In its contribution to the government’s target to eliminate the worst forms of child labor in the country, DOLE Rizal Provincial Office, spearheaded by its OIC Provincial Head, Ms. Marivic B. Martinez and its focal person in the child labor program, Mr. Ritchmon Ray R. Jose, held an inter-agency meeting on the office’s conference room last June 22, 2016 to reactivate and strengthen its alliance among its partners in the HELP ME Convergence Program.
HELP ME, a program which aims to address child labor in the Philippines, stands for: Health, nutrition and medical services; Education and training; Livelihood and employment; Prevention, protection and prosecution; Monitoring and Evaluation.
This Program will implement a sustainable and responsive convergence program by providing community-based, focused, converged, and synchronized strategies to effectively address the child labor problem. It seeks for the consolidation of agencies and other organizations’ efforts in the prevention and elimination of the worst forms of child labor. This activity also shared knowledge regarding the use CCT in the Philippines or Pantawid Pamilyang Pilipino Program (4Ps) as a tool in addressing child labor.
It was attended by the Provincial Directors of TESDA, DA, & DTI, Provincial PESO Manager, PSWD Child Labor Staff, Provincial Health Office Staff, Provincial Link and one Municipal Link from Pantawid Program, and one representative of UNBOUND, a non-government organization that helps sponsor education of children. These attendees learned about the HELP ME Convergence Program and the DOLE’s initiatives in addressing child labor cases and the Republic Act 9231. In return, they also shared their programs and services that can assist to the needs of child laborers and their families.
This activity puts the alliance into a better position in addressing child labor cases and thru this convergence, there is an optimistic view to the elimination of the worst forms of child labor in the province of Rizal in the up and coming years.
RITCHMON RAY R. JOSE
Labor Communications Officer
Article from DOLE CALABARZON website.