Former child laborers were afforded the opportunity to showcase their talents in the recent poster/slogan and comic strip-making contests held by the Department of Labor and Employment – Regional Office 1 through its Eliminating Child Labor in the Tobacco Industry (ECLTI) project.
DOLE 1 Regional Director Grace Y. Ursua said the competition is aligned with the project’s aim of removing children from the tobacco industry and helping them develop their potentials and express their own views, as she led the awarding ceremonies for the winners of the said competition held at the Rosebowl Steakhouse and Restaurant, Bauang, La Union.
The contestants were former child workers who were provided by the ECLTI project with educational assistance to enable them finish either elementary, secondary, tertiary or technical-vocational education.
Aside from the scholarship, their families also received livelihood assistance from the project to improve their economic condition and subsequently prevent or remove their children from hazardous labor.
Through their drawings and comic strip, the children communicated their rights, especially protection from all forms of child labor, education, play/leisure, decent life and bright future.
The entries were judged per project beneficiary municipality, namely, Pinili, Ilocos Norte; San Juan, Ilocos Sur; Balaoan, La Union; and Alcala, Pangasinan. San Emilio, Ilocos Sur is also among the recipient municipalities of the ECLTI, but opted to waive its right to the contest.
First Place winners in the poster/slogan competition were: Jonathan Val Pagdilao (Pinili), Bonifacio Noriega (San Juan), Iverson Cañero (Balaoan), and Princess Gem Olpindo (Alcala). Second Place winners were: Fritz Levin Pajinag (Pinili), Gian Paul Vivit (San Juan), Raynel Eliezer Ledda (Balaoan), and Ma. Jannica Alberto (Alcala). Those who bagged the third place were: Sherrie Ann Estavillo (Pinili), Kathrina Joy Torricer (San Juan), Javis Bon Arciaga (Balaoan) and Don Ray Ramos (Alcala).
In the comic strip-making category, the first place winners were: Apryl Precious Estavillo (Pinili), Candido dela Cruz (San Juan), Iverson Cañero (Balaoan), and Don Ray Ramos (Alcala). Second place winners were: Cinderella Guevarra (Pinili), Dionell Corpuz (San Juan), Creole Burgos (Balaoan), and Erwin Rupisan (Alcala). Bagging the third place were: Ellen Frances Tarriga (Pinili), Ziv Omar Corpuz (San Juan), Javis Bon Arciaga (Balaoan), and Mar Aiyen Capistrano (Alcala).
The winning entries will be used by the DOLE 1 Regional Office as information, education and communication materials in its advocacy campaign against child labor.
Under the Philippine Program Against Child Labor, the DOLE and its network of social partners, aim to progressively achieve a child-labor free Philippines through prevention, protection and reintegration strategies. (Arly Sta. Ana-Valdez, LCO DOLE-RO1)
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