Mariveles Bataan - With the goal of prevention and progressive elimination of all forms of child labor in Central Luzon, the Department of Labor and Employment (DOLE) Regional Office No. 3 recently joined the Department’s simultaneous nation-wide launching of the Campaign for Child Labor-Free Barangays with its theme anchored on “Pagtutulungan. Pagpapalaya sa mga Batang Manggagawa.”
The DOLE Bataan Field Office, under the supervision of Angelita Fernando, partnered with the Local Council for the Protection of Children (LCPC) of Mariveles in its kick-off campaign in Barangay Sisiman in Mariveles, Bataan.
Regional Director Raymundo G. Agavante reported to Labor Secretary Rosalinda Dimapilis-Baldoz that 50 residents of the said barangay and ten members of Mariveles LCPC were present in the pilot-launching and orientation of the campaign program.
“The DOLE’s new advocacy campaign aims to mainstream the child labor agenda, anchored from the DOLE’s Philippine Program Against Child Labor (PPACL), with its vision geared towards a child labor-free Philippines by influencing a positive change in the grassroots, identify the roles of all partner agencies and concerned stakeholders, and solicit their commitment as well,” Agravante remarked.
Mariveles Municipal Mayor Jessie Concepcion cited the significance of the partnership of both Local and Barangay Councils for the Protection of Children in Mariveles in achieving its status as a Regional Hall of Famer and a National Awardee for a child-friendly municipality.
Concepcion also emphasized the importance of the role of parents in providing the basic needs and education for their children and instilling them with values.
He also expressed his strong opposition to parents compelling their children to work at a very young age.
Meanwhile, Barangay Kagawad Nelson R. Saddi expressed his warm appreciation to the DOLE and the Mariveles LCPC for choosing Barangay Sisiman as a child labor-free zone.
Jacqueline Rapunzel Tigas of the DOLE Bataan Field Office and Child Labor Focal Person of the province provided an orientation on R.A. 9231 otherwise known as the Child Labor Law to the barangay residents. Her topic was focused on how children, living in coastal communities, are vulnerable to rendering child labor in many different ways, without their parents even realizing it.
Meanwhile, Dr. Danilo Velasco, representative of the Mariveles LCPC, provided a backgrounder of the council and showcased their recent accomplishments through an audio-video presentation.
In response to the campaign, barangay officials of all 18 barangays of Mariveles signed a Commitment of Support, ensuring that their respective barangays will foster the Campaign on Child Labor-Free Barangay by forging and implementing ordinances and resolutions to address child labor concerns in their respective jurisdictions.
A structured learning experience and games for children, facilitated by DOLE Bataan’s Carlito Agbing and Rosemarie Yambot, also took place. This gave 60 children from Barangay Sisiman a chance to enjoy and have fun for the day. The children likewise received simple treats from the DOLE.
Aside from Bataan, the campaign will also be launched in following areas: (1) Brgy. San Jose in Maria Aurora, Aurora, (2) Barangay Taal, in Bocaue, Bulacan, (3) Barangay Pandacacui in Mexico, Pampanga, (4) Talavera, Nueva Ecija, (5) Barangay Central in Tarlac, Tarlac, and (6) Olongapo, Zambales.(Jerry Borja with reporting from Jacqueline Tigas)