Four in a row for project Angel Tree in Quezon Province. This year’s project Angel Tree which was held last 8 December at East 1, Elementary School Brgy. Marketview, Lucena City has 157 working children as beneficiaries.
Although strictly prohibited by law, the prevalence of Child Labor could not just be eliminated and abated due to the high poverty incidence in the area. In fact, through the joint DOLE and the ILO-IPEC project in Quezon, more than 1,010 working children have been indentified in the informal economy working in highly hazardous undertakings and more than 541 at risk children in just six barangays in Lucena City.
One of the Department of Labor and Employment’s continuing outreach program is “ANGEL TREE” which is a gift giving activity that tapped the help of golden hearted benefactors called Angels, who symbolize the unblemished support of the community for the welfare of these highly deprived children.
This year, child laborers, whose age ranges from seven (7) to sixteen (16) years old, residing at Barangay Market View, Lucena City, were treated with a fun-filled Christmas party that showed that there are a lot of people who are caring and willing to act for the welfare of these children.
The whole day activity was attended by DOLE Assistant Regional Director Milagros Mata, Pres. Virgie Chua of the Phil. Dental Association – Quezon Chapter, Pres. Joan Tańola of Rotary Club of Cosmopolitan Lucena; ILO-IPEC Provincial Coordinator Cecile Colarina; Provincial Child Labor Committee (PCLC) ; DepEd – Lucena; DepEd-Quezon; QPPDO; and the business sector headed by the Chinese Chamber of Commerce. DOLE-QPO prepared lunch for the children, Giusseppe restaurant and Happy We restaurant served the morning and afternoon snacks. Other donors prepared take home packages, including the footwear brought by the Rotarians for the children. Prizes for the parlor games were provided by ILO-Bondoc LED, ILO –IPEC and Quezon Premier Hotel. Quezon Rice Miller Association, GreenTelCom, Quick Loan & DepEd – Lucena were among the many donors of this project.
This coming together of sponsors and donors made Christmas season a
memorable one to cherish for the working children beneficiaries.