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Two parents of child laborers received P30,000-worth of Negosyo Karts from the Department of Labor and Employment Rizal Provincial Office (DOLE Rizal) at San Isidro Covered Court last August 31.

DOLE has been firm to its commitment in upholding the rights of the children in the country. Through its Child Labor Prevention and Elimination Program (CLPEP), the Department aims to remove children who are engaging in any forms of child labor. DOLE conducts child labor profiling since 2018 wherein both the identified child laborer and his or her family’s needs were assessed. After the needs assessment, they were referred to either local government units or other government agencies that could help them attain the needs identified.

One of the interventions of the Department is the provision of livelihood aid to the parent or guardian of the profiled child laborers through DOLE Integrated Livelihood Program (DILP). This intervention aims to provide a stable source of income, secure the needs of the child laborer’s family so that the child would no longer engage in child labor and any of its forms.

Hannah Mae Escober, a 28-year-old parent and guardian of three child laborers from Brgy. Burgos, could not help not to be emotional as soon as she received the Negosyo Kart from DOLE-Rizal’s representative.

“Nagpasalamat ng sobra po kasi, naiiyak nga ako kanina, noong nakita ko ‘yung ganyan na food cart. Kasi hindi ko inexpect na kung saan kailangang-kailangan na namin atsaka [ito] darating,” Escober expressed.

Hannah’s nieces worked as vegetable vendors to sustain their personal needs since both of their parents were convicted. Her daughter served as her assistant in selling chilly oils in the market.
Hannah pledged to the Department that she will no longer let her daughter and her nieces to engage in labor for she will work hard to provide the needs of their family through the Negosyo Kart she received.

“Sila, hindi na magtatrabaho para makatulong pa sa akin. Kasi magsisikap na ako na para mayroon din akong kita, para maanuhan [ma-enjoy] nila ‘yung pagkabata nila,” Escober added.
Marivic B. Martinez, Director of DOLE-Rizal, urged the parents and guardians of the child laborers to remove their child in child labor.

“Ang hiling ng DOLE, alisin natin ang mga bata sa pangangalakal o sa anumang uri ng trabaho at ibalik natin ang normal na dapat nilang gawin,” Martinez reiterated.

Charito Abong, a mother of a child laborer from Brgy. San Isidro, shared her plans on the revenues she will get upon selling the products from the Negosyo Kart.

“Iipon ko po. Gusto ko po sana’y kahit ano po, mapagtapos ko po ‘yung mga anak ko, maitaguyod ko po kahit papaano. Kasi wala nga po akong pinag-aralan,” Abong said.

DOLE Rizal’s Livelihood Focal Janine Rivera and Community Facilitator Flint Osric Gorospe assisted in the distribution of livelihood assistance.

In line with the Modified Enhanced Community Quarantine imposed by the national government, the implementation of child labor profiling in the province of Rizal is temporarily halted.


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