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City of Lucena Responded to Challenge, Launched CLM-ISDS

A CHALLENGE FOR THE COMMUNITIES to take the struggle against child labor as their own struggle is sweeping the province of Quezon. After the successful launched of the action programme Child Labor Monitoring and Integrated Services Delivery System in six barangays of Catanauan, it’s the turn of the communities of City of Lucena to respond to the challenge as they launched CLM-ISDS in five barangays last July 25, 2012 in an assembly held at the Cultural Hall of Latter Day Saint, Lucena City. More than 200 people who participated in the launched collectively sent a strong message: “Together, let’s End Child Labor in our Communities Now!”

The five barangay chairpersons of barangays Marketview, Dalahican, Isabang, Ibabang Iyam and Gulang-gulang came armed with their respective Executive Orders or resolutions directing their Barangay Council for the Protection of Children to take the lead in the implementation of the said programme. They also presented to the assembly their respective Child Labor Monitoring volunteers who will provide the warm bodies to vigorously pursue a sustain monitoring and profiling of child laborers in their communities. Also, chairman Narfil Abrencillo of barangay Gulang-gulang announced his office allocation of Php 200,000.00 in support of the campaign to eradicate Child Labor in their community.

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Quezon Board Member Alona Obispo reiterated her full support to the programme and revealed her collaboration with Quezon 1st District Representative Mark Enverga to build a Bahay Kalinga for the Child Laborers in Quezon. Meanwhile, Dr. Romeo Maańo, a Councilor of Lucena City, made known a resolution he sponsored and was adopted by the Sangguniang Panglunsod of Lucena directing the City Social Welfare Development Office to conduct Child Labor monitoring in other barangays of Lucena.

DOLE Assistant Regional Director Milagros Mata applaud the organization of a community-based machinery for a sustain child labor monitoring. She challenged the barangay leaders to ensure its operation, and later, its institutionalization. She also asked them to reach out to the parents of child laborers, help them to setup livelihood projects to augment their income, and to keep an eye on them that they will not ask their children to drop–out in school. She informed the barangay leaders that DOLE has substantial amount allotted for livelihood programs for the parents of child laborers.

Ms. Cecille Colarina of ILO conveyed her admiration to the barangay sitio level monitoring of Child Laborers through the Child Labor Monitoring volunteers.

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Ms. Lourdes Leovido, CSWDO-Lucena, who also represented the Office of the City Mayor, opened the assembly. Ms. Pamela Palma, ILO-DOLE project coordinator, discussed the salient points of the action programme Child Labor Monitoring and Integrated Services Delivery System.

The assembly ended with the participants signing the Declaration of Support and Commitment for Child Labor – Free Barangays and a closing remark from Mr. Raymond Ramos of DOLE-QPO.

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