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Child laborers’ parents and Taytay’s seamstresses receive livelihood grants from DOLE-Rizal

 

 

Pangangalakal ng basura, paglalako ng lutong bopis, pandesal at doormat, pananahi at paghahakot ng semento—these are the various risky works performed by the children of Rizal which they see as a mean for their families’ survival and not as prohibited activities.

With the government’s goal to remove one million children who are engaging in child labor, the Department of Labor and Employment, being the lead agency in this commitment, had assessed the needs of these young workers and their families and granted livelihood assistance in the form of patahian and burger stall packages to the seven parents of identified child laborers, namely on November and December 2019.

“Unang-una, maraming salamat kasi hindi lahat ay nabibigyan ng pagkakataon para magkaraon ng ganito. Hindi ganoon kadali ang mag-provide ng pansariling puhunan. No’ng una hindi ako naniniwala, akala ko joke joke lang ‘yung sa DOLE pero sobrang totoong-totoo pala na meron silang programa na ibinibigay at ipinagkakaloob para dagdag kita sa mga pamilya na nangangailangan! Maipapangako ko po na sa pagsisimula naming ito, by God’s grace at sa tulong ni Lord ay mapalago namin ito. Maraming salamat po!”

These were the few lines that came from Marie Baldovia, Susie Tabor, Margie Sta. Romana, Rosali Pontino, Eva Porras, Amilyn Rabino and Ligaya Vigilla who are the parents of the child laborers in the barangays of Rizal.

Along with this is the coordination of the Department to the Municipal Government of Taytay, Rizal through its Public Employment Service Office (PESO) to grant Taytay’s 135 seamstresses a fund assistance amounting to Php 1,800,000.00 through DOLE Integrated Livelihood Project (DILP) entitled “Strengtening the Capabilities of the Informal Sector thru the Sustainable Livelihood Projects.”

The Municipality of Taytay is known as the garments capital of the Philippines. However, even with the booming scale of businesses on garments, the municipality still acknowledges the need for further assistance of the informal sectors and like to extend livelihood assistance to the different groups and workers’ organizations to promote inclusive growth and poverty reduction.

“Masayang-masaya kaming lahat no’ng nalaman namin na magkakatotoo na ang aming request at bilang lider po ay ipinapangako ko na ‘yung ibinigay ng DOLE na puhunan pangkabuhayan na sewing machine na makakatulong sa aming pamilya ay pangangalagaan naming mga kababaihan at imo-monitor ko sila lagi. Maraming salamat po sa DOLE!” Leader of Team Kababaihan expressed.


BY:

MA. ISABEL C. MAGSINO
Community Facilitator

CHARMAINE D. BAISA
Labor and Employment Officer III

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2020-02-10
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