Reporting a child labor incidence is just a mouse click away.
Labor and Employment Secretary Rosalinda Dimapilis-Baldoz said this yesterday as she encouraged the public to report child labor incidences using the Internet.
"We have harnessed the power of the Internet in our fight against child labor," Baldoz said. We can now use the CLKSS, or the Child Labor Knowledge Sharing System in the website of our Bureau of Workers with Special Concerns (BWSC) to report child labor activities or support the anti-child labor campaign of the DOLE," she added.
The CLKSS is basically the DOLE’s anti-child labor data hub. Anyone can register or log on to the CLKSS portal and gain access to its programs and services, as well as participate in anti-child labor forums or discussions.
The CLKSS portal, clkss.org.ph, was funded by the International Labor Organization (ILO) and being enhanced and maintained by the BWSC to facilitate utilization of child labor data through the Internet and new media, especially in support of national and local child labor policy development and program design.
An information technology tool in support of the Philippine Program Against Child Labor (PPACL), the CLKSS is designed for sharing relevant and real-time data, enhance communication, improve program monitoring, and automate child labor case referrals.
Baldoz said the DOLE, in coordination with its social partners, has enhanced the CLKSS's automated referral/reporting system which allows concerned individuals to inform appropriate agencies of child labor incidences in their communities.
The automated reporting system will open up information channels which can then be translated into statistics and action against child labor offenders. With monitored data or information on child labor available in an instant, the faster it will be for authorities to implement DOLE’s Child Labor Prevention and Elimination Program (CLPEP).
While still relatively brand new, the CLKSS already contains relevant information on child labor cases, statistics on child labor, news on the government’s anti-child labor campaign, and other related data that could help in the detection, apprehension, and hopefully, prosecution of child labor offenders.
“We are opening up and widening public access to child labor data and information through the CLKSS and fostering a sense of ownership of and participation in the fight against child labor. We want the public to register and be part of the fight, as reports can be made by members to help curb and prevent the incidence of child labor,” said Baldoz.
To familiarize stakeholders and partners in the use of the CLKSS, the DOLE, through the BWSC, had conducted 13 users’ training and orientation sessions for national, regional, and provincial stakeholders. The website currently has 128 knowledge resources, 86 news articles, and 113events contributed by 540 registered users.
Secretary Baldoz explained that the renewed urgency to tackle child labor and its worst forms is part of President Benigno S. Aquino III’s 22-point labor and employment agenda and the Labor and Employment Plan 2011-2016 which call for the pursuit, apprehension, and prosecution of those engaged in illegal and predatory activities, especially traffickers that target women and children.