The spanking brand new back pack loaded with school supplies and rain gear was enough reason for 11 year old buko vendor Jemar Casacop to stay in school and fulfill his dream of becoming a policeman someday.
His tatay makes a living selling ice cream while his nanay stays at home attending to the needs of five children. With his family’s dire situation he helps by selling buko salad in the public market after school and during weekends.
Jemar has grown accustomed to such hardship that sometimes he would wonder how he will finish his education to become a policeman. Not until he received the back pack. Clutching it tightly, it never left his side. For him, it was more than a bag, he was holding on to his future.
Jemar was one of selected school kids in Bay, Laguna that were given school bags as part of the celebration of WORLD DAY AGAINST CHILD LABOR with the theme “ NO TO CHILD LABOR, YES TO QUALITY EDUCATION” on June 12, 2015 .
The Department of Labor and Employment Laguna Provincial Office in partnership with the Laguna Labor Management Council Inc., celebrated the World Day Against Child Labor in Sto. Domingo. Elementary School, in Bay, Laguna.
A simple program preceded the distribution of bags to selected school children at risk or exposed to child labor. Local officials were also on hand to witness the distribution of bags. LLMC officers and the local officials also gave messages of inspiration to the school children.
The activity benefited ninety five (95) school children from barangays Calo and Sto. Domingo in Bay, Laguna. The bags contained notebooks and other school supplies enough for the kids to use in school.
DOLE Provincial Director Milagros Mata who led the distribution of school bags noted that the World Day Against Child Labor aims to free the children from poverty and from child labor.
With the program over, Jemar slung his brand new back pack over his shoulder with a renewed determination to finish his schooling and fulfill his dream.
First launched in 2002, the World Day Against Child Labour was first launched by the International Labour Organization (ILO) to raise awareness and activism to prevent child labour. This was the result of the ratifications of ILO Convention No. 138 on the minimum age of employment and ILO Convention No. 82 on the worst forms of child labour.
Rudyboy R. Sinay
Labor Communications Officer
DOLE Laguna Provincial Office