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50 CHILD LABORERS RECEIVE SCHOOL SUPPLIES, FOOD PACKS THROUGH DOLE RIZAL’S PROJECT ANGEL TREE

Fifty identified child laborers from Brgy. San Isidro in Rodriguez receive school supplies, food packs, and gifts through DOLE Rizal Provincial Office’s (DOLE Rizal) Project Angel Tree last December 20.

Known as one of the projects under the Child Labor Prevention and Elimination Program (CLPEP), Project Angel Tree aims to provide a pool of social services from food, clothing, educational assistance, and even job/training opportunities made available by sponsors/benefactors (dubbed as ‘angels’) to the child laborers and their families.

Under Project Angel Tree, DOLE also targets to improve the economic and social conditions of child laborers and their families, increase the number of allies and advocates of the removal of children in labor, and uphold their rights as children of this society.

This year, DOLE Rizal selected 50 profiled child laborers from the Municipality of Rodriguez for this project. Most of the chosen children are identified as engaging in hazardous works such as garbage collection, junk collection, construction, peddling of products, sewing of rugs, and soil hauling.

 

Despite the repercussions of the COVID-19 pandemic, DOLE Rizal managed to partner with 12 “angels” from both public and private sectors this year. Office of Hon. Tom Hernandez, Office of Cong. Fidel Nograles, Office of Hon. Mayet Hernandez, Best Patrol Security and Investigation Agency, Monde M.Y. San Corporation, Megawide Construction Corporation, Tiesto Apparel Manufacturing, Inc., De Guia Enterprises, Inc., Mcdonald's (Golden Arches Development Corp.), Cathay Pacific Steel Corporation, B-MIRK Enterprises Corporation, and Rebolusyonaryong Alyansang Makabansa (RAM) Partylist donated monetary or in-kind goods in which the Department used for the project.

The child laborers, even their parents, were overjoyed upon receiving their respective gifts. Loud cheering and laughter echo through the gym as the mascot of Baby JJ from the famous kid show “Cocomelon” shows his groove.

“Jay-ar,” an 11-year-old scavenger, a peddler of viand and vaccine card covers, extended his gratitude to the Department and promised to nurture the gifts he received.

“Marami pong salamat po dahil napili po ako [sa programang ito]. Lahat po ng ito ay gagamitin ko at pangangalagaan ko,” Jay-ar said.

Meanwhile, DOLE Rizal Provincial Director Marivic B. Martinez remains hopeful that the project’s beneficiaries will no longer engage in child labor and will focus on enjoying their rights as children of this society.

“Sana mawala na po kayo doon sa mga gawi o doon sa mga pagtatrabaho dahil ang talagang bata ay nandoon sa eskuwelahan o kaya naglalaro at nasa loob ng tahanan,” Dir. Martinez exclaimed.

Rizal 2nd District Representative, Hon. Fidel Nograles, and San Isidro Brgy. Chairperson, Hon. Karen Mae L. Hernandez, two of this year’s “angels,” graced the event and assisted the representatives of the Department during the distribution of gifts to child laborers.

Project Angel Tree is one of the staple programs of the Department for the child laborers, especially during Christmas season. DOLE Rizal resumes the implementation this December 2021 after a year of hiatus due to a spike of COVID-19 cases in the province and strict quarantine measures last 2020.

Prepared by:


FLINT OSRIC T. GOROSPE
Community Facilitator


CHARMAINE D. BAISA
LEO III

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