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DOLE CAVITE HOLDS VARIOUS ACTIVITIES FOR WORLD DAY AGAINST CHILD LABOR

The Department of Labor and Employment (DOLE) CALABARZON through DOLE Cavite Provincial Office (CPO) recently conducted advocacy and awareness activities, particularly on Republic Act 9231 also known as the Special Protection of Children Against Child Abuse, Exploitation and Discrimination Act, in line with the celebration of the World Day Against Child Labor (WDACL) with the theme “Universal Social Protection to end Child Labour” and a local theme “Karapatan at Kalagayan ng Batang Manggagawa: Sagipin, Tugunan at Protektahan ng Bayan”.

Profiled child laborers from the city of Dasmariñas, together with their parents took part on the first wave of orientation and awareness activity conducted by the focal person, Ms. Angelique E. Yaun, Senior Labor and Employment Officer and community facilitator, Dianne G. Digma. Aside from the salient features of RA 9231, the beneficiaries were also oriented on how to avail livelihood assistance from DOLE.

The municipalities of Kawit and Noveleta also took part on the advocacy to end child labor. The Public Employment Service Office (PESO) Managers from the said local government unit took the lead to coordinate with and extend their assistance to DOLE CPO specifically in the conduct of the nationwide child labor profiling which aims to locate and identify possible child laborers in the province and to provide intervention for the profiled children and their families.

On 16 June 2022, DOLE CPO likewise conducted a webinar attended by various stakeholders from the private sector and local government units. The webinar focused on the child labor situationer and salient features of RA 9231 which was also presented and discussed by Ms. Yaun. The webinar also emphasized the difference between working child and child labor.

 



During the webinar, a recorded message from Undersecretary (USec) Atty. Ana C. Dione was played. In her message, USec Dione stressed the importance of livelihood projects to parents of child laborers to deter their children in engaging to child labor and to let them focus on education instead. She also acknowledged the continuous assistance that the DOLE receives from employers and worker sectors, non-government organizations, media and academe who dedicate not only their funds but also their time in the program to end child labor. She also hoped that everyone involved incessantly intensify DOLE’s campaign in aiming for a child labor-free Philippines, now that the country is slowly getting back to the pre-pandemic normal.

After the webinar, attendees from the private sector inquired and pledged to assist in the DOLE Child Labor Prevention and Elimination Program (CLPEP) and in joining the Project Angel Tree, a component of the CLPEP which provides an array of social services that range from food, clothing, educational assistance or school supplies, and even work and training opportunities made available by sponsors or benefactors (” angels”) from various sectors to child laborers and their families. It also aims to improve the economic and social conditions of child laborers and their families and increase the number of allies and advocates of child labor prevention and elimination.

By:

Joshua Noel C. Bassic
LEO III

Ma. Angelique E. Yaun
Senior LEO/Labor Information Officer

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2022-07-28
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