Marilao, Bulacan – In observance of the month-long celebration of the World Day Against Child Labor, Department of Labor and Employment (DOLE) Regional Office No. 3 and the Provincial Committee on Child Labor (PCCL), yesterday, formally renewed their commitment on their fight towards the prevention and elimination of the worst form of child labor in the province of Bulacan.
This event, according to DOLE Regional Director Raymundo G. Agravante, is one of the major highlights which took place at the Philippine celebration of the World Day Against Child Labor, held at the Event Center of SM City Marilao in Marilao, Bulacan.
“This year’s theme “Batang Malaya: A Child Labor-Free Philippines,” is anchored from the Philippine Program Against Child Labor, which is envisioned to have a child labor-free Philippines, through transforming lives of child laborers, together with their families and communities, towards their self-worth, empowerment, and development,” says Agravante.
Bulacan Governor, Hon. Wilhemino M. Sy-Alvarado and DOLE Regional Director Raymundo G. Agravante, led the signing of the pledge of commitment, which was also signed, witnessed, and supported by members of the PCCL, which is comprised of the DOLE, the Provincial Government of Bulacan, the Department of Education (DepEd), the Department of Social Welfare and Development (DWSD), the Philippine National Police (PNP), private organizations, academe, non-government organizations (NGOs), different civic groups, youth groups, and all concerned stakeholders.
The three-fold pledge on the Anti-Child Labor Program will ensure that all stakeholders will fully adhere to the following commitments:
- That all of their programs and services that will benefit children will be sufficiently funded and implemented on time.
- That they will fully implement all programs intended for the welfare of all children.
- That they will ensure that all of their undertakings will be for the greater interest and welfare of all children.
Governor Sy-Alvarado, in his keynote message, expressed his commitment of support in the fight against child labor.
“Bilang Ama ng Lalawigan ng Bulakan, akin pong kinikilala ang ating responsibilidad na mailigtas ang mga kabataan laban sa mga anu mang bagay na makakasira sa kanilang buhay at pamumuhay,” says Sy-Alvarado.
“Isusulong ng Pamahalaang Panlalawigan ng Bulakan ang iba’t ibang proyekto at programa na makakatulong sa ating mga kabataan. Nais ko, bilang gobernador ng lalawigan, na umagapay sa ating mga kabataan na makamit ang kanilang mga pangarap,” added Sy-Alvarado.
Meanwhile, Agravante, for his part, expressed his warm appreciation to the Provincial Government of Bulacan and the PCCL for renewing their partnership with the DOLE in the pursuit to put a halt to child labor.
“Our renewed commitment is a testimony that our ties with the Provincial Government of Bulacan, under the helm of Governor Sy-Alvarado, and the Provincial Committee on Child Labor, is strengthened and sealed. This new commitment will bolster a great future for our children through our joint programs and services tailored-fit to them,” says Agravante.
With the PCCL’s renewed commitment, the rights of children will be enforced wherein children and parents will be assured that the DOLE, under the helm of Labor Secretary Rosalinda Dimapilis-Baldoz, will continuously work hand in hand with its partners, towards a child labor-free Philippines.