“Around 73 child laborers in San Mariano will be receiving gift packs containing clothes, slippers, and various grocery items,” Atty. Sixto T. Rodriguez, Jr., DOLE 2 Regional Director said.
“Also, in order to arrest the cause of child labor which is poverty and lack of decent and productive work, we will also be awarding the second batch ofNegosyo sa Kariton as livelihood assistance to the parents of the said children amounting to P690,000,” the lawyer Director added.
In March of this year, DOLE 2 piloted the profiling of vulnerable workers in which child laborers were included in order to verify and give face to the statistics that was generated from surveys of various agencies. The data gathered is now serving as the guide in coming up with necessary policies and relevant programs, projects, or services that will benefit the vulnerable workers.
In the province of Isabela, a total of 13,811 vulnerable workers were profiled which include 251 child laborers, 205 sugar workers, and 13,355 informal sector workers. The said workers were profiled in the municipalities of San Mariano, Benito Soliven, Jones, San Agustin, and Sta. Maria, and in the cities of Cauayan and Santiago.
In 2011, a Survey on Children by the National Statistics Office revealed that of the 29 million Filipino children, there were roughly about 5.5 million working children, of which almost 3 million were in hazardous child labor.
DOLE Regional Office No. 2