Jasmin expressed her gratitude, “I am so delighted to go to school because of my new school supplies and I love to see my hand writings on the white pages of my notebooks. I am so inspired to write down the lessons and to listen to my teachers. One day, I will also be helping pupils by assisting them how to read and write their names. I want to be a teacher”.
Jasmin’s statement is one of the 160 innocent voices who are identified children at risk of becoming child laborers in Baguio city and Benguet who are given school supplies through the Project Angel Tree of the Department of Labor and Employment- Cordillera Administrative Region.
DOLE Regional Director Henry John S. Jalbuena said four barangays in Baguio City and four barangays from Benguet are beneficiaries of the Project Angel Tree. These are barangays Gibraltar, Irisan, Pacdal, Sto. Tomas, Poblacion, Bedbed, Abatan and Itogon respectively.
He added, “Child Labor elimination is among many program of the Department and one of which is our advocacy program called Project Angel Tree. This Project Angel Tree represents a broad array of services that will be made available to child laborers, children at risk of becoming child laborers or working children and their families which is symbolically represented by a tree which bears fruits for these children beneficiary.”
Project Angel Tree encourages children from identified barangays to continue their education and steer clear from doing laborious tasks that will endanger their lives and health. This Project is a manifestation of the efforts between the government and private sector in keeping children away from dangerous workplaces, with the help of parents and community there will be an assurance that children are always protected and not exploited.
Each child was given a package of school supplies worth Php 2,000 consisting of one bag; nine ream pad paper, 10 notebooks, one ruler, one umbrella, five ballpens and three pencils.
Thus, Project Angel Tree is a manifestation of the efforts of between government and the private sector in keeping children away from dangerous workplaces, with the help of parents and community together we can ensure that children are always protected and not exploited.