With new targets set for 2016, the Laguna Provincial Office (LPO) officially started its preparation for the implementation of its Child Labor Free Barangay Program (CLFB). PD Milagros R. Mata has always been an advocate of the program overseeing the progress of monitoring and assistance extended to child laborers, children vulnerable to child labor and their respective families.
On 4 March 2016, LPO conducted an Orientation on R.A. 9231, “Elimination of Worst Forms of Child Labor,” at Brgy. Concepcion, Pila, Laguna.
There were 53 participants with the Barangay Council led by Brgy. Captain Rodrigo Commendador and Mr. Jayson Palasin of PESO Pila. Also, Ms. Delita Apollo, School Principal of Mojon-Concepcion Elementary School, among the crowd composed of parents of child laborers.
Following the presentation and discussion of R.A. 9231, an orientation on Child Labor Free Barangay Program (CLFB) was conducted. DOLE Integrated Livelihood and Emergency Employment Program (DILEEP) was likewise discussed since the barangay will be one of the beneficiaries for livelihood assistance.
Signing of commitments from the barangay captain, school principal and parents also transpired during the activity. It was concluded around 3:00 p.m. All this was made possible by CLFB Focal Raymond R. Ramos in coordination with PESO Pila and Brgy. Concepcion.
In 2015, LPO unveiled Barangay Sto. Domingo of Bay, Laguna as a Child Labor Free Barangay with the certificate awarded during the Annual Gift-Giving Activity on December 11, 2015 held this time at Brgy. Malaban in the City of Biñan. Nine (9) barangays were upgraded from Continuing to Low-Hanging while two (2) barangays were upgraded from New Frontier to Continuing.
It is noteworthy that this Office has been linking companies and communities in the name of Corporate Social Responsibility to combat child labor. LPO organized a Donor’s Forum in March followed by a Medical Mission in May. Year after year, it has organized gift-giving activities in time for June as a celebration of the World Day Against Child Labor. Still, companies never failed to extend their support in various CLFB outreach activities such as EMS Components Assembly, Inc. that managed to adopt ten (10) child laborers. R.A. 9231, after all, is not only about consciousness but more than anything else, communal action.
Rudyboy R. Sinay
Labor Communications Officer
DOLE Laguna Provincial Office
Article from DOLE CALABARZON Website