Seated third from left is Ms. Imelda Decipeda, OIC of TSSD, Atty. Lorainne Lugod, BWSC Legal Officer, QPO OIC Edwin T. Hernandez and DOLE IV-A Regional Director Ma. Zenaida A. Angara-Campita during the launching and MOU signing for a Child Labor Free Muni
January 29, 2014 marks another milestone in the history of the Municipality of San Francisco, a remote town situated in the southern part of Quezon. The Department of Labor and Employment Region IV-A brought programs and services intended to address the problem of child labor in the municipality
San Francisco formerly called Aurora is a second class municipality with a total land area of 45,800 hectares and a population of 57,979 based on the 2010 census. Being a mountainous area, the climate condition is relatively dry especially during the months of January to May. The town of San Francisco is about 97 kilometer north west of Lucena City.
In June 2013, DOLE together with partners from the local government and the DSWD initiated validation visit to ascertain the result of the National Household Targeting System (NHTS) on the presence of child laborers from among those who were covered by the NHTS. A total of 137 child laborers were identified in Barangays Poblacion and Cawayan I.
As a response, the National Advisory Committee of Pantawid Pamilyang Pilipino Program, commonly known as 4Ps, has adopted a modified Conditional Cash Transfer (CCT) program which caters to families including those with child laborers who are in need of special protection.
To address the gap in service delivery, DOLE IV-A adopted a framework designed to sustain the gains of 4Ps by addressing the child labor problem of the locality.
As a sign of support and cooperation, the Municipal Government of San Francisco, through its Chief Executive, Mayor Joselito Alega, partnered with DOLE IV-A in the eradication of child labor in the said municipality. To realize this objective, the local officials and barangay leaders signed a Memorandum of Understanding with DOLE IV-A Regional Director Ma. Zenaida A. Angara-Campita to declare San Francisco as a Child Labor Free Municipality. As a sign of commitment, the local government turned-over to RD Campita, the town’s approved ordinance banning all forms of child labor. Also coinciding with the event is the awarding of livelihood assistance to parents of child laborers in the amount of P800,000.00 and the distribution of grocery items under Project Angel Tree.
Witnessing the event were DOLE Quezon OIC Edwin T. Hernandez, TSSD OIC Chief Imelda Decipeda and BWSC Legal Officer Atty. Lorraine Lugod. The entire activity was facilitated by QPO Livelihood Focal Person Raymond R. Ramos and Child Labor Focal Person Ohmar Lorena.
EDWIN T. HERNANDEZ
OIC-DOLE Quezon Provincial Office