Dumaguete City, Negros Oriental- Sixteen barangays in Negros Oriental have been certified child labor -free, following the recent addition of two more barangays.
DOLE-Negros Island Region Director Atty. Johnson Cañete reported the piece of good news to Labor and Employment Chief Rosalinda Dimapilis-Baldoz after Barangays Tara and Bagtic of Mabinay town made it in the roll of Child Labor-Free Barangays.
Hundreds of child labor advocates who remain in high spirits despite the drenching rain witnessed the awarding of Child Labor-Free Barangay Certificate to said barangays at the 14th World Day against Child Labor (WDACL) celebration in Dumaguete City.
“Child Labor elimination is everyone's accountability. DOLE is steadfast in its commitment to end child-labor. Our years of collective efforts and care have abated this global menace, saving a wide array of young dreams. May this inspire us to continue moving forward amid the seeming endless obstacles; after all transforming communities with prevalence of child-labor is a long and tough journey. ” Canete said.
He reiterated the barangay's indispensable role to protect children from all forms of abuse, neglect, cruelty, exploitation and discrimination and other conditions prejudicial to their development including child labor and its worst forms.
In 2015, twelve barangays have been freed from the claws of child-labor: Mandalupang and Alangilangan of Manjuyod; Sta. Cruz Nuevo, Azagra and Pal-ew in Tanjay City; Paniabonan, Lumbangan and Abis, Mabinay; Tayak and Napacao, Siaton; Poblacion, Santa Catalina and Taboan, Bayawan City.
In 2014, barangays Canggohob and Manlingay in Mabinay were declared child labor-free.
Meanwhile, in a further bid to eliminate child-labor, the Bayanihan Para sa Kabataan-Lakbay Aral Para sa Batang Malaya Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) signing also highlighted the 14th WDACL commemoration.
Signatories include the Oriental Negros Children's Advocacy Network (ONCAN) along with the 79th and 11th Infantry Brigades and 3rd Infantry Division of the Philippine Army, the Negros Oriental Provincial Police Office (NOPPO), DEPED-NIR, DOLE-NIR and the Visayan Forum, a non-government organization partner.
Said educational tour exposes children from hinterland communities to other realities by taking a glimpse of the city life for them to develop new perspectives and discover new horizons geared to protect their fragile nature and welfare.
The MOU also provides touring children souvenir items like school bags, educational supplies and rain gears aside from the meal treats and games courtesy of local and international benefactors.
In order to be certified as child labor-free a barangay must satisfy the key requites which include:
1. Profile of children in the barangay, including child laborers, regularly maintained and updated;
2. Commitment of parents of child laborers not to engage their children in child labor;
3. Commitment of school heads to monitor school attendance of identified child laborers;
4. Commitment of barangay officials to support campaign against child labor;
5. Barangay ordinances or resolutions against child labor enacted and implemented;
6. 100% of identified child laborers needing health assistance have access to health and medical services;
7. 100% of identified child-laborers have access to education services;
8. 100% of parents of identified child laborers have access to livelihood and employment services;
9. 100% of reported child-labor incidents are immediately acted upon by barangay officials;
10. Functional Barangay Council for the Protection of Children;
11. Inclusion of child labor and/or child protection agenda in the Barangay Development Plan with corresponding budget allocation;
12. Partnership with at least four government agencies and/or civil society organizations;
13. Participation of barangay officials in capacity building activities on child labor and/or other child protection laws.
CL-Free certificate is valid for three years from date of issuance subject to authentication whether or not the barangay has sustained its status.
Presence of child labor and fraud or misrepresentation on submitted documents tantamount to nullification of the compliance certificate.
This year’s WDACL theme is “End Child Labour in Supply Chains. It’s everyone’s business”
Article from DOLE Negros Island Region website.