The Department of Labor and Employment-Regional Office I has launched a photography contest in line with the celebration of World Day Against Child Labor on June 12.
Bearing this year’s theme, “In Conflicts and Disasters, Protect Children from Child Labor”, the contest aims to encourage people to join in creating awareness on the sad plight of children caught in conflicts and disasters.
“Photography is an effective medium in visualizing the devastating effects of conflicts and disasters in the lives of children. We hope to generate greater support to government efforts in ending conflicts that lead to child labor and in providing children protection and assistance in case conflicts arise,” DOLE-RO I Regional Director Nathaniel V. Lacambra said.
Based on International Labor Organization (ILO) data, around 200 million people, one-third of whom are children, are affected by disasters every year.
Many children are internally displaced or become refugees in other countries, and are particularly vulnerable to trafficking and child labor, according to the ILO.
Director Lacambra said the contest is open to all amateur and professional photographers in Region I, and photo entries shall be judged based on their relevance to the theme, creativity, technique and overall impact.
He said the winning photos will receive cash prizes and will be used for various publications and advocacy materials of the DOLE, as well as exhibited in selected government galleries.
All entries with the names of the photographers will also have the chance to be featured in various materials of the DOLE and other government agencies, he added.
The winners will be awarded on June 12 during the celebration of the 119th Independence Day on which the DOLE will be staging four job and business fairs across the region.
Article from: DOLE Regional Office No. 1