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CLM-ISDS launched in Catanauan, Quezon

Six barangays of Catanauan, Quezon took up the struggle to eradicate child labor as their own struggles as they launched the Child Labor Monitoring and Integrated Services Delivery System in their respective barangays last June 28, 2012.
CLM-ISDS launched in Catanauan, Quezon

child Laborers, students & partners at the CLM Launching

The launched of the ILO-IPEC funded  DOLE Action Programme  “Taking Children Out of Child Labor through a Functional and Institutionalized Child Labor Monitoring and Integrated Services Delivery System in the Communities” in Barangays 7, 10, Tuhian, San Isidro, Madulao and Doongan Ilaya was highlighted by the presentation of the  “Declaration of Support and Commitment” signed by more than 3000 people from their respective communities and the signing of the six barangay chairpersons of  Executive Orders directing their Barangay Council for the Protection of Children to take the lead in the implementation of the said programme.

The LGU – Catanauan headed by Mayor Ramon Orfanel and Vice-mayor Manuel Montano reiterated its full support to the Programme. In his address, Mayor Orfanel announced that to accommodate more students and encourage more out of school youth, including the Child Laborers, to go back to school, 130 new classrooms from an Australian Aid program and another 2 classrooms from Jollibee Corporation along with a feeding program for the children are forthcoming. On his part, Vice-mayor Montano called for cooperation of all stakeholders to hasten the eradication of Child Labor.

CLM-ISDS initial list of service providers affirmed their commitment to help the Child Laborers. PSWDO’s Sonia Leyson announced their agency is working on a project for Child Laborer coming from the Social Welfare funds. DepEd is mobilizing the ALS and Mobile teachers to encourage out-of-school Child Laborer to go back to school. DOLE is working on the possible livelihood programs that can be provided to the parent s of the Child Laborers.

Likewise, Quezon Board Member Lourdes De Luna Pasatiempo, who is from Catanauan, promised to assist the Programme in her capacity for a legislative action, and on sharing this effort to other towns in Bondoc Peninsula.

The launching of CLM-ISDS which is part of double

celebration of the Philippine Independence Day and the World Day against Child Labor in Catanauan imparted deeper meaning to the celebration. As Ms. Pamela Palma, the DOLE Programme Project Coordinator said in her closing speech, the essence of our freedom as a nation is not only freedom from foreign colonizer but also freedom from the evils of a global system where the children are deprived of critical education and training that can help to lift them and their families out of cycle of poverty.

The celebration that commenced with a huge march against child labor attracted big mobilizations from the school children, including almost all of the identified Child Laborers and their parents. The poster and slogan making contest with the theme “Ang Batang Malaya” for elementary and high school students were able to showcase their talent and creativity.

Enjoyable and meaningful intermission numbers were provided by the school children from Catanauan Central School – the “Subli” dance (coined from Tagalog words “subsub” and “bali” describe the flight of the child laborer – “subsub sa trabaho at nagkakabali-bali ang buto”, the “Buling-buling” dance, and the Rondalia. Selected child laborers showed their dancing skills via a hip-hop dance.

Catanauan Launch

The activity ended with the “salu-salo” hosted by the mayor as a form of thanksgiving for all the partners.

The launched of the ILO-IPEC funded  DOLE Action Programme  “Taking Children Out of Child Labor through a Functional and Institutionalized Child Labor Monitoring and Integrated Services Delivery System in the Communities” in Barangays 7, 10, Tuhian, San Isidro, Madulao and Doongan Ilaya was highlighted by the presentation of the  “Declaration of Support and Commitment” signed by more than 3000 people from their respective communities and the signing of the six barangay chairpersons of  Executive Orders directing their Barangay Council for the Protection of Children to take the lead in the implementation of the said programme.

The LGU – Catanauan headed by Mayor Ramon Orfanel and Vice-mayor Manuel Montano reiterated its full support to the Programme. In his address, Mayor Orfanel announced that to accommodate more students and encourage more out of school youth, including the Child Laborers, to go back to school, 130 new classrooms from an Australian Aid program and another 2 classrooms from Jollibee Corporation along with a feeding program for the children are forthcoming. On his part, Vice-mayor Montano called for cooperation of all stakeholders to hasten the eradication of Child Labor.

CLM-ISDS initial list of service providers affirmed their commitment to help the Child Laborers. PSWDO’s Sonia Leyson announced their agency is working on a project for Child Laborer coming from the Social Welfare funds. DepEd is mobilizing the ALS and Mobile teachers to encourage out-of-school Child Laborer to go back to school. DOLE is working on the possible livelihood programs that can be provided to the parent s of the Child Laborers.

Likewise, Quezon Board Member Lourdes De Luna Pasatiempo, who is from Catanauan, promised to assist the Programme in her capacity for a legislative action, and on sharing this effort to other towns in Bondoc Peninsula.

The launching of CLM-ISDS which is part of double celebration of the Philippine Independence Day and the World Day against Child Labor in Catanauan imparted deeper meaning to the celebration. As Ms. Pamela Palma, the DOLE Programme Project Coordinator said in her closing speech, the essence of our freedom as a nation is not only freedom from foreign colonizer but also freedom from the evils of a global system where the children are deprived of critical education and training that can help to lift them and their families out of cycle of poverty.

The celebration that commenced with a huge march against child labor attracted big mobilizations from the school children, including almost all of the identified Child Laborers and their parents. The poster and slogan making contest with the theme “Ang Batang Malaya” for elementary and high school students were able to showcase their talent and creativity.

Enjoyable and meaningful intermission numbers were provided by the school children from Catanauan Central School – the “Subli” dance (coined from Tagalog words “subsub” and “bali” describe the flight of the child laborer – “subsub sa trabaho at nagkakabali-bali ang buto”, the “Buling-buling” dance, and the Rondalia. Selected child laborers showed their dancing skills via a hip-hop dance.

The activity ended with the “salu-salo” hosted by the mayor as a form of thanksgiving for all the partners.

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