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FRESH START AND NEW HOPE FOR SEVEN PARENTS OF PROFILED CHILD LABORERS IN CAVITE

Seven (7) qualified parents of profiled child laborers were awarded livelihood assistance by the Department of Labor and Employment Cavite Provincial Office (DOLE CPO) on March 2, 2022, wherein grocery supplies and sacks of rice were distributed as a fresh start for their own sari-sari store and bigasan.

The awarding ceremony was held at the Dasmariñas City Hall Pavilion and was led by Engr. Joseph Gacosta, Officer in Charge (OIC) of DOLE CPO, City of Dasmariñas Mayor Jennifer Barzaga, and Public Employment Service Office (PESO) Manager Jesuzaine Partoza. Approximately 20,000-pesos worth of starter kits were given, which will enable families to have a new stream of means to help get by in their day-to-day lives.

 



According to the International Labor Organization, child labor is work that deprives children of their childhood, their potential, and their dignity. Under the Administrative Order No. 579 series of 2019, at present, our country has roughly 2.1 million child laborers based on the 2011 Survey on Children of the Philippine Statistics Authority (PSA). As child labor rises in the Philippines, DOLE tries to alleviate this perennial problem by providing livelihood assistance to the parents of child laborers. Since child labor is heavily connected to the family's economic status, a start-up package becomes one of the strategic response and government intervention to prevent children from augmenting the family's income.

Among the seven profiled children, three are still pursuing their education despite the hardship. The profiling and validation are continuously being conducted by DOLE in coordination with the Local Government Unit (LGU) of Cavite through their PESO to widen the project's reach.

During the ceremonial awarding, Mayor Bargaza thanked DOLE and other partner agencies for their initiative in showing support to hard-working youth. At a young age, some profiled child laborers had no choice but to give up their education to ensure their family's welfare. She also emphasized the importance of being responsible and reminded them that despite the trials in life, perseverance will prevail.

 

She added that livelihood assistance is only a stepping stone for marginalized families, in the hopes of transforming their situation for the better.

“ Sa mga magulang, pagka-ingatan po natin itong ibibigay na puhunan, pa umpisa sana po ito at maging dahilan para kahit papaano gumanda at umayos-ayos ang buhay.”

Mayor Bargaza also mentioned the importance of the parent's emotional availability so children can continuously be guided, cherished, and cared for. The presence of a parent is vital in a child's life as it will hone their character as they grow.

Meanwhile, DOLE-OIC Engr. Joseph Gacosta delivered his inspirational message and reminded the families that this assistance is a small amount but still benevolent.

“Itong tulong namin sa inyo, itong sinasabing panimula, start-up package maliit na salapi ito, pero malaking tulong ‘to para sa panimulang hanap-buhay ng mga magulang ng ating child laborers.”

 

He also shared that in his 23 years of service in DOLE, child labor is one of the programs closest to his heart; As a child, he experienced working while studying.

“Malapit kami sa palengke, tumatakas ako sa amin pag madaling araw para mag tulak ng kariton sa palengke kaya alam ko kung gaano kahirap. Nakakabili ako ng mga magagandang damit magagandang sapatos pero galing sa hirap.”

Instead of taking it as a step back, DOLE-OIC Gacosta took it as an empowering act; the capability to purchase your wants and needs is what motivated him to strive harder in life.
He congratulated the beneficiaries and their families and wished them well.

Also in attendance, DOLE officials Ma. Angelique E. Yaun, Ricky Martin Velasco (Senior Labor and Employment Officers) and Dianne G. Digma (Community Facilitator).

By:

Aleen Karrina Jardin
LEO III

Ma. Angelique E. Yaun
Senior LEO

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