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Warning Signs “Children Not Allowed Here” Glued by DOLE-Bicol to Night Clubs

 

Bicol Region-  Female workers, or more so, children below 18 years old and their parents feel a lot ‘safer’ in the region after DOLE-Bicol thru its Provincial Field Office (PFO) Camarines Norte initiated the “Dikit Paalala Project” to warn both customers and night establishment owners that child labor is not just a labor offense but also a - crime.

 

The “Dikit Paalala” is a major project of the 3-in-1 Anti-Child Labor, Anti-Human Trafficking  and Anti-Illegal Recruitment Program of DOLE PFO Cam. Norte in cooperation with the Provincial Government of Camarines Norte.  It operates by, as simple as, posting warning signs in the entrance and exit points of night establishments as backed-up by Provincial Ordinance No. 71-2010 that took effect on February 1 last year.

 

“I do believe that this is a major accomplishment in our efforts to combat child labor, human trafficking and illegal recruitment. It’s simple as it may seem but it has a greater impact than you could imagine. Simple yet effective.” DOLE Bicol Regional Director Atty. Alvin “Champion ng Labor” Villamor said.

 

As of press time, some fifteen (15) night establishments in downtown Camarines Norte have been glued with a neon-colored-highly visible warning signs that say “Mahigpit Na Ipinagbabawal ang Bata Dito (0-17yrs. old)” in Pilipino version and “Children (0-17 years old) not Allowed” in English at its entrance and exit points.  The signs, as the PFO Cam. Norte Chief Ruben Romanillos reported, has warded off possible perpetrators of child labor and human trafficking and has educated customers and workers of these establishments. 

 

The night establishments glued with signs were: Celebrate Videoke Bar, Red Butterfly Refreshment House, Soltaire, Indonesia Videoke Bar, Lou-Che Disco Club, MJ Kiss Disco Club, Lady ann Disco Club, Bamboo Grill, Beehub, D’Wiggles Bar, Trooper’s KTV Bar, Koto Laser Disc Karaoke, My Girl, EM Videoke Bar and Lucky Duck. 

 

DOLE PFO Cam. Norte however said that this is only – the beginning, a so-called ‘initial operation’, saying that they plan to gear up the program by pasting warning signs in every night establishment in the Province. The program aims to massively advocate to club owners and patrons that children, more particularly female minors, are not suppose to work in night establishments. It aims to prevent children from being subjected to psychological and moral exploitation once exposed to sexual, explicit actions and pornographic materials upon entering these night establishments. Also, the program will restrict club owners and managers from employing children below 18 years old to engage in any form of work in said establishments.

 

“With this Dikit Paalala Project, people will be aware that a female or male minor in a night club is prohibited and as a chain reaction , bar owners will be careful in hiring them since, now,  anybody who saw the warning signs can tell the DOLE, the Provincial Government or the PNP. It will become an effective pin-pointing game.” Villamor added.

 

This 2012, DOLE-Bicol plans to replicate the program to other provinces as a form of advocacy campaign. Meanwhile, prior to the start of “Dikit Paalala Project”, PFO Cam. Norte conducted a Labor Relations, Human Relations and Productivity (LHP) Seminar to said establishments wherein individual support of the owners was solicited by DOLE.    - fin.

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2012-01-30
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