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DOLE lauds the creation of Provincial Committee on Child Labor

Balanga City, Bataan––Labor and Employment Secretary Rosalinda Dimapilis-Baldoz yesterday lauded the DOLE Regional Office No. 3 under Regional Director Raymundo Agravante for urging the Province of Bataan to establish a Provincial Committee on Child Labor (PCCL), saying this is an important step towards the delivery of focused programs that will reduce, if not eliminate, the incidence of child labor in Bataan.

 

“The organization of a Provincial Committee on Child Labor will complement the Bataan Provincial Council for the Protection of Children (PCPC) which has been established ahead. It will surely benefit the parents and the so-called “children at risk" through convergence of several anti-child labor programs," said Baldoz.

Director Agravante said in a report to the Secretary that the DOLE regional office encouraged the establishment of the PCCL during the conduct by the DOLE Bataan Provincial Office of an orientation on child labor for Balanga City officials, DOLE stakeholders, and child labor program implementers in observance of the World Day Against Child Labor last 12 June. The observance was anchored on the theme, No to Child Labor in Domestic Work.

Bataan Field Office head Leilani Reynoso hosted the orientation in partnership with the PCPC. It covered discussions on the child labor situation in Central Luzon; Child Labor Law (RA 9231); Anti-Human Trafficking Law (RA 9208); and the new Kasambahay Law (RA 10361).

The discussants at the orientation were Reynoso, who provided an overview of the Anti-Trafficking Law and shared the best practices and success stories of the Bulacan PCCL; Jacqueline Tigas, who highlighted the Philippine Child Labor Program and discussed in-depth the Child Labor Law and the International Labour Organization’s definition of the Rights of Children; Rose Yambot, who presented R.A. 10311, or theKasambahay Law; and Regina Agustin, the new Kasambahay Law focal person in the region.

Agustin, having served recently as administrative staff at the Philippine Overseas Labor Office in the Middle East, shared some of her experiences in dealing with various requests for assistance on issues faced by domestic workers. She said that Filipinos working both here and abroad, especially those working as domestic workers, must be educated on their rights as workers and what programs and services they can avail from the DOLE.

"We wholeheartedly support the creation of a Provincial Committee on Child Labor. It will contribute greatly to our work towards a Child Labor-Free Bataan,” said Marilyn Tigas, Bataan Provincial Social Welfare and Development Office head and Co-Chairman of the Bataan Provincial Council for the Protection of Children.

Tigas said the creation of the Bataan Provincial Committee on Child Labor will only require an executive order signed by the Provincial Governor of Bataan. The DOLE regional director should chair it and it can have the same composition as the Provincial Council for the Protection of Children, Tigas noted.

 

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