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DOLE BATANGAS CELEBRATES WORLD DAY AGAINST CHILD LABOR IN BATANGAS CITY

In celebration of the World Day against Child Labor, DOLE Batangas Provincial Office (DOLE BPO) organized a gift-giving activity at the Mabini Plaza, Batangas City, Batangas on June 23, 2021.

40 parents of child laborers from 5 barangays in Batangas City received an emergency bag with supplies from DOLE BPO. In addition to that, several companies extended their support by giving goods to these families: AvancePilipinas, Inc. gave a bag of groceries, Republic Cement contributed 5 kilos of rice and AG & P donated canned goods for each beneficiary.

The said activity was made possible through the help of the local government of Batangas City. DOLE BPO coordinated with the city’s Public Employment Services Office (PESO) and City Social Welfare and Development Office (CSWDO). They have assisted in locating the beneficiaries in barangays Malitam, Cuta, Wawa, Sta. Clara and Poblacion who were previously profiled under the Child Labor Profiling Program by the DOLE BPO in 2019.

DOLE BPO Provincial Director Predelma M. Tan, reiterated that the event was meant to remind everyone about the department’s advocacy to end child labor. She also stressed the impact of the hazardous child labor in families.

“Ang mga bata, dapat nag-aaral, naglalaro at nagsasaya kasama ng kanilang mga pamilya lalo’t higit sa panahong ito”, she said.

Meanwhile, Mr. Noel Silang, Batangas City’s PESO Manager, shared the good news that the Batangas City will allocate 1% of the city’s budget for the protection and welfare of children. He said that current city mayor, Hon. Beverley Rose Dimacuha, expresses her serious concern about these children, hence the budget allotment for this sector in 2022.

The event was also attended by Ms. Hyasmin Candava and Ms. Loida Sanmocte of CSWDO; and Ms. Jesusa Quite of AvancePilipinas, Inc. Also present were the DOLE-BPO’s anti-child labor team: Ms. Jonalyn Ramilo, Mr. Darius Allan Lubis, Ms. Kathleen Mendoza, together with labor inspectors, Ms. Mirasol Celemin and Ms. Roma Rori Mae Magtaas.

This year’s WDACL theme is “Makibahagi, Makialam, at Magkaisa Para sa #BatangMalaya”.


by:

JONALYN RAMILO

DOLE BPO Labor Information Officer

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