Republic of the Philippines
Department of Labor and Employment
Release for 5 Nov. 2012, Rpescalante
Regional Office No. 5
GOOD NEWS FOR NOVEMBER
Paracale, Camarines Norte- It’s prohibited. The Department of Labor and Employment Office here is positive that the row of night clubs in the beach area are totally off-limits to either girls or boys, employees or patrons alike, who are below 18-years old.
This was after DOLE Bicol, the owners of entertainment establishments and LGU Paracale, Camarines Norte had joined effort in the fight against child labor through the ‘Dikit-Paalala Campaign’ on 22 October right after the conduct of DOLE’s annual Project Angel Tree-Gift Giving and Feeding Activity at the Basketball Court of said municipality.
“So definitely we are assured that these entertainment area is child labor free.” DOLE Bicol regional director Nathaniel V. Lacambra said while fist-pounding the ‘Dikit Paalala’ Sticker to the entrance of Lovely Angel Videoke Bar with Paracale Mayor Hon.. Romeo Y. Moreno.
The ‘Dikit Paalala Campaign’ is an initiative of the Provincial Anti-Child Labor Council (PPACL) of Camarines Norte headed by the DOLE Provincial Office in Cam. Norte. It is a simple but effective advocacy program designed to glue stickers ‘permanently’ to night clubs in the province backed by Provincial Ordinance No. 71-2010 which took effect on 1 February last year.
After the signing of the Ordinance the DOLE Cam. Norte office headed by Mr. ruben Romanillos in cooperation with the Provincial Government of Camarines Norte have pasted some 15-night establishments in Daet, Camarines Norte with the ‘Dikit-Paalala’ stickers. Now, an additional of 18-establishments were permanently pasted with said stickers.
The establishments pasted with stickers were: Landas Videoke Bar, Kolbito Videoke Bar, Lovely Angel Videoke Bar, Midnight Blue Videoke Bar, Twinkle Star Videoke Bar, Green Quartz Videoke Bar, Lovely Lady Videoke Bar, Love Rock Videoke Bar, Parola Resto Bar, Glamour Videoke Bar, Cinderella Videoke Bar, Scorpio Videoke Bar, Secret Videoke Bar, Princess Videoke Bar, Green Haus Videoke Bar, Prince Bimbi Videoke Bar, Body Mill Videoke Bar, Dalampasigan Videoke Bar.
DOLE-Bicol asst. reg. dir. Exequiel Ronnie A. Guzman said that the ‘Dikit Paalala’ initiative is being considered by other provinces for adoption.
“We are more than happy and open to share this initiative to other provinces or even regions. They can just modify it to the needs of their province or municipality like here in Paracale.” ARD Guzman added.
The ‘Dikit-Paalala Campaign’ in Camarines Norte also includes the regular monitoring of the establishments posted with the stickers by the local government officials. –fin.