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“When I was a boy, I would do housekeeping for our elderly neighbor to augment my allowance. I even asked a friend for a share in the tasks, as well as, the income.” This statement did not come from any of the Project Angel Tree beneficiaries but from one of the business executives from a sponsor company who also happens to be a real-life angel. It has inspired the audience especially the children to embrace diligence while growing up to be able to achieve their dreams.

Mr. Aldrin M. Angeles, 1st AVP and Head of Zenith Foods Corporation, relayed his personal story as he welcomed the Laguna Labor Management Council, Inc. with sponsor companies and children beneficiaries accommodating 180 participants for the Project Angel Tree on 18 December 2019. He also brought along with him the star of Jollitown, Jollibee for a little surprise, plus free jolly spaghetti and chicken joy for all. Delegates also got an exclusive window tour to get a glimpse of how these food products are manufactured.

There was more in store for 100 children vulnerable to child labor with 30 participating companies gathered by the Laguna Labor Management Council, Inc. (LLMCi) with Vice-Chair for Management, Mr. John Joseph B. Cano of Asurion Techlog Center Philippines and Vice-Chair for Labor, Mr. Neil T. Natividad of Toyota Motor Philippines Corporation.

Every December, the LLMCi would accommodate pledges to gather giveaways from member companies for distribution to profiled beneficiaries for the Project Angel Tree. Representatives from sponsor companies would line up to hand over gifts to 100 kids who were able to stuff their sacks with Noche Buena packages, sweet treats, and hygiene kits. As part of their Corporate Social Responsibility program, these companies regularly extend a helping hand to the less fortunate.

Among the regular sponsors is the Enchanted Kingdom where children-beneficiaries were given the free magical EKsperience by no less than the EK patriarch, Mr. Mario O. Mamon. The kids not only got free entertainment passes but also free access to all rides at the theme park following a short photo opportunity with Eldar the Wizard. That includes the EK Agila Journey where the audience is taken to popular tourist spots all over the Philippines.

LLMCi Chairperson and DOLE Laguna Provincial Director Guido R. Recio was elated by the outpour of support to the Project Angel Tree every year for the benefit of children at risk of child labor. The Council has been carrying out these gift-giving activities for almost a decade in support of ILO’s Four Pillars of Decent Work Agenda particularly on Social Protection. Given its growing membership, it has expanded its base to promote its many programs and activities on rights at work, employment generation and enterprise creation, and social dialogue.

In the end, there is hope that these kids would someday look back and pay forward the good fortune life has rewarded them. They could also be real-life angels tirelessly spreading acts of kindness. It is not too bad to pay it forward from one generation to the next. This is the reason why DOLE Laguna is in constant search of angels.



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