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IN #WDACL2021 CELEBRATION, DOLE QUEZON VOWS TO CONTINUE FIGHT AGAINST CHILD LABOR

In observance of World Day Against Child Labor 2021 (#WDACL2021), the Department of Labor and Employment Quezon Provincial Office (DOLE QPO) vowed to continue their efforts towards eliminating child labor in the province.

“In spite of the significant achievement that we attained in curbing the number of child laborers in the province, we will not stop in working to make Quezon a child-labor free province and provide livelihood opportunities to parents whose children are at risk of being child laborers especially during the COVID-19 pandemic that we are currently experiencing,” DOLE QPO Provincial Head Edwin T. Hernandez said.

He mentioned that the unprecedented economic impact of this pandemic together with no face-to-face classroom set-up, is pushing children in resorting to dangerous child labor.

“At present, many children feel they need to work to help their families survive the COVID-19 pandemic. In DOLE, we are aware of these occurrences and we know that our programs and services are vital in this time of crisis. We are here to provide assistance to those who are most vulnerable,” he added.

With this year’s theme, "Act Now: End Child Labour,” the celebration in Quezon was held on June 29, 2021 at the Covered Court of the Municipal Building of Tagkawayan. It was graced by Mayor Luis Oscar T. Eleazar, Vice Mayor Danny Liwanag, PESO Manager Sarina Añonuevo and personnel from the Municipal Social Welfare and Development Office.

As part of the DOLE QPO’s initiatives, fifty (50) parents of child laborers were provided with livelihood assistance worth P1,859,221.00 under the DOLE Kabuhayan Program.

The LGU of Tagkawayan identified the 50 priority families of child laborers who requested for a small business of their own or additional capital for their existing livelihood.

According to Mayor Eleazar this livelihood assistance will help the families economically in order to minimize if not eradicate the prevalence of child labor not only in their municipality but in the country as a whole.

The beneficiaries coming from Barangays Aldavoc, Aliji, Colong-Colong, Katimo, Kinatakutan, Magsaysay, Maguibuay, Mansilay, Munting Parang, Poblacion, Rizal, Sta. Cecilia, Seguiwan and Tabason will soon engage in businesses like sari-sari store, kakanin making, fishing, carinderia, bigasan, bakeshop, among others.

“We will help the beneficiaries to make their livelihoods flourish and reach financial stability because if they will become self-sufficient, their children will be able to continue with their studies and will no longer engage with any forms of child labor,” Mayor Eleazar said.

 



Another highlight of the celebration was the signing of the Declaration of Support to the Campaign to End All Forms of Child Labor in the Municipality of Tagkawayan. The signing underscores the stakeholders’ commitments to take immediate and effective measures to eradicate all forms of child labor and secure the prohibition and elimination of the worst forms of child labor in the municipality.

The declaration also reaffirms the signatories' commitment to intensify their efforts so that no child will be subjected to child labor or exploitation and a place where decent work for all will be achieved.

It also aims to promote the engagement of all sectors of society in creating an enabling environment to prevent and eliminate child labor as well as promoting social dialogue and concerted action between the public and private sectors to eradicate child labor.

A payout for the Tulong Panghanapbuhay sa Ating Disadvantaged/Displaced Workers (TUPAD) program was also held at the same event where some 334 beneficiaries received their salary for their emergency employment for 10 days.

Mayor Eleazar expressed his high appreciation and gratitude to DOLE QPO. “We cannot quantify our gratitude and elation to DOLE Quezon for bringing their programs and services to Tagkawayan. The pandemic has greatly affected the livelihood of some of the families in our municipality and your assistance is like heaven-sent to them as it will help them survive this crisis,” he said.

By:


FRANZ RAYMOND J. AQUINO
Senior Labor and Employment Officer
Regional Labor Information Officer

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