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Education through the airwave: A single step towards eliminating child labor in Olutanga Island

A three-manned team from DOLE Sibugay headed to Olutanga Island last June 04-08, 2012 with the mission to bring DOLE programs and services closer to the people. Approximately 90 kilometers from the provincial capital of Ipil, the island is composed of the three municipalities of Talusan, Mabuhay and Olutanga. Its remote location and bad road conditions make it hardly accessible to the government's services. Getting in and out of the island is mainly through the local motorized vehicle known as "habal-habal".

To make the most of the visit, the team included in their priorities the dissemination of information regarding the Philippine Program Against Child Labor. There were unconfirmed reports about minors who stop going to school and have instead join their parents and other adults in seaweed farming and fishing.

To maximize the information dissemination to the grassroots level, the team guested in the morning radio program of Mr. Ronald Zarate, PESO Manager of LGU-Mabuhay. Sr. LEO Elmasalih Ungad, PPACL focal person emphasized on the need to eliminate the worst forms of child labor and the importance of private-public partnership to combat it.

Some observers commented that the problem on child labor is grounded on the poverty situation of the country which remains to be a big challenge of the government up to this time. however, for a third world country like the Philippines, it is only through continuous education that we can move people to act and change. it might not be the quick solution that we all w ant, but it is the first step of the thousand-mile journey towards the comprehensive  growth and development of our country.

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