Baguio city - The Department of Labor and Employment – Cordillera Administrative Region (DOLE-CAR) and the Regional Coordinating Council (RCC) in partnership with the Rotary Club of Baguio Summer Capital (RCBSC) recently launched the “LAPIS, PAPEL at IBPA CAMPAIGN” PROJECT to gather and grant the wishes of child laborers, children at risk to Child Labor and working children for educational supplies through building up of a network of patrons and supporters as a continuing campaign project to end the Worst Forms of Child Labor in the Cordilleras.
DOLE-CAR Regional Director Nathaniel V Lacambra spearheaded the project's launching at the University of Baguio Cardinals Gym in Baguio City as the highlight of the Celebration of the 2016 World day Against Child Labor. The project was also launched simultaneously in all DOLE-CAR Field Offices in the Cordillera Administrative Region.
Lacambra said that the “Lapis, Papel at IPBA Campaign” Project emphasize efforts to protect and advance the welfare of the working children aged 17 years and below under the Philippine Program Against Child Labor (PPACL).
He said that the project endeavors to get to the heart of the wishes of child laborers, children at risk to Child Labor and working children adding that the project is a vehicle for these children to be provided with the needed educational supplies for the whole duration of the school year.
“The DOLE shall serve as a broker between those wanting assistance --- the Children and their parents and those willing to extend the needed assistance --- the various individuals and organizations.” the Regional Director added.
Lacambra also said that the project has initially gathered the wishes of a total of child laborers in a Wish Registry. The name, age, and sex of the children were culled from NGO and other partners. These groups included the Alliance of Concerned Teachers and the Trade Union Congress of the Philippines.
Meanwhile, Rommel N. Alcid, Incoming President of the Rotary Club of Baguio Summer Capital (RCBSC) humbly called on fellow Rotarians and other well-meaning organizations and individuals to help send child laborers, children at risk to Child Labor and working children in communities where child labor is prevalent to support the project.
“Lapis, Papel at IBPA Campaign” Project is an opportunity for us to share and give happiness to another disadvantaged sector of our society - the children who are forced by circumstances to work and earn a living to support themselves and their families," Alcid said.
He echoed the sentiments of the brethren of the RCBSC that in order to stop and prevent child labor is to give education to these children and by doing this, we can better the chances that these children will succeed in life and they will be occupied with going to school and not being forced to work. The only downfall to this option is that it will take time, money, and the cooperation of the community to build these schools and enroll these children.
"“Lapis, Papel at IPBA Campaign” is a project initiated by the Rotary Club of Baguio Summer Capital (RCBSC) and DOLE-CAR with the support of the Baguio Lodge No. 67 of the Free and Accepted Masons, the JCI Baguio Sunflower, SLU Boy’s High Ocho Tres, ABS CBN Baguio, Baguio Midland Courier, Jomarcann Construction, University of the Cordilleras: Project Helen, SITEL, SM City Baguio, Union Bank and Café Will. The project is supported with donations of educational supplies donated by various groups, individuals, students including business establishments.
Interested groups and individuals wanting to donate may call 074-443-5339 or visit DOLE – CAR Regional Office at Cabinet Hill, Baguio City.
END/Patrick T Rillorta
Article from DOLE Cordillera Administrative Region website.