TACLOBAN CITY---The country director for the Philippines of the International Labor Organization, Lawrence Jeff Johnson, recently visited the Department of Labor and Employment Regional Office No. 8, in Tacloban City, to strengthen partnership and renew its commitment to helping the people of Eastern Visayas find decent work.
Director Exequiel R. Sarcauga warmly welcomed the visiting ILO director to the DOLE, and introduced him to the inter-agency members of the Eastern Visayas Regional Child Labor Committee.
Sarcauga expressed his gratitude to the ILO through director Johnson for the support it has extended to the DOLE and to the RCLC.
He added that the ILO through its International Programme on the Elimination of Child Labor (IPEC) has been instrumental in the organization of the regional child labor committee, a body that could efficiently and effectively address child labor in the region, through an intensified, sustained, and unified effort.
Sarcauga also cited the assistance of the ILO when it funded the capacity building training on child labor and trafficking in persons for prosecutors and law enforcers, last March 7-8, 2012.
Asked by members of the RCLC if the ILO can still fund some of the activities identified in the RCLC Action Plan, Johnson positively responded and asked to closely coordinate with its ILO-IPEC Coordinator Pepe Nebril relative to any request for funding by the RCLC.
“I would like to recognize the efforts of the RCLC for trying to address child labor in the region, and I must admit that all the members need to be capacitated in order to effectively respond to any case occurrence, and for this reason, the ILO-IPEC can extend its help in the area of capacity building training for the members,” Johnson explained.
ILO, DOLE and other stakeholders are also currently working on the child labor project in Northern Samar, one of the four pilot provinces in the country, that seeks to eliminate child labor by 2015. (Virgilio A. Doroja, Jr., LCO RO-8)
Source: Bureau of Workers with Special Concerns