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Advocates bring anti-child labor campaign to the streets

Around 3,000 anti-child labor advocates, government officials and program partners flooded the street of Malaybalay City during the Walk for a Child Labor-Free Bukidnon on Labor Day, 01 May.

Carrying slogans that said “Ang Bata Angay sa Skwelahan dili sa Trabaho-an” (The Child should be in School and not in Child Labor), they walked starting from the Pine Hill Hotel, National Highway to the Kaamulan Open Theatre (KOT) of the Provincial Capitol where the program proper was held. Some participants even came from another town called Sumilao.

The Walk for a Child Labor–Free Bukidnon was a project of Bukidnon Tripartite Industrial Peace Council (BTIPC), supporting the International Labour Organization - International Programme on the Elimination of Child Labour and its implementing partners: Department of Labor and Employment and the Provincial Government of Bukidnon.

Another highlight was the signing of the Code of Conduct in the Sugar Industry, by members of the District Tripartite Council, a key milestone in sectoral initiatives for the child labor program.

Bukidnon is among the provinces in the Philippines with high incidence of child labor in the sugar industry. Through this convergent effort of different partners, the event was also able to raise funds to support additional educational needs of selected beneficiaries.

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For more pictures, see http://clkss.org.ph/resources/gallery/walk-for-a-child-labor-free-bukidnon.

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