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DOLE CALABARZON’S PROJECT ANGEL TREE: A HAPPY MIX OF DREAMS, GOODIES, AND KIND HEARTS IN LAGUNA

Close chums Jay and Nerwin were in for a great surprise. Accustomed to the hardships of helping out their parents by bringing food to the table, they felt carefree and happy as children could be while sitting side by side at a table in the People’s Center, Biñan, Laguna on 24 June 2022. They just can’t take their eyes off the goodies lined up for them.

“This is what the Project Angel Tree is all about!” Senior Labor and Employment Officer and Anti-Child Labor Unit Focal, Mr. Raymond R. Ramos of DOLE Laguna exclaimed to himself as he saw the happy and excited faces of almost 100 children gathered in the hall. Together with the Laguna Labor Management Council, Inc., the Office was able to distribute bags, school supplies, food rations, and hygiene kits from kind-hearted donors. Thanks to more than 30 donor companies who would regularly share their blessings with these less fortunate children.

This year’s observance of the World Day Against Child Labor revolves around the theme, “Karapatan at Kalagayan ng Batang Manggagawa: Sagipin, Tugunan, at Protektahan ng Bayan. The silence in the venue was disturbed by the arrival of staff and donors bringing bags and cartons of gifts for the children early in the morning. All of a sudden, the place was filled with shouts of excited children being gathered at round tables. It was time for the Project Angel Tree.

According to DOLE Laguna Provincial Director Guido R. Recio, Project Angel Tree aims to steer away children engaged or exposed to child labor by providing them with school supplies, scholarships, and livelihood programs for their parents. The project has already reached 400 children at risk of child labor. These beneficiaries have been profiled under the Child Labor Prevention and Elimination Program.

 



In his message, Regional Director Exequiel Ronie A. Guzman reminded the parents to take good care of the children. They should not hesitate to seek government assistance for the sake of their children. Assistance is provided under the DOLE Integrated Livelihood Program through the grant of raw materials for the chosen project.

Aside from goodies, Biñan City Mayor, Hon. Atty. Walfredo Dimaguila delivered a surprise. He announced that the local government has enacted an Ordinance for Child Labor Free Barangays. The mechanics were explained by PESO Officer Romualdo Garcia.

The parents were grateful for the Project Angel Tree. One of them is Tatay Lando of Barangay Halang, Calamba City, Laguna. He is a vendor of cassava chips. His leg was amputated after falling from the rooftop of a house. What added to his misery is that his wife left him. His meager income of P300 daily has been his source of living to provide for the needs of his four children. Good thing the solo parent received a livelihood grant, the sari-sari store package he brought home, which is intended to benefit his family.

For chums Jay and Nerwin, the activity was heavily laden, not with the burden of work, but this time with a happy mix of dreams, goodies, and kind hearts.


by:

RUDYBOY R. SINAY
Senior LEO

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2022-08-02
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