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7 Village Chiefs vow to fight child labor in Isabela town

SAN MARIANO, Isabela---Seven Barangay Captains of this remote town in the province of Isabela signed a pledge of commitment to eliminate worst form of child labor yesterday according to Elpidio B. Atal, Jr., OIC – Asst. Regional Director of the Department of Labor and Employment – Regional Office No. 2 (DOLE 2).


“The Barangay Captains vowed to protect child laborers from all forms of abuse, neglect, cruelty, exploitation, and discrimination,” ARD Atal said.

“Specifically, the Barangay Captains pledged to have a functional barangay council for the protection of children and to include child labor concerns in their barangay development plan,” Atal added.

The Barangay Captains of Alibadabad, Binatug, Bitabian, Cataguing, Daragutan East, Del Pilar, and Minanga signed the said pledge of commitment in the presence ARD Atal and San Mariano Mayor Dean Anthony G. Domalanta.

Meanwhile, DOLE 2 awarded P690,000 worth of livelihood assistance to 46 parents of child laborers. The said amount will be used to finance 46 sets of Negosyo sa Karitonworth P15,000 each, P10,000 for the Kariton and P5,000 as starting capital. The assistance is the second batch of financial support aimed to arrest the root cause of child labor which is poverty and of lack decent and productive work.

In March of this year, DOLE 2 profiled 73 child laborers in San Mariano under the project profiling of vulnerable workers.  The profiling aims to verify and give face to the statistics that was generated from surveys of various agencies.  The data gathered is now the guide of DOLE 2 in coming up with necessary policies and relevant programs, projects, or services that will benefit the vulnerable workers to include the child laborers.

In 2011, a Survey on Children by the National Statistics Office revealed that out of the 29 million Filipino children, there were about 5.5 million working children, of which almost 3 million were in hazardous child labor.  (With report from Rocialyn B. Jallorina/RBE)



DOLE Regional Office No. 2


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