As part of her commitment to support and strengthen the activities of the DOLE – 7 Field Offices, DOLE – 7 Regional Director Chona M. Mantilla celebrated 2014 World Day Against Child Labor (WADCL) in June 12 with the global theme for the celebration: “Extend Social Protection: Combat Child Labor” in Dumaguete City, Negros Oriental. Highlights of activities were: Celebration of Independence Day and World Day Against Child Labor, poster making contest, partner’s meeting, Project Angel Tree, Advocacy and orientation for High School and Elementary students, showcase of DOLE livelihood assisted projects, “Sikad Para sa Batang Malaya”, capability/team building activities, livelihood training, 1 hour child labor and human trafficking advocacy (for parents), rag-making hands-on orientation for community watch group and learning/team building games with the children and partner agencies.
During the program at Quezon Park in Dumaguete City, RD Mantilla underscored the convergent efforts of DOLE and partner agencies in the fight against Child Labor. For the children, RD Mantilla shared the story of how David overcame challenges with Goliath and that “God looks not on the outward appearance but on the heart.” Notable partners of DOLE in its drive against child labor include: LGU’s in Negros Oriental, with Dumaguete City Mayor Manuel T. Sagarbarria thru PESO Manager Socorro Mira for hosting the program, Visayan Forum Foundation Incorporated, Child Fund Philippines, Deped (province and city), Samahan at Ugnayan ng mga Manggagawang Pantahanan sa Pilipinas (SUMAPI), Philippine National Police, ABK3 Livelihoods, Education, Advocacy and Protection to Reduce Child Labor in sugarcane areas and Dumaguete Cyclers Advocates Network.
In Cebu City, Independence Day celebration was also marked with a Global March Against Child Labor 7 together with the support of the Local Government of Cebu, Mandaue and Lapu – Lapu; Philippine National Police (PNP), Department of Social Welfare and Development, BIDLISIW, Share a child and OPTIONS Incorporated. The march started at Fuente Osmena going to Plaza Independencia participated by 300 individuals coming from the government and private sectors. The activity aims to show the public and the world that we denounce all forms of child labor. Our children should not be working, instead they should be nurtured and sent to school. After the march, Salon De Rose offered free hair-cut and Virginia Foods Incorporated donated and gave 500 ready-to-eat hot dogs for the participants, especially to the children.
Meanwhile, at Abellana Sports Complex, the Kalayaan 2014 Job Fair was formally opened by Cebu City Mayor Michael L. Rama. He emphasized the importance of placement of jobs which he considered as one of his priorities of his platform of government. He acknowledged also the efforts of the Employers (local and overseas) Department of Labor and Employment, Philippine Overseas Employment Agency, Department of Manpower Development and Placement and Sunstar Cebu (major sponsor of Kalayaan Job Fair 2014) for their cooperation and efforts in making the activity possible. Other Officials who attended to show their support were: Hon. Sisinio M. Andales (Councilor of Cebu City and Chairman of Labor and Employment Manpower Development and Placement; Dir. Evelia M. Durato (POEA), Mr. Efren O. Vito (DOLE -7), Engr. Suzanne Ardoza (DMDP), Bayani Garcia (Sunstar) and Mr. Julius G. Neri, Jr. (Sunstar).
In Bohol, Chief LEO Wilson C. Cenas (Bohol Field Office) and staff attended the 116thIndependence Day commemorative activities organized by the Provincial Government of Bohol. The activity started with a Eucharistic celebration at St. Joseph Cathedral followed by simultaneous ringing of church bells, blowing of horns and sounding of sirens, wreath laying and flag raising ceremony and commemorative program at Plaza Rizal, Tagbilaran City.
For this year’s Kalayaan Job Fair, there were 107 participating agencies, 29 for overseas employment and 78 for local employment, offering 25,582 job vacancies. A total of 1,956 job applicants were registered; 196 hired on the spot (HOTS) 99 female for local employment and 1 female for overseas.
For more information on this report, you may contact Mr. Emmanuel Y. Ferrer – Regional Labor Communication Officer at telephone number 0(32) 416-6167/266-9722.