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DOLE RIZAL DEVISES ALTERNATIVE WORKING ARRANGEMENTS FOR GIPs, ENHANCES CHILD LABOR PROGRAM IMPLEMENT

The Department of Labor and Employment Rizal Provincial Office (DOLE RPO) under its Child Labor Prevention and Elimination Program (CLPEP) conducted series of brainstorming sessions with the government interns under the Government Internship Program (GIP) for the enhancement of the implementation of child labor profiling in the province last August.

DOLE RPO devised an Alternative Working Arrangement (AWA) to maximize the stay of the Government Interns in the program since the execution of CLP was partially halted due to quarantine restrictions.

 

On August 3, Bureau of Workers with Special Concerns (BWSC) Director Atty. Ma. Karenina P. Trayvilla, issued a memorandum prohibiting the conduct of child labor profiling in the areas under Enhanced Community Quarantine (ECQ) and Modified Enhanced Community Quarantine (MECQ).

Since August 6, the Province of Rizal is under MECQ due to the rapid increase in number of COVID-19 cases in the community. But DOLE RPO took this restriction as an opportunity to re-equip its government interns under CLPEP.

Marivic B. Martinez, Director of DOLE RPO, highlighted in one of the meetings with GIPs the importance of being compassionate to every child that they would interview. She also mentioned that through this, the children they are interviewing would be more at ease since they already build the rapport, and they could easily get the information they needed for the profile.

 

Community Facilitator Flint Osric Gorospe facilitated the brainstorming sessions with the Government Interns. In one of the sessions, the Government Interns shared the problems they encountered during their fieldwork. One of the identified challenges that profilers encountered was area accessibility. Aubrey Galit, a Government Intern designated in Antipolo City, looked back on the struggles she faced during her fieldwork.

“Nagiging problem po namin minsan, kapag ‘yung lugar sobrang taas. Kasi ‘yung karamihan ng naiinterview namin, malapit talaga sa bundok o sa bundok talaga nakatira. Kapag sumasabay ang ulan, mahirap umakyat, ‘yung bata mahirap ma-interview,” Galit said.

Rosalyn Carampil, a Government Intern assigned in San Mateo, also pointed out during the session that there were times that they experience being catcalled.

“Kahit mayroon na ngang kasamang barangay official, hindi pa rin talaga maiwasan na mayroon at mayroon pa ring… lalo na sa mga babae na… ‘yung nababastos pa rin,” Carampil expressed.

To help the GIPs, DOLE IV-A issued raincoats, rubber boots, and umbrellas to GIPs. These items would give them protection on rainy days when penetrating mountainous and slippery areas. The GIPs also received uniforms with the official logo of DOLE for them to be easily recognized, and to prevent cases like what Carampil mentioned.

In addition to such intervention, Gorospe also stressed out the importance of constant coordination with the local government units.

“At the end of the day, kung kaya nga talaga, [dapat] may makakasama tayong awtoridad, para guided tayo, mapoproteksyunan din tayo. Ngayon kung hindi talaga mapilit, doble ingat na lang din tayo sa mga area na pinapasok natin or hanap tayo ng alternative na in power or in authority na makakasama natin,” Gorospe reiterated.

Aside from the brainstorming sessions, the government interns also submitted the accomplished profiling tools.

DOLE RPO will always uphold its commitment in removing children engaging in child labor despite the current global pandemic. Currently, the Labor Provincial Department implements its child labor profiling activity for this year in the areas of Antipolo, Cainta, San Mateo, and Montalban. Further, livelihood grants worth PhP 30,000, seminar on RA 9231, and distribution of prepaid home WiFi and health kits to parents of child laborers were some of the Department’s interventions.

by:

Flint Osric Gorospe
Community Facilitator


Charmaine D. Baisa
LEO III

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