TACLOBAN CITY --The Department of Labor and Employment Regional Office No. 8 has extended livelihood assistance to the parents of a 16 year-old child labor victim from Brgy. Victory, Babatngon, Leyte who was rescued by a joint team of DOLE, PNP and DSWD from a restaurant in La Trinidad Benguet, owned by certain Celia Ngan.
The one unit pedicab assistance was turned over by DOLE Regional Director Exequiel R. Sarcauga to Letecia Erandio during the launching of the campaign for a child labor-free barangay held on May 31, 2012 at the DOLE Training Center.
The younger Erandio allegedly suffered physical harm from her employer that prompted her parents back in Tacloban to immediately seek the help of the DOLE for the possible rescue of the child. Acting on the request of DOLE region 8, DOLE Cordillera Autonomous Region immediately conducted the rescue operation, and sent the victim to Tacloban, after giving financial assistance from DSWD.
DOLE Regional Director Exequiel R. Sarcauga explained that the assistance given to the family of the victim came under the DOLE’s Kabuhayan sa Magulang ng Batang Manggagawa or KASAMA Project, which is aimed at providing economic activity to parents of child laborers to support the needs of their children.
“I hope that this assistance we have just awarded to you, no matter how small it is, would help you earn more income, to uplift your lives. But let me remind you not to let your children drive the pedicab, or else it will constitute a violation of the anti-child labor law,” Sarcauga told the beneficiaries. (Virgilio A. Doroja, Jr., LCO, RO-8)
Source: Bureau of Workers with Special Concerns