Citing a report of DOLE Regional Office No. 5 Regional Director Nathaniel V. Lacambra, Baldoz said that the six barangays were chosen by the Camarines Norte Child Labor Committee (CNCLC) after it noted that these areas have child laborers. DOLE Regional Office No. 5 has already profiled 60 child laborers in Barangays Gumaos, Tugos, Palanas, Tawig, Malaguit and Casalugan.
The addition of the five new target barangays was announced during the launching of the CLFB campaign in Paracale attended by DOLE Undersecretary Ciriaco A. Lagunzad, III who, in his message, said the intervention of the Department will not only focus on the child laborers or their parents, but also to the entire ‘community’.
Lagunzad also urged barangay officials to actively participate in the program and monitor the status of the child laborers. He also asked school teachers to oversee the school performance and attendance of the listed child laborers.
“I know that these children have dreams. Let us help them attain their dreams. They could never do that if they will engage in child labor and child labor is the concern of everybody, not just of the DOLE. So everybody must help,” said Lagunzad .
In his report, Lacambra said the launching of the Child Labor Free Barangay Campaign in Paracale was highlighted by the signing of contract of Barangay Captains to actively monitor the prevalence of child labor in the area. The identified child laborers and their parents also signed a pledge of commitment to stop and never engage in child labor. The elementary school principals in the barangays also signed a commitment to regularly check the class attendance and performance of the 60 former child laborers.