As part of the series of advocacies in its quest to eliminate the worst forms of child labor and in support to the nationwide launching of the campaign “Batang Malaya: Child Labor-Free Philippines”, the Department of Labor and Employment-South Cotabato Field Office (DOLE-SCFO) apprised twenty-three (23) employers on Republic Act (RA) 9231, otherwise known as An Act Providing for the Elimination of the Worst Forms of Child Labor. Said advocacy was integrated and introduced during the conduct of Technical Advisory Visit (TAV) seminar held on June 26, 2012 in Tampakan, South Cotabato.
In his report to DOLE Regional Director Chona Mantilla, South Cotabato Field Office head Edwin Morales said participants were made aware of the salient features of the Act, particularly on the conditions for employment of children 15 years of age but below 18.
Micro-enterprises (establishments employing 9 or less workers) comprise about 91 percent of the total number of establishments in the country and play a vital role in the reduction and or elimination of the worst forms of child labor.
“The Department has issued Department Advisory No. 01-08, series of 2008 where employment of young persons aged 15 to less than 18 years old are already allowed”, Morales said.
“Provided however”, Morales continued, “they shall not be allowed in any undertaking which is hazardous or deleterious in nature.”
With the Advisory, the DOLE issuance of a work permit or certificate to young workers aged 15 to below 18 years is no longer required.
Meanwhile, employers committed in their action plan to help the Department in its advocacy for a child-labor-free Philippines.
The TAV is a developmental approach of the labor standards enforcement framework (LSEF) which aims to enhance the business operations of small and micro enterprises. The promotion for a child labor-free workplace is one of the topics under TAV.
The Public Employment Service Office (PESO)-Tampakan co-sponsored the conduct of the said seminar held at the Municipal Conference Hall. (rbcarrasco/dole-scfo/062812)