An advocacy can be expressed in various forms, from fun runs to rallies, advocates do all sorts of things from the mundane to the bizarre to call attention to issues. In the case of the Laguna Labor Management Council (LLMC) in cooperation with DOLE IV-A and partner companies chose to punctuate the World Day Against Child Labor with children’s bags of various colors and school supplies.
With the prevalence of child labor in its vicinity, the Malaban Elementary School is the ideal venue for the LLMC’s celebration of “World Day to End Child Labor” on June 12, 2014.
When the prevalence of child labor in Barangay Malaban was discussed in the council meeting, DOLE Laguna Provincial Director Milagros Mata proposed the distribution of school supplies to the vulnerable children in Malaban Elementary School.
The council wasted no time in approving the proposal and working out the mechanics for the event. The council visited the school and identified the beneficiaries based on the survey conducted by DOLE’s enumerators.
Counting on the spirit of generosity and corporate social responsibility of private partners, the council then sent letters of solicitation for donations of school bags and school supplies. There was no shortage of generous benefactors. DOLE Laguna Provincial Office got filled up with colorful bags, notes books, pencils, ballpens, pencil cases, typewriting and art papers, folders, plastic envelopes, erasers, crayons, rulers, scissors, sharpeners, raincoats and umbrellas, including slippers for distribution to the school children . A total of 50 bags with supplies will go to the indigent children.
Director Milagros Mata was amazed at the turnout of supplies. “This only shows that our partners in the private sector share our advocacy of keeping children in school and away from all forms of child labor,” she mentioned as she helped in sorting the supplies at her Office.
The school principal is even more surprised at the response of the private companies. During the turn-over of school supplies by Mr. Perry Ferrer, president of EMS Components Systems Inc., LTI, Binan ,Laguna, Principal Clarita C. Rey noted that “As teachers, we share in the hardships of our indigent students whom we treat as our own children. The donations will inspire them to stay in school rather than work as child laborers.”
Advocating in ending Child Labor in all forms in Laguna might be an uphill battle but the Laguna Labor Management Council is ready and loaded with colorful bags and notebooks to keep children in school.
Rudyboy R. Sinay
Labor Communication Officer
DOLE Laguna Provincial Office