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DOLE RIZAL GRANTS NEGOSYO KARTS TO 7 PARENTS, GUARDIANS OF CHILD LABORERS IN SAN MATEO

In line with the Celebration of National Children’s Month this November, let’s take a look on the story of hope as the parents of child laborers received livelihood aids, a support that could help them attain the needs of their children.

DOLE Rizal Provincial Office (DOLE Rizal) awarded Negosyo Karts to seven (7) parents/guardians of profiled child laborers on September 8.

As part of DOLE’s intervention to remove identified child laborers from child labor in the province of Rizal, livelihood assistance are granted to the parents of child laborers through the department’s DOLE Integrated Livelihood Program (DILP). This is to help the families of child laborers to secure a stable source of income.

The seven (7) livelihood beneficiaries came from Barangays Guitnang Bayan II and Sta. Ana. Each parent/guardian of child laborers received PhP 30,000-worth of raw materials, equipment, and moving stall for their street food business.

DOLE, as the lead agency of the National Council Against Child Labor (NCACL), has been firm in upholding the rights of the children. On its flagship program for children aimed towards removing them from child labor, the Child Labor Prevention and Elimination Program (CLPEP), the Department aims to increase the protection for working child and to remove children engaging in child labor especially in its worst forms.

Since 2018, DOLE has been conducting a nationwide child labor profiling activity to identify child laborers in each area, and assess both personal and needs of the child’s family. After assessing their needs, DOLE field and provincial offices will refer them to their respective local government units and other government agencies that could possibly help them to address their needs.

On her virtual message, San Mateo Municipal Mayor Cristina C. Diaz expressed her gratitude to the Department for their huge contribution in mitigating the child labor cases in their municipality. She also pledged to monitor the activities of the identified child laborers through their local departments and barangays.

“Napakalaking bagay po niyan [livelihood project], Ma’am Marivic, sa pamilya ng inyong mga napili na inyo pong na-detect po na child laborers dito po sa aming bayan. Rest assured po na nakatutok ang ating PESO [Public Employment Services Office] at MSWDO [Municipal Social Welfare and Development Office] kasama at kaisa ang lahat ng [mga] kapitan ng San Mateo ay ating tututukan pa rin ang ating mga kabataan,” Diaz said.

Under the Department of Interior and Local Government (DILG) Memorandum Circular No. 2019-73 the local government units are encouraged to assist DOLE Offices in implementing the child labor profiling activity.

During the awarding ceremony, Marivic B. Martinez, Provincial Director of DOLE Rizal reminded the beneficiaries on the supposed set-up of their children which should be in school studying and not engaging in child labor.

"Dapat wala na sila doon sa ginagawa nilang pagtatrabaho bagkus ay dapat po bumalik sila sa pag-aaral at maging normal na bata na naglalaro at nasa loob ng kanilang tahanan," Director Martinez reiterated.

Audie Limos, a former driver and a solo parent of two child laborers ages 9 and 7 from Guitnang Bayan II, couldn’t hold his emotions upon receiving his livelihood aid.

“Maraming-maraming salamat po sa ibinigay niya sa akin na panghanapbuhay. Ito po ay aking pangangalagaan (Nego-Kart) at hindi ko na sila, ang mga anak ko ay hindi ko na pagtatrabahuhin pa,” Limos expressed.

Limos also shared his sentiments to the parents who let their children engage in labor at the very young age.

“Sana po huwag niyo na lang silang pagtrabahuhin dahil mahirap po talaga na pagtrabahuhin ang mga bata. Nadanasan na rin po ng mga anak ko ‘yung hirap ng pagtratrabaho. Dapat po nasa paglalaro at sa pag-aaral nakatutok po sila hindi po sa trabahong kinamulatan nila. Puwede po nating ihinto na ‘yan hangga’t maaga po,” Limos added.

The Labor Provincial Department is continuously implementing the child labor profiling in the province. Currently, the profiling runs in Antipolo City, Cainta, San Mateo, and Rodriguez, Rizal.

by:

FLINT OSRIC T. GOROSPE
Community Facilitator

CHARMAINE D. BAISA
LEO III

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