Hitting two birds with one stone, Assistant Regional Director Alvin Villamor led the celebration of World Day Against Child Labor and the Launching of the Campaign of Child Labor-Free Barangays with the theme “Pagtutulungan, Pagpapalaya sa mga Batang Manggagawa” at the Municipal Gym, San Jose, Occidental Mindoro on 14 June 2012.
“The said activity aims to create a network of social partners that work towards the prevention and progressive elimination of child labor”, ARD Villamor said.
166 participants from 12 San Jose barangays, municipal and PESO officials, 86 parents and 68 children gathered to learn about child labor and different strategies to achieve child labor-free barangays.
Moreover, the participants were also oriented on DOLE programs and services that they could avail for their community, children and families to prevent their children from premature work. The DOLE MIMAROPA team offered its assistance in fighting child labor and promoted the importance of education to the parents and their children.
In the latter part of the activity, barangay captains were asked to give their own insights and commit actions to lessen the incidence of child labor in their jurisdiction and in effect help to achieve the goal of a child labor-free barangays. Some of the barangay captains said that they have already initiated the development of ordinances to advocate children’s welfare and support anti-child labor initiatives.
The 68 children who participated in the activity were given t-shirts and school supplies to encourage them to study hard.
The Occidental Mindoro Field Office was also directed to submit parents’ profiles of the children beneficiaries so that DOLE MIMAROPA could give the jobless parents opportunities for employment and livelihood pursuant to the truism that “In normal life, it is not the children who should work to support their parents; parents should work to support their children.
This activity was conducted by DOLE MIMAROPA in convergence with the Department of Social Welfare Development, Department of Interior and Local Government and the municipality of San Jose, Occidental Mindoro.