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The Department of Labor and Employment CALABARZON Rizal Provincial Office (DOLE-Rizal) ends its month-long activity for the celebration of World Day Against Child Labor in June through a different type of Project Angel Tree—a museum tour last June 28.

In collaboration with Bostik Philippines, Inc. (BOSTIK), DOLE-Rizal brings 15 identified child laborers from the province of Rizal to an exclusive tour in Museong Pambata.

In the activity entitled, “Lakbay-aral para sa Batang Malaya”, DOLE-Rizal and BOSTIK introduce the children to the cultural heritage of the country through exhibits and interactive activities covering Philippine History, arts and crafts, environmental preservation, common courtesy, religion, and literature.

Throughout the tour, staff of DOLE-Rizal and employees of BOSTIK got the chance to connect with the children. In one of the activities, the child laborers shared their life experiences, helping the group to further understand their plight.

This joint initiative of DOLE and BOSTIK gives a new look to Project Angel Tree as they provided a fieldtrip aside from usual gift giving activities.

Maynard Medina, Product Manager of BOSTIK, shared that he was happy to be given a chance to play with the children and to learn from them as well.

“Masaya. Marami kaming natutunan sa mga bata, although hindi namin sila tinanong ng napakaraming questions, natutuwa kami kasi nakalaro namin sila, napasaya namin sila,” Medina expressed.

Rizal Provincial Director Marivic B. Martinez shared that the partnership of DOLE-Rizal and BOSTIK for this activity is just the beginning of more collaborations in the future.

“This is only the start or the beginning of our partnership for these kids. I hope na mayroon pa po tayong tuloy-tuloy na gagawin para rito sa mga bata based on the assessment, based on the learnings that we got dito sa Museo Pambata,” Martinez said.

Aside from the museum tour, DOLE-Rizal also gave out hygiene kits and school supplies to the children. BOSTIK, on the other hand, gave out food packs and personalized gifts.


Making one’s dream come true

Tanya (not her real name), is a 13-year-old child laborer from Cainta, Rizal. To support her father’s medication as well as the needs of their family, she assists her mom in making round rugs so that they could increase their production per day. She also sells bundles of rugs around their barangay.

Being one of the child laborers who joined the fieldtrip, Tanya admitted that she was very excited for the Museum tour.

“Hindi nga po ako makatulog kahapon dahil inaantay ko nga po ito,” Tanya exclaimed.

She also extends her gratitude to the Department and BOSTIK for initiating this activity.

“Maraming salamat din po kasi po ngayon lang din po ako makakapunta sa ganito, makakapag-fieldtrip. Hindi po kasi [ako nakakasama] kasi po wala po kaming pera. Kahit gusto ko rin po hindi puwede,” Tanya said.

Tanya happily shared that she received an academic distinction, “With Honors” on her school recognition this year. She dreamed to be a policewoman for she wanted to fulfill the dream of her father for her and to serve the community.


At the end of the interview, Tanya shared a message of hope to the children like her who experienced hardships in life.

“Huwag sana silang panghinaan ng loob, magpursiging makapagtapos kahit na medyo hirap sa buhay. Lakasan mo lang talaga ang loob mo, magpursigi sa buhay para sa kinabukasan mo,” Tanya added.

A pledge of support to end child labor

Medallo Cenas, HR Consultant of BOSTIK, pledged the company’s support to the programs of the Department especially in eliminating the problem of child laborers.

“Tinitingnan namin sa anong pamamaraan kami makakatulong. Kasi ito ay magiging continuing program, meaning hindi lang magtatapos dito, I think by December, kung mayroon pa ulit panibagong programa, dudugtungan natin kung anong pwedeng maitulong natin sa mga bata na ito,” Cenas narrated.

BOSTIK, being under the management of Arkema Group, has been supportive in the initiatives promoting the elimination of forced labor and the abolition of child labor across the globe throughout the years.

Project Angel Tree is one of the program components of Child Labor Prevention and Elimination Program (CLPEP) wherein an array of social services that range from food, clothing, educational assistance, or school supplies, and even work and training opportunities are made available by sponsors or benefactors (known as ‘angels’) to child laborers and their families. It 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.


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