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DOLE adds six barangays in Paracale, Camarines Norte as child labor-free targets

Labor and Employment Secretary Rosalinda Dimapilis-Baldoz yesterday announced that the DOLE Regional Office No.5 has added six barangays in Paracale, Camarines Norte were added to the regional office’s target barangay under the DOLE’s Child Labor Free Barangay campaign.

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.


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