The Department of Labor and Employment in South Cotabato recently apprised members of the Girl Scouts of the Philippines on the Department’s child labor prevention and elimination program during the GSP’s Senior Cadet Conference held on July 13, 2012 at the GSP compound in Koronadal City, South Cotabato.
Ruby Carrasco of DOLE-South Cotabato Field Office and program focal on the Philippine Program Against Child Labor (PPACL) presented and discussed the preliminary results of the 2011 Survey on Children and the salient features of Republic Act 9231 or An Act Providing for the Elimination of the Worst Forms of Child Labor.
About 134 senior cadets (first to fourth year students) coming from the Provinces of Sarangani and South Cotabato participated in the said orientation. The senior scouts were also informed on DOLE’s program intervention for the identified child laborers in Barangay Kematu, Tboli, South Cotabato.
The preliminary results of the 2011 Survey on Children, officially released and presented on June 26, 2012 during the launch of the campaign “Batang Malaya: Child Labor Free Philippines” revealed that of the 5.49 million children at work, 3.03 million were considered as child laborers and 2.99 million were reported to be exposed to hazardous child labor.
Learning of the increase in the number of child laborers in last year’s survey on children, the senior scouts pledged to help the DOLE in its campaign for the elimination of the worst forms of child labor.
The GSP is one of the members of the Provincial Council for the Protection of Children (PCPC)-South Cotabato and an active partner of DOLE in its campaign for a child labor-free Philippines. (rbcarrasco/dole-scfo)