani M. Reynoso, along with the PESO, will be in full force to facilitate the distribution of educational packages to some 300 children who were either former child laborers or who are at risk to child labor to give them motivation to focus on their studies.
In Bataan, the DOLE Bataan Field Office headed by Nely Punzalan, have partnered with the Sulong KaBataan and the ABC of the Municipality of Samal in holding a series of advocacies on the Child Labor Program of the DOLE, Orientations on RA 9262, RA 9208, and RA 9231, as well as values formation for youth leaders and members of the Sulong Kabataan; Barangay Captains and Kagawads who are in charge of the Committee on Women and Children; SK Chairmen; Chief of Barangay Tanods; Principals; Child Representatives and members of the LCPC of the said municipality which will take place from June 10-13 at the AFAB and LGU of Samal.
Other DOLE Provincial Field Offices of Aurora, Nueva Ecija, Pampanga, Tarlac, and Zambales are also going to be holding similar advocacies for the 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 the 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, DOLE LCO)