The Department of Labor and Employment Cavite Provincial Office (DOLE CPO) together with the Public Employment Service Office (PESO) of the local government units (LGUs) of Rosario and Bacoor, Cavite conducted an advocacy on child labor in Rosario, Cavite recently.
This activity was attended by barangay officials, representatives from the Municipal Social Welfare Division (MSWD), Philippine National Police (PNP), and the Municipal Business Permit and Licensing Offices.
Bacoor Mayor Strike Revilla supported the DOLE’s campaign against child labor. In his message, he emphasized the important role of barangay captains in identifying incidence of child labor and illegal recruitment of minors in their own communities. He underscored the need to equip the local officials on the salient features of Republic Act 9231 to effectively protect children from the worst forms of child labor and prevent illegal recruitment and human trafficking.
An overview on the situation of child labor in the Philippines and discussion on Republic Act No. 9231, otherwise known as the Anti-Child Labor Law was presented by . DOLE CPO staff Edwin T. Hernandez.
DOLE CPO Director Milagros R. Mata also discussed on DOLEs’ initiative on employment and other programs and projects that can be availed of to alleviate incidence of child labor in local communities.
In Rosario one of the worst forms of child labor is pedicab driving by minors. Barangay Bagbag and Silangan I considered it as worst form of child labor due to the vulnerability of minors to road mishaps and accidents.
As a result, the MSWD shall do a masterlisting of children and the Barangay Council for the Protection of Children (BCPC) shall be reactivated to strengthen programs for children within their communities.
Mata pointed out the important role of barangay officials in the effective implementation of pro-active programs and enforcement of barangay ordinances and executive orders on child protection and child labor-free Cavite. (Myrose B. Basila, LCO DOLE CPO)