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“Child Labor is Not Child’s Play” – DOLE-Bicol’s ‘cry’ on Children’s Month

 

Legazpi City- Battling the longest running social menace – child labor – is not, in any sense, child’s play. This was stressed by DOLE-Bicol as it lay down its plans this October for the 2011 Children’s Month Celebration with the theme “Local Council for the Protection of Children Para sa Bright Child: Pakilusin, Palakasin, Pagtulungan Natin”.

 

“This year’s theme is timely for us (DOLE-Bicol). We have had several apprehensions made concerning child labor and human trafficking and we will not stop doing it.” DOLE-Bicol Regional Director Atty. Ailvin M. Villamor said. 

 

As per instruction of Hon. Labor Secretary Rosalinda Dimapilis-Baldoz, DOLE-Bicol will focus on strengthening its local anti-child labor councils (ACLC), media relations and more public-private ties, all, for the protection of children and the promotion of the Anti-Child Labor Program (CLP).

 

The ACLC’s, as projected by Villamor, will take the lead in creating a child-friendly society sensitive to the needs of a child wherein  all concerned sectors will have to work together in order to produce holistic and sustainable strategies that will counter child labor and consequently promote the rights of children.

 

“In doing a developmental approach we’re not only addressing child labor concerns but also promoting the rights of a child as what our National Hero Dr. Jose Rizal once said ‘ang kabataan ang pag-asa ng bayan. It’s actually doing more with less.” Villamor added.

 

The major regional activities lined up by DOLE Bicol this October will include a massive tri-media campaign on Anti-Child Labor, Illegal Recruitment and Human Trafficking, chief meetings with the Regional Anti-Child Labor Council (RACLC) and Provincial Anti-Child Labor Councils (PACLC), partnership with PDEA Bicol on drugs awareness campaign focusing on workers and high school and college students and conduct of talks on Child Labor vs Working Child and of course the yearly provincial conduct of Project Angel Tree which is a gift giving and feeding program of DOLE-Bicol region wide.

 

Probably  a major bust in the provincial level, in DOLE Provincial Field Office Albay (PFO Albay), OIC-Arturo P. Corbe in cooperation with TSSD Regional CLP Focal Person Cyre M. Cabredo and Tabaco PESO Manager Danilo Berces, will handle the investigation and possible Order of Closure to the Lodging and Resto Bar in Tabaco City allegedly hiring female minors as sex workers. Said Resto Bar was in ‘hot waters’, early August, after a minor a.k.a. “Lovely” escaped from the said bar and sought the help of local barangay officials, PESO Tabaco and the DOLE. This is aside from other surveillance operations being conducted in other provinces in cooperation with PNP, CIDG, LGUs and NBI. 

 

DOLE-Bicol, under the leadership of RD Alvin Villamor who is known as the “Champion ng Labor”  gained popularity in its immense ‘crack down’ on the worst forms of child labor  like prostitution, children in mining, white slavery and children in arms conflict.

 

“Aside from conducting a massive awareness campaign we want to lockup perpetrators to send a strong message that we, at DOLE, are serious in this child labor fight. My challenge to the RACLC and PACLC in this battle... C’mon let’s bring it on” Villamor said assuring.   -fin.

 

DOLE PFO Albay will also hold a “Project Angel Tree” – a gift giving and feeding program to 50 children in Brgy. Balza, Malinao Albay who were greatly affected by thyphon Juaning on  27 October while PFO Camarines Norte will also hold the same project on 26 October to 100 Child Laborers in Paracale, Camarines Norte in partnership with World Vision, LGU Paracale and MSWDO. 

 

On the other hand, DOLE Sorsogon has scheduled a “Project Angel Tree” grand slam in the municipalities of Pilar, Sorsogon on 18 October; Matnog, Sorsogon on 25 October, Sorsogon City on 27 October and Bulan, Sorsogon on 20 October. Bulan, Sorsoson will also hold a Barangay Orientation on the Barangay Council for the Protection of Children (BCPC) pertaining to RA 9231 or the law on the Elimination of the Worst Forms of Child Labor and RA 9208 or the Anti-Human trafficking law in 4-barangays of the municipally.

 

Project Angel Tree is being held by DOLE-Bicol annually as an early Christmas treat to children who were victims of child labor. However, upon the assumption of Villamor to DOLE-Bicol, the Project evolved to cater not only to those who were victims of child labor but also to those children whose families have been affected by calamities or labor and economic breakdown. “Time evolves. We must also make changes in our programs to extend our services to the poorest of the poor.”  -fin.

 

The annual Project Angel Tree Program of DOLE Albay is a partnership betweeen government agencies and private firms in the province. As of 2010,  some 50-private firms and individuals  have committed to join the program. This year DOLE Albay OIC-PFO Arturo P. Corbe hopes to double the participation of these private firms.

 

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2011-10-03
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