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The Department of Labor and Employment Rizal Provincial Office (DOLE RPO) awarded PhP 30,000-worth of sari-sari store packages to two parents of Child Laborers at last August 4.

Under DOLE’s Child Labor Prevention and Elimination Program (CLPEP), children who are engaging in labor were profiled and validated. Both their personal and needs of their families were also assessed. They were also referred to different government agencies that could help them attain their needs.

One of DOLE’s interventions is to provide livelihood assistance to the parents of profiled child laborers under DOLE Integrated Livelihood Program (DILP). This is to help the families of child laborers to have a stable source of income for them not to engage in child labor.

Rowena Marcelo, mother of a 7-year-old child laborer, recalled the times when her son collects scrap metals, wires, steels, and copper from the nearby dumpsite of construction wastes in their area. Earning PhP 120.00 to PhP.150.00, her son helped their family to avail themselves food.

Now that they have received livelihood assistance from DOLE, Marcelo reminded his son not to engage in collecting construction waste materials.

“Sinabi ko na po sa kanya na, katulad niyan, tinulungan tayo ng DOLE na magkaroon ng livelihood na tindahan, hindi ka na pwedeng mangalakal. Siyempre, araw-araw ay may kikitain na rin naman na pambili ng bigas at makakain namin, kaya talagang patitigilin na namin siya,” Marcelo said.

Before the awarding proper, Charmaine D. Baisa, CLPEP Focal reminded the parents to manage properly the livelihood aid that they will receive.

“So ito po pandagdag po ito para po sana po maging pantustos niyo po ito. Alam ko naman po na talagang kailangan na kailangan lalo na po ngayong pandemya, pero sana po ay maalagaan ang tindahan at hindi lang po siya parang pang-isahang buwan, dalawang buwan. Sana po ay mahalin din po natin ang business na ibibigay namin sa inyo,” Baisa reiterated.

On the other hand, Marcelo expressed her gratitude to the initiatives of DOLE Rizal Provincial Office.

“Maraming salamat po sa tulong na ipinaabot ninyo. Maraming salamat po sa pagtitiyaga sa amin, araw-araw na kahit umuulan, pinupuntahan kami para matulungan kami. Kaya maraming salamat po, malaking tulong po ito para sa amin,” Marcelo added.
Meanwhile, Elisa Sumalinog, mother of two child laborers ages 13 and 16 years old shared how she will manage the sari-sari store business granted to them.

“Siyempre kailangang higpit po. Kailangang walang utang ganoon po, kailangang [ma]higpit sa pamamalakad para mapaikot po ‘yung puhunan,” Sumalinog expressed.
DOLE Rizal’s DILP Focal Janine Rivera assisted the parents of child laborers in claiming their livelihood assistance.

DOLE Rizal continues the implementation of Child Labor Profiling in the province. Currently, the program has been implemented in Antipolo City, Cainta, San Mateo, and Rodriguez, Rizal.


Flint Osric T. Gorospe
Community Facilitator

Charmaine D. Baisa

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