City of San Fernando – With the Department of Labor and Employment’s aim to ensure the successful implementation of the Campaign for Child Labor-Free Barangays in Central Luzon, DOLE Labor Secretary Rosalinda Dimapilis-Baldoz, together with the other government agencies, non-government agencies, private sectors, civic groups, and the Provincial Committee on Child Labor (PCCL), will be spearheading various child labor program activities set on August 23, 2012, 9:00 a.m., at Barangay Pulong Buhangin, Sta. Maria, Bulacan.
According to DOLE Regional Director Raymundo G. Agravante, activities happening on the half-day morning affair in the province include (1) the awarding of livelihood projects to selected parents of child laborers, (2) the symbolic turnover of “work implement/s or tools of the trade” in exchange for educational supplies, uniforms, or scholarships, that will benefit former child labor, and (3) the stakeholders’ signing of their renewal of commitment and crafting for a convergence plan to ensure that their efforts will make Pulong Buhangin, a child labor-free barangay.
“The Province of Bulacan is noted to be a leading manufacturer of pyrotechnics in the Philippines. Based on the Bulacan Strategic Development Plan 2002 –2007, it was cited that more than 100,000 individuals are dependent on this industry and its economic contribution to the province is indeed considerable,” said Agavante.
Agravante also noted that there is an estimated 500 manufacturers (licensed or not) producing pyrotechnic products, particularly concentrated in the areas of Bocaue, Sta. Maria, Baliuag, as well as other neighboring municipalities of the province.
Just a few years ago, Agravante said that the DOLE partnered with the International Labor Organization (ILO) – International Programme on the Elimination of Child Labor (ILO-IPEC), in implementing an Action Programme dubbed “Promoting Child Labor-Free Communities Through Government-Led Social Mobilization and Enterprise Development.”
Along with Baldoz, are Bulacan Governor Hon. Wilhelmino Sy–Alvarado, DOLE, Undersecretary for Social Protection Lourdes Trasmonte, DOLE-3 Assistant Regional Director Geraldine Panlilio, Labor Communications Office Director Nicon F. Fameronag, DOLE Bulacan Field Office head Leilani Reynoso, and other DOLE Officials.
Aside from the PCCL, members of other equally notable stakeholder andpartners that will also grace this event are the KATUGON (Kaagapay Tungo sa Ganap na Kaunlaran ng Pamayanang Pulong Buhangin, Inc.), the Barangay Council for the Protection of Children (BCPC), and the Municipal Council for the Protection of Children (MCPC), wherein they will be presenting their respective accomplishments relative to the implementation of the Philippine Child Labor Program.