The DOLE through the BWSC, with support from the ILO, facilitated the conduct of the Philippine Program Against Child Labor (PPACL) Assessment and Planning Workshop on 15-18 March 2016 at Hotel Kimberly in Tagaytay City. The workshop aimed to assess the progress and achievements in the implementation of the PPACL from 2007 to 2015 and to develop a new PPACL Strategic Framework for 2016-2022.
DOLE Acting Secretary Lagunzad, in his message on the first day of the workshop, described child labor as a wicked problem. “You wonder why child labor persists and why when you resolve one part of the problem, you create or a new problem emerges. It seems that the problem is unending. Wicked problems are problems that persists, there is no obvious or easy solution to a wicked problem.” He highlighted the importance of identifying the outcome, output and input indicators in program monitoring and evaluation in order to succeed in solving the wicked problem that is child labor. BWSC Director Ahmma Charisma Lobrin-Satumba, in her opening remarks, emphasized that the Child Labor-Free Barangay is one of the flagship programs of DOLE as it is an effective strategy in eliminating child labor in the country because it touch-bases with the community where child labor incidents occur. Representatives from the Quezon City PESO; LGU of Angono, Rizal; and TADECO in Davao del Norte were among the resource persons who shared their good practices in the prevention and elimination of child labor.
Participants agreed to target the withdrawal of 1 million children from child labor within 2016-2022. Members of the National Child Labor Committee and DOLE representatives from 17 regions actively participated in the 3-day workshop.
Ms. Lucy Lazo, an ILO consultant, served as workshop facilitator.