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DOLE Albay provides initial assistance to family of child laborer


Camalig, Albay - Child labor has always been deeply connected with poverty. At their tender age, child laborers are already performing physical work and spend long working hours— from sun-up to sundown— in the hope of helping their parents circumvent the economic difficulty.


While eliminating child labor is a challenging task, the Department of Labor and Employment (DOLE) has rolled out several programs to address this issue. By providing alternate source of income for the parents of child laborers, DOLE hopes that this will help keep the children from doing backbreaking work. This was the case of 11-year old Ana, who has since been involved in farming activities to help her parents.


Ana, however, considers farming as a form of hobby. According to her, she wants to pursue farming or agriculture when she grows up. Also, farming enables her to help out her parents earn additional income.


“Nagtatabang po ako ki papa mag arado. Wara pa man po ako klase ta naka quarantine pa,” she shares. Ana is the third among the eight (8) children of Mr and Mrs. Rommel Nopio of Sua, Camalig, Albay. The oldest is 15 years old while the youngest is 1 year old.


But given that DOLE classifies farming-related work as hazardous labor for children, Ana is profiled as a child laborer, and thus qualified to receive financial assistance. Her family is given immediate assistance which forms part in the efforts of DOLE, through its Albay Provincial Field, to intensify its campaign to curb the child labor in the region.


"We have to cut poverty and child labor chain. Otherwise, this social problem will never be solved, hence will yield the same effect in the future,” OIC, Albay Provincial Director Leah Dy stressed.


Ma Cecilia Mangampo, Child Labor Focal in DOLE Bicol said: “Together with our partner national government agencies, NGOs and LGUS, we’ve been reaching out to them by referring our profiled child laborers for appropriate interventions.”


Child labor is the employment of children in hazardous occupations below the age of eighteen (18), or without the proper conditions and requirements below the age of fifteen (15), where children are compelled to work on a regular basis to earn a living for themselves and their families, and as a result are disadvantaged educationally and socially./ISO PR Code:2020_gud_August_26_DOLE Albay provides initial assistance to family of child laborer 






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