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The Department of Labor and Employment Rizal Provincial Office (DOLE Rizal) Child Labor Protection and Elimination Program (CLPEP) unit takes necessary preparations for the implementation of Child Labor Profiling this year.

As the nation joins the entire world in the celebration of the International Year for the Elimination of Child Labor this year, DOLE Rizal aims to profile 2,902 children engaged in Child Labor in the Province. Aside from profiling, they will also be referred to the appropriate services offered by different government agencies based on their needs. The City of Antipolo and the Municipalities of San Mateo, Rodriguez, and Cainta are the target areas for the execution of the program.

As early as April, DOLE Rizal has started the screening and selection process of applicants for the Government Internship Program (GIP). Applicants will undergo two stages of interview to assess if their capabilities were fit for the program. Hired government interns will act as enumerators, validators, or encoders for the Child Labor Profiling this year.

DOLE Rizal ensures that the government interns are fully trained and equipped before they deploy them on their area of assignment. The said unit conducted several briefing sessions to arm the Government Interns with knowledge and techniques that they could apply for the efficient enactment of program.

On these sessions, the Community Facilitator tackled the laws and guidelines that determine if the child is engaged in child labor or not.

For Jeremy Nueva, newly hired government intern, the briefing sessions for the program helped her to see and understand the harsh realities that the children face as they engage in child labor.

“Para sakin, maganda na naging mulat kami sa nangyayari sa bansa lalo na sa mga batang nasa mahihirap na sektor. Nakakalungkot isipin na sa murang edad ay nagtatrabaho na ang mga bata para lang magkaroon sila ng pera na magagamit nila sa araw-araw. Aking napagtanto na ako’y maswerte dahil hindi ko ito naranasan sa murang edad pero nakakalungkot isipin na nangyayare ito sa reyalidad dahil sa hirap na ng buhay.”

As of now, 13 government interns are currently reporting in DOLE Rizal for the Child Labor Profiling.

Furthermore, DOLE Rizal recognizes the role of the Local Government Units (LGUs) in eliminating the existing “child labor system” in the country. Thus, last May 14, DOLE Rizal organized a coordination meeting with the Liga ng Barangay Presidents and SK Federation Presidents of Antipolo, San Mateo and Rodriguez.

On the said meeting, the technicalities of the laws and guidelines that could help them in assessing if a child could be considered as a child laborer or not were discussed.

DOLE Rizal Provincial Head Marivic Martinez said that the intervention of Barangay Councils and SK Councils could be a great help for the program, especially in determining areas with children engaging in labor.

On their part, the Liga ng Barangay Presidents and SK Federation Presidents pledged that they would help the government interns for the better implementation of Child Labor Profiling on their areas.

The Child Labor Profiling in Rizal started last May 17, covering the areas of Antipolo, San Mateo and Rodriguez. DOLE Rizal also aims to profile possible child laborers in Cainta, Rizal this June.


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