Everybody must unite and be involved in the campaign against child labor to ensure the transformation of every barangay into child-labor free communities
Said Department of Labor and Employment Secretary Rosalinda Dimapilis-Baldoz, she added that the government is there to ensure that children are free from all forms of abuse, neglect, exploitation, and discrimination, or any condition detrimental to their development.
Meanwhile, DOLE-Cordillera Regional Director Nathaniel V. Lacambra urged the Cordilleran community to call the Department’s Call Center S.M.I.L.E telephone numbers (02) 527-8000 or Regional Office’s telephone numbers (074) 443-538 to 9 to report the child labor concerns or child labor cases to help prevent and eradicate child labor.
The DOLE Call Center, known as S.M.I.L.E which stands for Serbisyong Magalang, Mahusay na Impormasyon sa Labor and Employment, is open on Mondays to Saturdays from 6:00 am to 6:30 pm. It has a complement of six composite staff from different DOLE Offices while the Regional Office is open from Mondays to Friday from 8:00 am to 5:00 pm.
Based on report on Child Labor Queries in the Cordillera, queries focused on child labor incident, requests for rescue operations, clarification on child-labor related laws and policies and situations of child labor in the region.
The Department intensified its efforts against child labor through Child Labor-Free Barangay and Establishment. Regional Director Lacambra disclosed that for the first quarter of this year, there were six establishments in Banaue, Ifugao that were declared as Child Labor Free Establishments (CLFE). These are Good News Clinic and Hospital, Inc.; Good News Christian Academy; Native Village Inn; Noah’s Ark; Uyami’s Green View Lodge and Restaurant; and Halfway Lodge and Restaurant.
He added, “A total of 27 establishments were declared to be child labor free since 2014. In the year 2014, there were 18 establishments, three on 2015 and six for 2016”.
RD Lacambra also cited a record from 2015 Accomplishment Report under the Child Labor Prevention and Elimination Program (CLEP), in Baguio City there are five barangays certified as child labor-free. These are Pacdal, Mines View, Gibraltar, Sto. Tomas and Irisan.
The Campaign for Child Labor Free Barangay (CCLFB) and Child Labor Free Establishment (CLFE) aims to contribute to the vision of a “Child-Labor Free Philippines” through influencing change and obtaining commitment and support from various stakeholders to make barangays free from child labor.
The CCLFB aims to influencing change and obtaining commitment and support from various stakeholders to make barangays free from child labor and CLFE aims to promote complaint and socially responsible business practices.
End/ Julienne Fortunato
Article from DOLE CAR Website