SIGAW Kabataan which stands for Suportahan, Iangat, Gabayan ang Welfare ng Kabataan is an advocacy projet on child labor which intends to enhance the awareness and sensibility to the needs of the children. It also aims to make people realize both in public and private agencies, communities, teachers, and parents as well as their children on their potential in solving problems and creating plans against child labor.
In Barangay Tabuk, a coastal barangay in Bulalacao, the primary source of living of each family is fishing. And because of poverty, some children are involved in “pangulong” fishing as well as deep sea fishing which are very dangerous to their health. These children are not given the privilege to got o school. Barangay Tabuk is only one of the barangays in Bulalacao wherein children are at risk.
Participants from the Philippine National Police, Municipal Social Welfare Development Office, parents, and children, owner of pangulong and government officials were all oriented on the children rights, the meaning of child labor, laws and DOLE programs.
At the end of the activity, a signature campaign was facilitated. They were all encouraged to sign on the streamer as part of their commitment as advocates against child labor. This was part of the SIGAW Kabataan advoacacy project objective: “One signature – one individual – one person to fight against child labor.”
Said activity was in cooperation with the Municipal Government of Bulalacao headed by Mayor Engr. Ernilo C. Villas and Vice Mayor Tessie Bantugan through the Bulalacao PESO Manager Dexter Gonzales and Oriental Mindoro Provincial PESO.