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Recently, DOLE Rizal Provincial Office (DOLE Rizal) provides livelihood assistance to 10 parents/guardians of child laborers (CLs) from the Municipalities of San Mateo and Rodriguez.

The awarding of the livelihood assistance is in time of the 29th National Children's Month celebration this year. With its theme “New Normal na Walang Iwanan: Karapatan ng Bawat Bata Ating Tutukan!”, DOLE targets to give new hope to the identified child laborers by providing livelihood aid to their parents/guardians.


Under the Child Labor Prevention and Elimination Program (CLPEP), DOLE targets to identify and remove the children engaging in labor, especially in its worst forms. Currently, DOLE is implementing a child labor profiling activity which aims to collect the child laborer’s basic information, the specific tasks they do, and the time they render to their work. Further, the needs of the children, including their families, were assessed, and they will be referred to the concerned government agencies for the possible provision of assistance.

One of DOLE’s key interventions for this initiative is to provide the parents of child laborers with a secured source of income through the DOLE-Integrated Livelihood Program (DILP). They could use such assistance to provide for the needs of their families.

Based on the skillset of each parent, DOLE-Rizal granted a sari-sari store package, a welding starter kit, a sewing starter kit, and seven negosyo karts for the street food business.

In one of her conversations with the beneficiaries, DOLE Rizal Provincial Director Marivic B. Martinez appeals to them to nurture the livelihood assistance they received.

“’Yun lang po ang hiling ng ating gobyerno. Kung ano man po ‘yung nakuha nating assistance, pilitin po nating na mapalago,” Dir. Martinez said.


During the awarding ceremony, Mida Mabunga, a parent of child laborer from Brgy. San Isidro couldn’t control her emotion because she was overjoyed when received the assistance from DOLE.

In an interview with DOLE Rizal representative, Mida recalled all the hardships she faced, especially when her husband died due to an accident. Mida struggled to raise her kids for she experienced verbal and physical abuse from her previous employer.

This hardship continues when she finds a new partner. Whenever her new partner is drunk, Mida is constantly criticized, even her children, for being a burden in their household. There were times that they were forced to stay outside her partner’s house for hours because she couldn’t afford to contribute in paying their bills.


That is why Mida is very grateful to the Department for granting her a Negosyo Kart to start her own street food business.

“Masaya po ako [na] naging beneficiary po ako ng DOLE. Nagpapasalamat po ako sa DOLE dahil malaking tulong po ito sa mga anak ko,” Mida exclaimed.

Mida also admitted that her burden lightens after receiving livelihood assistance from the Department.

“Hindi na po [kami maghihirap]. Makakatulong po siya kahit pang-ano-ano (gastos) po. Kapag nakakaipon po ako, ibinibili namin ng ulam para walang masabi ‘yung kinakasama ko,” Mabunga added.

DOLE Rizal Provincial Director Marivic B. Martinez led the turnover of livelihood packages. CLPEP Focal Charmaine D. Baisa, Community Facilitator Flint Osric Gorospe, and DILP Focal Janine Rivera also assisted the Director in distributing assistance.

Hon. Karen Mae L. Hernandez, Brgy. Chairperson of San Isidro and PESO representatives of Rodriguez witnessed the said awarding ceremony.


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