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DOLE Bicol Intensifies Campaign vs Child Labor


Legazpi City The Department of Labor and Employment (DOLE) Region V participated in the two-day celebration of the World Day Against Child Labor (WDACL) in Daet, Camarines Norte, May 29-30,2018 to support advocacies on safety and health of young workers, and ultimately eliminate child labour in the region.

The said activity with the theme, “Ligtas sa Paggawa, Malusog na Batang Malaya (Generation Safe and Healthy)” was organized by the International Labour Organization (ILO) officials, BAN Toxics, other government partners, the Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD), DOLE V provincial, local and barangay government units.

It focuses on the need to end child labor and to improve the safety and health of young workers as part of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). This is an annual event to spread awareness about the negative impacts of child labor and how to address it by underscoring existing strategies and initiatives.

DOLE V Interventions

 “We unite in the common vision to transform the lives of these young workers by bravely attempting to address the issues we face on child labour such as improving the working conditions of small-scale miners particularly here in Camarines Norte, where a number of families and their young children dive for gold and risk their lives in order to meet their needs,” DOLE Bicol Regional Director Exequiel R. Sarcauga said.

Currently, DOLE Bicol projects to address the issues on child labour include DOLE Livelihood Assistance - CARING Gold Project, Project Angel Tree, KaSaMa Project, and Skills Training for the Employment of Children.

From 2016 to present, DOLE Bicol awarded a total of PhP21.77M worth of livelihood assistance to at least 1,245 displaced miner-beneficiaries of Labo, Jose Panganiban and Paracale in Camarines Norte under the CARING Gold Project, which calls for the reduction of child labor and improve working conditions in gold mining.

Skills training for the employment of children were also provided.  At least seven (7) children beneficiaries underwent training on housekeeping for the period of October 2016 – January 2017 under the scholarship program by TESDA.  They are currently working as housekeeping attendants in hotel establishments located in the Municipalities of Daet and Basud.

This year, for the 2nd implementation of this project, ten (10) beneficiaries underwent skills training on housekeeping provided by TESDA.

Further, DOLE Bicol provided school supplies and hygienic kits to 140 children in Jose Panganiban and 200 kid-beneficiaries in Labo in 2017 under Project Angel Tree.

This project is a component of the DOLE Child Labor Prevention and Elimination Program that provides an array of social services that range from food, clothing, educational assistance or school supplies, and even work and training opportunities made available by sponsors or benefactors (‘angels’) to child laborers and their families.

Moreover, DOLE Bicol awarded a total of PhP2.1M worth of livelihood projects to identified parents of child laborers in 2017 in Jose Panganiban under the KaSaMa Project. It aims to contribute to the prevention and elimination of child labor by providing families of child laborers access to decent livelihood opportunities for enhanced income.

 “At the end of the day, our campaigns will not matter if it will not bring forth concrete interventions that will directly benefit our community-based small-scale miners. I hope that we will not waver in our commitment to advocate against child labor, said Assistant Regional Director Rovelinda dela Rosa during her concluding message in the second day of the WDACL.

She added, “Nevertheless, let me congratulate the organizers for finding such a good set of activities to make everybody productive as we celebrate the World Day Against Child Labour with the theme, “Ligtas sa Paggawa, Malusog na Batang Malaya.”

Meanwhile, WDACL activities include Literary and Arts workshops, Family Development Session (FDS) and forum on the following topics: Occupational Safety and Health in Small Scale Mining, Child Labor Situationer, Formulation of Commitment.  A storybook will be produced from the literary and art workshops and will be distributed to the mining areas as part of the project’s advocacy materials.

The key guests and speakers were ILO Country Dir. Khalid Hassan, BAN Toxics Program Manager Sarah Marie Aviado, DSWD Social Technology Bureau Chief Marilyn Moral, DOLE Assistant Regional Director Rovelinda Dela Rosa, Jose Panganiban Mayor Ricarte Padilla, Labo Mayor Joseph Ascutia, Paracale Mayor Lourdes Briguerra and Gov. Jonah Pimentel. /jveg/

ISO PR Code:2018_gud_May_28_ DOLE Bicol joins World day Against Child Labor 


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