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Recently, the Department of Labor and Employment Rizal Provincial Office (DOLE Rizal) celebrates 2021 World Day Against Child Labor in San Mateo National High School, San Mateo, Rizal, carrying out its pledge to withdraw children engaging in child labor.

DOLE Rizal's Child Labor Prevention and Elimination Program (CLPEP) Unit has been profiling child laborers since May this year. San Mateo, Rodriguez, and Antipolo City are the areas of implementation of the child labor profiling program which aims to identify and profile child laborers then assess the needs of the children and provide possible interventions to them and their families.

Acknowledging the children’s call for educational support, DOLE Rizal awarded 20 units of portable Home Prepaid WIFI to the parents and/or guardians of child laborers in the province. They were also given hygiene kits which include face masks, face shields, and alcohol for their sanitation needs.

DOLE Rizal Provincial Head Marivic Martinez recognized the children’s rising number of tasks in school now that they are in distance learning. Having a stable internet connection would ease the burden that students have been carrying since the pandemic started.

“Ito pong portable WIFI ay, of course, magagamit ng mga bata sa kanilang edukasyon. So alam naman po natin na sa kanilang pag-aaral ay kailangan nilang mag-research, kailangan po nilang mag-review. ito po ay napakalaking tulong sa ating mga estudyanteng nasa distance learning,” Martinez pointed out.

Gloria Santos, one of the recipients of portable home prepaid WIFI extends her gratitude to DOLE for their support of their children's education.

“Nagpapasalamat po ako sa DOLE. Makakatulong po ito kasi nag-oonline class po ‘yung mga anak ko,” Santos exclaimed.

Changed Lives

DOLE Rizal also awarded livelihood assistance to 11 parents or guardians of profiled child laborers in San Mateo and Rodriguez.

These parents and guardians were thoroughly assessed and validated to ensure their capacity to sustain the livelihood that they had requested.

Some of them will receive NegoKarts or Negosyo Karts for their street food business, while the others will receive sari-sari store packages worth PhP 30,000 each.

Gina Sumalinog, mother of two profiled child laborers in Brgy. Sta. Ana, San Mateo, Rizal, cannot help not to visualize the change that will happen in their lives—the moment they receive their livelihood assistance from DOLE.

“Malaking tulong po, maraming-maraming salamat sa DOLE po. [May] Dagdag puhunan sir, pampaninda po, ‘yung mga biscuit at gulay. [May]Pampapagawa rin po ng bahay namin at para rin po sa pang-school ng mga anak ko,” Sumalinog said.

Labor Secretary Silvestre “Bebot” Bello III along with San Mateo Mayor Cristina Diaz, DOLE CALABARZON Regional Director Exequiel Ronie A. Guzman, DOLE CALABARZON OIC-Assistant Regional Director Atty. Nepomuceno A. Leaño II and DOLE Rizal Provincial Head Marivic Martinez distributed the WIFI units, hygiene kits, and livelihood assistance certificates to the parents and guardians of profiled child laborers in the province.


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On the same day, parents or guardians of child laborers participated in an awareness campaign conducted by the CLPEP Unit of DOLE Rizal. During the seminar, the Community Facilitator discussed the facets of Republic Act 9231 also known as “An Act Providing for The Elimination of The Worst Forms of Child Labor And Affording Stronger Protection For The Working Child, Amending For This Purpose Republic Act No. 7610, As Amended, Otherwise Known as the "Special Protection Of Children Against Child Abuse, Exploitation And Discrimination Act.” He also pointed out the role of the parents in mitigating the prevailing child labor system in the community.

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