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100 parents of child laborers in Bukidnon receive PhP1.5M livelihood grants

 

Malaybalay City, Bukidnon – The Department of Labor and Employment (DOLE-X) thru its Bukidnon Provincial Field Office (Buk PFO) will release PhP1.5M individual livelihood starter kit projects to 100 parents of child laborers in the different towns of this province.

 

DOLE-X Buk PFO Chief Raul L. Valmores said one of the extension services of the Department thru its Child Labor Prevention and Elimination Program (CLPEP) is the provision of starter kits for projects to parents of child laborers under the DOLE Integrated Livelihood Program (DILP).

 

CLPEP is the agency’s strategy to remove children from child labor. It provides the necessary steps like profiling of child laborers and referral for the provision of appropriate services to ensure that children are withdrawn from hazardous work.

 

Chief Valmores said, “DOLE has always been in the forefront of the government’s anti-child labor efforts across the country. The individual starter kit projects will give the beneficiaries the opportunity to increase their income and provide for the basic needs of their respective families, and more importantly, will open the way of removing their children from hazardous work and put them back to school.”

 

Johnary P. Billones, a farmer and carpenter from Malaybalay City, expressed his joy for being one of the 100 would-be recipients of the DOLE livelihood grant.

 

Nalipay kaayo ko. Pasalamat ko sa DOLE sa kini nga programa sa gobyerno na makatabang sa indigents na susama nako. Makatabang jud ni sa pagpa-eskwela sa akong anak.” (I’m so happy. I thank DOLE for this government program that helps indigents like me. This will really help send my child to school.)

 

Billones said that it was not his intention to let his 10 year-old daughter work in the city public market of Malaybalay; however, because of the nature of his work which requires him to stay out of the house most of the time, he was not able to monitor his children, being a single father.

 

Through the provision of an additional livelihood, Billones said this will increase the chance of her daughter to be in school, and eventually, get a degree in the future, as this is his dream for all of his children.

 

The assistance given to the parents of child laborers was made possible because of the community child labor profiling done last year by the community facilitators and enumerators of DOLE-X Buk PFO.

 

Bukidnon CLPEP Community Facilitator Jesuriz E. Mabaso said, “Our job requires us to identify and profile children below 18 years old who are working or exposed to hazardous work. Moreover, the profile child laborers with their families are referred for government services that they can avail and benefit from. One of those services is from the DOLE on the provision of livelihood grants.”

 

Valmores said the necessary documents are already in the Regional Office for processing and approval. Initial grant requested for approval amounts to PhP 1.5M which is part of the PhP 3.08M livelihood grant for the first quarter of CY 2020 for the province of Bukidnon.

 

The DILP or Kabuhayan program is a financial assistance granted for capacity-building on livelihood for the working poor, vulnerable and marginalized workers, either for individual or group livelihood projects as mandated under Department Order No. 173-17.

 

End/Mark Anthony J. Combong/LEO II/DOLE-X/Bukidnon Provincial Field Office

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DOLE-X Buk PFO Community Facilitator Jesuriz E. Mabaso (sitting) inquires about the project proposal of one identified parent of a child laborer during the livelihood project proposal consultation and site validation in Kitaotao town, Bukidnon on 16 January 2020. One of the services of the Child Labor Prevention and Elimination Program (CLPEP) is the referral for livelihood grants under the DOLE Integrated Livelihood Program amounting to PhP15,000 to the identified beneficiaries. (Photo source: DOLE-X Buk PFO)

 

 

Photo shows DOLE-X Buk PFO Community Facilitator Jesselyn A. Baiño (rightmost) with one parent of child laborers (center) during the livelihood project proposal consultation and site validation in Maramag town, Bukidnon last 22 January 2020. One of the services of the Child Labor Prevention and Elimination Program (CLPEP) is the referral for livelihood grants under the DOLE Integrated Livelihood Program amounting to PhP15,000. (Photo source: DOLE-X Buk PFO)

 

DOLE-X Buk PFO Staff interviews Johnary P. Billones, one of the 100 identified parents of child laborers, about his incoming livelihood project at DOLE BPFO Office, Malaybalay City, Bukidnon on 9 March 2020. One of the services of the Child Labor Prevention and Elimination Program (CLPEP) is the referral of livelihood grants under the DOLE Integrated Livelihood Program amounting to PhP15,000 to the identified beneficiaries, including parents of child laborers.

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2020-03-12
JOFFREY M. SUYAO




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