Sponsored by the Federation of Free Workers (FFW), the international Labour Organisation – International Programme for the Elimination of Child Labor (ILO-IPEC), and the Office of Kabataan Party List Representative Mong Palatino, the workshop aims to equip the participants blogging skills that will open a venue for blogsites on the campaign to eliminate child labor.
Julius Cainglet, FFW assistant vice president and chair of the Child Labor Knowledge Sharing System Sub-Committee (CLKSS-Com), remarked that blogging and the necessary support tools found in the internet have been responsible for helping social movements clarify its messages and organize solidarity actions, gatherings, training programs and even conferences.
“While other issues have developed and nurtured a lot of bloggers and produced numerous blogs, the child labor issue, in particular, has had no “resident” bloggers who will direct a lot of netizens to the child labor portal in the Philippines – the Child Labor Knowldge Sharing System (CLKSS) website,” Cainglet said.
Kabataan Party List Representative Mong Palatino, in his opening remarks, said that he is preparing a bill in Congress integrating social media ethics into the school curriculum to teach children and other internet users on right behaviour online, at what age should a child be allowed to use the internet and social sites like Facebook, among others. This is better, he added, than the anti-cyber crime law.
Likewise, Palatino emphasized that social media indeed is a tool for advocacy and he expressed his hope that the participants will be able to popularize their messages on social media.
Speakers for the workshop are award-winning and renowned bloggers on youth, children and a wide array of social issues.(Bureau of Workers with Special Concerns)