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DOLE RIZAL JOINS WORLD DAY AGAINST CHILD LABOR 2022 CELEBRATION, AWARDS LIVELIHOOD ASSISTANCE

DOLE Rizal Provincial Office intensifies its campaign to eliminate child labor in the province with a series of seminars on child labor laws held recently.

Participants of the activity were informal sector workers and barangay staff from Guitnang Bayan II (GB II) in San Mateo and Brgy. San Isidro in Montalban, Rizal. The seminar aims to inform them about the provisions of the law upholding the rights of working children and protecting them from child labor. DOLE recognizes every citizen’s role in reducing and totally eliminating the child labor cases in the community.

Furthermore, 14 parents of identified child laborers in the municipalities of San Mateo, Montalban, and Cainta also received livelihood starter packages from the Department. The said livelihood starter kits can help their families as a source of income and remove their children from engaging in labor.

The provision of livelihood assistance is under DOLE’s Integrated Livelihood Program (DILP), one of the interventions that the Department offers to the families of child laborers.

 



Based on the skillset that they possess, DOLE-Rizal turned-over 10 sewing-starter kits, two baking and pastry packages, one electronic repair equipment, and one welding equipment to parents of identified child laborers.

Rizal Provincial Director Marivic B. Martinez airs her request to the recipients of the livelihood aid—that they should ensure that their businesses will be developed and sustained.

“Napakasuwerte po ninyo na kayo po ay makakatanggap ng ganitong biyaya, ng garments start-up business. Ang hiling lang po namin is pagyamanin, paunlarin, i-sustain at sikapin na ‘yung kikitain diyan, ay talagang mag-bebenefit doon sa pamilya niyo, down doon sa bata na na-profile namin na at their early age ay nagtatrabaho,” Director Martinez said.

Some parents of child laborers could not contain their emotions after receiving the livelihood starter equipment.

Raquela Batayola, a seamstress from Montalban, expressed her gratitude to the Department for granting her request.

“Nagpapasalamat po ako na nagkaroon ako ng ganitong makina… na pinangarap ko noong magkaroon ng juki na makina. Kaya nag-thank you talaga ako kay Lord tsaka sa inyo (DOLE) dahil kayo ang ginamit ng Panginoon para sa pinapangarap ko,” Batayola exclaimed.

She also pledged to support her fellow seamstress by sharing her knowledge in sewing to them for free.

“Sabi ko nga kina ate kung gusto nilang magpaturo sa akin, tuturuan ko silang manahi. Para rin po maibalik ko rin kung anong kabutihan ‘yung ginawa sa akin, maibalik ko rin po sa iba. Kasi sabi nila gusto rin nilang mag-pattern making ‘di daw nila alam. Kaya sabi ko, alam ko kaya kung gusto niyo magpaturo na lang kayo sa akin, walang bayad,” Batayola added.

Batayola’s daughter is one of the profiled child laborers of DOLE-Rizal in the municipality of Montalban. To increase their production of garments, Batayola’s daughter used to assist her in trimming excess cloth and thread.

Barangay officials from GB II, San Mateo and San Isidro in Montalban also witnessed the said event.


by:

FLINT OSRIC T. GOROSPE
Community Pacilitator

CHARMAINE D. BAISA
LEO III

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2022-08-30
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