Dumaguete City, Negros Oriental- Under its Incentivizing Compliance Program (ICP), the Department of Labor and Employment-Negros Island Region recently declared three establishments in the city as Child Labor-Free.
Baguio city - The Department of Labor and Employment – Cordillera Administrative Region (DOLE-CAR) and the Regional Coordinating Council (RCC) in partnership with the Rotary Club of Baguio Summer Capital (RCBSC) recently launched the “LAPIS, PAPEL at IBPA CAMPAIGN” PROJECT to gather and grant the wishes of child laborers, children at risk to Child Labor and working children for educational supplies through building up of a network of patrons and supporters as a continuing campaign project to end the Worst Forms of Child Labor in the Cordilleras.
Will there be another lucky 10 child laborers to receive scholarship grants? It was during the Project Angel Tree Donors’ Forum last year when EMS Components Assembly, Inc. partnered with DOLE IV-A Laguna Provincial Office in providing scholarship grants to ten child laborers from Bay, Laguna receiving quarterly allowance and annual school supplies. With 16 generous companies attending the activity on May 16, 2016, there’s a good chance that beneficiaries from Brgy. Concepcion, Pila, Laguna will be blessed with educational assistance.
Life of little ones are destroyed when child labor is employed.
On June 15, 2016, fifty child laborers were provided a complete package of school supplies to include pencils, notebooks, pens, crayons and other supplies during the Project Angel Tree in SM City Gensan in celebration of the World Day against Child Labour. This year’s theme: End Child Labor in Supply Chains!
“END child labor in the supply chains – It’s everyone’s business!” - This was the theme of the recently concluded celebration of the World Day Against Child Labor (WDACL) activity of the Department of Labor and Employment (DOLE) XI in the region.
The activity, graced by different executives and members of both public and private sectors all over Davao Region, was held last Friday, June 10, at the Ritz Hotel at Garden Oases two days ahead of the actual celebration of WDACL which is on June 12.
No child below 15 years of age works, no child below 18 years of age is engaged in the worst forms of child labor, all children of school age are attending formal school or alternative learning sessions, parents have economic activity to support the needs of their children, presence of functional Barangay Council for the Protection of Children, local ordinances/resolutions to address child labor concerns are implemented, and child labor concerns are included in the local development plan. These are the indicators of a Child Labor - Free Barangay (CLFB) attained by the three (3) barangays in Bulalacao, Oriental Mindoro, namely: Campaasan, Cambunang and island barangay of Maasin.
Baguio City - Claymore (not his real name) 14 years old, lives in a makeshift hut of plywood and galvanize sheet along the mountainside near a private mining tunnel in Itogon, Benguet. For as long as he can remember, his day began earlier than most as he, his cousin, and their Uncle worked to eke out a meager living at the gold mines. From early morning until sundown, Claymore is inside the tunnel with a sledgehammer, a shovel and a pickaxe with only a plastic helmet, a pair of boots and gloves for protection. Claymore learned the practice from his father, and now his 12 year-old brother is learning from him. When his father fell ill last year, he has to quit school and work full time to support the family and pay his father’s medical bills. Claymore is just one of almost 18,000 children who work in the small-scale mining and quarrying sector in the country. Children working in small scale mines fits the definition of a “worst form of child labor”.
Tantangan, South Cotabato – In Region 12, Parents of child laborers in this sleepy town now see a brighter future for their children after receiving their DOLE Kabuhayan Starter Kits.
Twenty (20) child laborers and seventy (70) identified severely wasted children coming from Pag-asa Integrated Elementary School in drought-stricken Brgy. Pag-asa, Alabel, Sarangani Province were the beneficiaries of a feeding program organized by the DOLE XII Sarangani Field Office in coordination with the RS PO Foundation. Emergency employment under the DOLE-TUPAD is also being facilitated for twenty (20) identified farmer-parents of these children.
The DOLE through the BWSC, with support from the ILO, facilitated the conduct of the Philippine Program Against Child Labor (PPACL) Assessment and Planning Workshop on 15-18 March 2016 at Hotel Kimberly in Tagaytay City. The workshop aimed to assess the progress and achievements in the implementation of the PPACL from 2007 to 2015 and to develop a new PPACL Strategic Framework for 2016-2022.
These 21 barangays awarded with Child Labor- Free certificates included Crossing Magallon, Magallon Cadre, 6-Poblacion and Guipana-an in Moises Padilla; Sag-ang, Camandag and Nato in La Castellana; Dian-ay and Mabini in Escalante City; San Pablo, Tortosa, Purisima and Punta Mesa in Manapla; Barangays 8, 10, 12 and 13 in Victorias City; Katilingban, Palampas and Punao in Talisay City; and Vista Alegre in Bacolod City.
ORIENTATIONS, information dissemination, social media and tri-media presence are among the strategies included in the communication plan created by the Region XI HELP ME Convergence Program members in order to address the low level of awareness in child labor and encourage support and involvement among stakeholders.
Everybody must unite and be involved in the campaign against child labor to ensure the transformation of every barangay into child-labor free communities
Said Department of Labor and Employment Secretary Rosalinda Dimapilis-Baldoz, she added that the government is there to ensure that children are free from all forms of abuse, neglect, exploitation, and discrimination, or any condition detrimental to their development.
A Training of Labor Laws Compliance Officers on Child Labor Assessment Skills was held on 22-26 February 2016 at Waterfront Cebu City Hotel. The training, organized by the Bureau of Working Conditions and the Bureau of Workers with Special Concerns with support from the International Labour Organization, was attended by 35 LLCOs and Child Labor Focal Persons from the 16 DOLE Regional Offices.
With new targets set for 2016, the Laguna Provincial Office (LPO) officially started its preparation for the implementation of its Child Labor Free Barangay Program (CLFB). PD Milagros R. Mata has always been an advocate of the program overseeing the progress of monitoring and assistance extended to child laborers, children vulnerable to child labor and their respective families.
Understanding Children’s Work (UCW), an inter-agency research programme of the ILO, UNICEF and World Bank launched its report on Understanding Child Labor and Youth Employment Outcomes in the Philippines on 2 February 2016 at The Bayleaf Hotel in Intramuros.
Some 1,798 children from 33 barangays benefitted from the Department of Labor and Employment’s Project Angel Tree (PAT) as the labor agency stepped up its anti-child labor campaign.
It was like Christmas at the start of the year for 120 children of barangays Lomboy and Mamalingling in Dagupan City as the Department of Labor and Employment-Regional Office 1 distributed giftson January 8.
The ceremonial signing of the Joint Memorandum Circular (JMC) on Guidelines on the implementation of HELP ME Convergence Program to Address Child Labor was held on 7 January 2016 at the NEDA Conference Room, Pasig City during the Joint Meeting of the Human Development and Poverty Reduction Cabinet Cluster and the NEDA Board - Social Development Committee.
Two barangays in Zamboanga Sibugay were declared by DOLE Region 09 as Child Labor-Free Barangays last December 21-22, 2015. The recipients of the certification were Barangay Butong, in Diplahan and Barangay Siloh, in Siay. The simple awarding ceremony was led by the Field Office Head of DOLE Sibugay, Supervising LEO Elamsalih E. Ungad together with the Regional Child Labor Program Focal Mrs. Pilar T. Salazar which was held in the respective barangay hall of the aforementioned.