Malacañang bared the Aquino government’s programs in addressing child labor issues in the country and ensure the safety, well-being and literacy of the younger generation of Filipinos.
In a regular press briefing in Malacañang on Wednesday, Presidential Spokesperson Edwin Lacierda said a multi-agency cluster has been tapped to implement various developmental programs aimed at vigorously addressing child labor. The cluster is composed of the Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) and the Department of Labor and Employment (DOLE), among others.
“Meron pong ginagawang kampanya ang DSWD and DOLE… both agencies will be engaged in the Human Development and Poverty Reduction Cluster in addressing the issue of child labor,” Lacierda said.
He noted the respective roles of each agency in carrying out the program that features the national campaign to declare 80 barangays as child labor-free by the end of this year.
“On the part of the DOLE there is a national campaign to declare 80 barangays of five poor regions as child labor-free by the end of 2012," Lacierda said, adding that part of the campaign is to reduce by 75 percent all worst forms of child labor.
“Dito po sa DSWD right now, ang main program ay ang CCT… the Conditional Cash Transfer, we are now covering seven million five hundred one thousand four hundred thirty seven children and the program continues to invest in the children to make sure they are healthy and are in school,” he added.
Apart from these, Lacierda further said that parents are also being trained to take care of their children and make sure that they understand the rationale in making them healthy and educated.
“There are CCT parent-beneficiaries attending family development sessions where they are taught good and responsible parenthood… they are also taught why children should be kept healthy and in school and not working,” Lacierda noted.
The initiative is part of the government’s celebration of the World Day Against Child Labor which was observed last Tuesday, June 26.
The program forms part of the Aquino administration’s “very determined" resolve to make every barangay of the country's over 1,500 municipalities child labor free to achieve its goal of reducing by 75 percent of all worst forms of child labor by 2015.
The effort is also anchored on the Millennium Development Goals of achieving universal education which is contingent to freedom from labor and allow children to attend school and perform well.
Child Labor Portion @ 11:32 mins of the video below.