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Family welfare fun run VS child labor draws 300 runners

 

Cagayan de Oro City, 28 May 2019 – It is always rewarding when you do something great for yourself while doing something good for others. Fun run is the perfect way to merge passions. For runners looking for a way to make a difference in their localities and for people, Family Welfare Program (FWP) 1st Fun Run Against Child Labor (CL) is an answer that raises funds for some 3,000 profiled working children in Bukidnon in 2018.

 

The Bukidnon Federation of Family Welfare Committees (BFFWC) and Department of Labor and Employment-Bukidnon (DOLE) held the said event on 19 May 2019 that started and finished at the provincial capitol in Malaybalay City.

 

Some 300 runners from the member committees, cooperatives, private companies, communities, and government agencies participated the 3K, 5K, and 10K categories and sprinted to finish their chosen race.

 

Special awards were given to institutions with the most number of runners. Dole Philippines snatched the biggest delegates followed by the members of the Philippine National Police (PNP).

 

"Every child deserves a childhood, and let us end the worst forms of child labor now.” said BFFWC chairperson Urchielyn C. Basalio of Del Monte Philippines, Inc. who also sits as the regional chairperson for the Northern Mindanao Federation of Family Welfare Committees.

 

“Let us protect the children not to be engaged in hazardous works that directly endanger their health, safety and moral development. Because every child deserves a happy home and bright future.” Basalio added.

 

Elden Guitgano, 23, a PNP member who joined the run with her workmates said, “I ran not because I am required but I have a purpose. Every step has a value, and my small donation is a way of reaching out to parents who have CLs in the family.”

 

Another participant, Alvin U. Dumduma of ChildFund Phils., said that he wanted to be a solution of CL problems.

 

“I brought my friends because I feel I could help. Of course, they (friends) want to help me as well, knowing that child exploitation cases in the agriculture industry are alarming not just in the Philippines but for the whole world.” he said.

 

DOLE-Bukidnon Provincial Head Raul L. Valmores commended BFFWC officers emphasizing Republic Act No. 9231 or the “Act providing for the elimination of the worst forms of child labor and affording stronger protection for the working child”.

 

Further, Valmores acknowledged the 26 year-old regional FWP federation and acknowledged its effective functions in the context of collective leadership and corporate social responsibility that address concerns at the community like CL.

 

The proceeds will be for the purchase of school supplies for identified CLs in the province through DOLE’s Project Angel Tree aiming to improve the economic and social conditions of CLs and their families as well as increase the number of allies and advocates of CL prevention and elimination.

 

End/Glenford C. Labial/DOLE-X

 

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“Lakang. Tikang. Dagan.” Some of the runners await for the gun start during the Family Welfare Program (FWP) 1st Fun Run Against Child Labor. (Photo source: Urchielyn C. Basalio thru FB account)

 

Members of the PNP finished the 5K challenge to help eliminate child labor problem in Bukidnon. (Photo source: Urchielyn C. Basalio thru FB account)

 

No turning back. Family welfare fun runners rushed and never wasted time as they sprinted their chosen categories, expressing help to the child laborers in Bukidnon. (Photo source: Urchielyn C. Basalio thru FB account)

 

DOLE-Bukidnon Provincial Head emphasized Republic Act No. 9231 or the “Act providing for the elimination of the worst forms of child labor and affording stronger protection for the working child”. (Photo source: Urchielyn C. Basalio thru FB account)

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2019-05-28
JOFFREY M. SUYAO




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