Department of Labor and Employment Secretary Rosalinda Dimapilis-Baldoz recently visited Barangay Mamba, Madalag, Aklan touching the lives of people in that community by giving out educational school packs to children of sugar migratory workers or sacadas and children who are at risk of becoming child laborers, and livelihood starter kits to their parents.
Baldoz brought smile to the faces of 100 school children, 31 in high school and 69 in elementary, when she handed over school packs containing school bags, ballpens, pencils, pencil case, notebooks, scissors, crayons, pad papers, calculator, protractor, ruler, bond papers, art papers, plastic envelopes, pocket dictionary, umbrella, raincoat, tumbler, slippers and other personal necessities like face towels, tooth brush, and bath soap.
The kits include farm implements that consist of plow, suyod, sarol, spade, knapsack sprayer, and spading; carpentry tools such as hand-saw, hammer, plainer (manual), steel tyre, chisel with curving, level hose, t-square and hack saw frame with blade; native food processing utensils like 2 pcs kaserola, steamer, blender, molder, gas stove and mixer; vegetable production tools i.e. spade, hoe, rake, shovel, sprinkler, seeds and fertilizer, and massage therapy items consisting of two bottles of rubbing alcohol, a dozen of toilet soap, two bottles of massage oil and lotion, 2 pcs. plastic basin, bath and face towels.
She also brought so much joy to the 57 parents of child laborers when she turned over starter kits consisting of a package of serviceable tools, material implements and items that will enable the parents to start quickly their livelihood activities and earn income to support the family and the children’s school needs.
Among the 57 parents, 22 received kits consisting of farm implements, 18 carpentry tools, 3 native food processing, 1 massage therapy and 13 vegetable production.
Baldoz was delighted seeing the joy in the faces of the children as they received the school packs and the parents as they accepted the kits that would help them become self-employed.
During the turnover ceremony, Baldoz formalized the partnership with the local government officials and other stakeholders through the signing of the Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) in transforming the whole Barangay Mamba into Child Labor-Free and with the parents of child laborers through the signing of Pledge of Commitment in supporting their children’s schooling. Early on, Baldoz met with Aklan Governor Carlito S. Marquez and other stakeholders and signed the MOU in transforming the whole of Aklan into Child Labor-free province.
Madalag ranked number one among the five (5) poorest municipalities in Aklan province with poverty incidence of 73.3 per cent, the lowest in the region.
Bgy. Mamba was enrolled for a child labor-free barangay because most of its residents are unskilled and lack of educational capacity to qualify for employment. Most of the male residents work as sugar migratory workers or sacadas in various sugar plantations in Negros Occidental and in other areas in Luzon.Amy Judicpa, Senior LEO/LCO Designate.