The municipal government of Aroroy in the Province of Masbate cements its commitment to fight child labor in the area with the approval of "An Ordinance Defining and Penalizing the Use of Child Labor and Providing a Program for Prevention and Progressive Elimination of Child Labor in the Municipality of Aroroy."
Said ordinance was authored by Hon. Ana Chan, Hon. Digna Maristela, Hon. Fida Valdemoro, Hon. Darwin Valera and Hon. Lino Caoares and adopted during the 20th regular session of the 8th Council of the Sangguniang Bayan.
Highlights of the ordinance include an annual appropriation of P500,000 from the annual General Fund, include formal establishment of the Municipal Child Labor Committee, organization of child rescue team, mobilization of BCPC, reporting of child labor cases by employees and workers, among others.
Organization of child laborers and working children, annual children's camp or forum and LGUs' roles in child labor monitoring are some of
institutionalized action programme components of The Municipal Social Welfare and Development Office (MSWDO) from its ILO-IPEC partnership.
This major accomplishment of the municipality was presented during the ILO-IPEC Partners' Forum on 10 December 2012.
"This ordinance is aligned with the municipal government's vision on socio-economic development, which is a balancing act of human, economic and social aspects to attain total development. This is one ste towards improving the quality of life of the people," beamed MSWDO Nory Mendoza.