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100 child labor parents receive P1.5M DOLE livelihood starter kits; timely in the midst of pandemic

Malaybalay City, Bukidnon --- The Department of Labor and Employment (DOLE- X) - Bukidnon Provincial Field Office (Buk PFO), in partnership with Valencia Rural Improvement Multi-Purpose Cooperative (VRI-MPC) as Accredited Co-Partner, turned-over PhP 1,500,000.00 worth of financial assistance of livelihood starter kits to the 100 parents of child laborers distributed to the nine municipalities, this province on the first week of October 2020. The livelihood grant is a timely response of the government especially in this challenging time of pandemic.

 

DOLE-X Buk PFO Chief Raul L. Valmores said the recipient beneficiaries were among the surveyed Parents of the Child Laborers (PCL) on CY 2019 under the Child Labor Prevention and Elimination Program (CLPEP) of the DOLE - X.

 

Valmores said, “This program eliminates child labor incidents, that is why this intervention was given to the parents thru livelihood starter kits to augment their financial income for them to provide the basic needs of their children, especially in sending them to school aside of letting their children work.”

 

In partnership with the Public Employment Service Officer (PESO), the enumerators and community facilitators identified the priority areas in the province and certified eligibility to avail the DOLE Integrated Livelihood Program (DILP) Kabuhayan Individual Project.

 

Moreover, identified were some 100 parents of child laborers who received the said starter kits for the projects on: Hog Raising (91 parents); Cattle Raising (1); Sari-sari Store Vending (6); and Vegetable Vending (2) which were turned-over in their respective municipalities, namely, Lantapan, Maramag, Quezon, Don Carlos, Damulog, Kibawe, Dangcagan, Kitaotao and Malaybalay City.

 

Ignacio Z. Cabusog, one of the parent-beneficiaries said, “Ang gobyerno wala nagpasagad og kanunay gatan-aw para lang sa kaayohan natong tanan. Pero dili kita magsalig nalang sa gobyerno, maningkamot ta nga mapalambo kining gipaabot kanato sa DOLE ug kanunay natong hinumdoman nganong naapil kita ani nga programa, tungod sa atoang mga bata!” (The government never neglected us and always innovating for ways for our benefit. But we should not always rely on the government, we must strive hard to improve what DOLE has given us and will always remember that we are doing this for the welfare of our children.)

 

Cabusog is from Quezon, Bukidnon and a parent of ten children, three of whom, ages 14, 16 and 18 are currently in school on weekdays but also engaged in child labor during weekends. They work as weeders "mangunahay" in the sugarcane fields in Quezon Municipality. He has no stable job and relies mostly on the financial support given by his working children. His wife has been disabled since CY 2019 due to a mild stroke. Especially so, COVID-19 pandemic affected them because as senior citizens, they were prohibited to go out from their residential premises, as mandated by the government’s Inter-Agency Task Force for safety and health reasons in the control of the virus. Likewise, the change in the online/modular learning method in school added internet expenses. The livelihood program through the hog raising starter kit would aid them to earn additional income for them to support additional expenses in school.

 

Valmores encouraged the beneficiaries, “We urge you all to take this livelihood project seriously. Amid this COVID-19 pandemic, consider this grant as a stepping stone for larger livelihood undertakings in the future. We are also hopeful that your project will be sustained or better yet will grow bigger for you to send your children back to school and no longer engaging in child labor activities.”

 

Further, the Local Government Units extended their support and appreciation through the respective local chief executives and representatives to the Department’s timely approval and implementation of their constituent’s individual projects.

 

In fact, Maramag Municipal Mayor lawyer Jose Joel P. Doromal expressed gratitude, “We are facing hard times today. This pandemic changed our lives, especially that it affects our livelihood and income. Many of the workers were displaced and some enterprises were close. We are very blessed that DOLE grant us livelihood projects which help these parents of child laborer to overcome this crisis in time of the pandemic.”

 

Child labor incidence in the Province of Bukidnon relates mostly to the agricultural sector. It has become a tradition and culture for the families of farmers to make their children engaged in farm works to save labor costs thereby increasing family’s daily income. Through the intervention of DOLE’s DILP and CLPEP programs, the beneficiaries’ economic capability is expected to gradually improve and result in the removal of the children from child labor.

 

End/Reyna L. Tagailo with additional report from Jesuriz Mabaso/DOLE-X Bukidnon PFO

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Parent of Child Laborer (PCL), Mr. Ignacio C. Cabusog receives the livelihood project on Hog raising during the turnover activity conducted at Quezon, Bukidnon last October 6, 2020 at Barangay

 

Poblacion, Quezon, Bukidnon. (Photo source: DOLE-X/ BUK PFO)

 

 

(From left) DOLE-X Bukidno PFO Chief Raul L. Valmores, PCL beneficiaries of Hog Raising project

and Mayor Jose Joel P. Doromal, Municipality of Maramag, during the turnover of livelihood to 21 PCL

starter kit beneficiaries with total amount of Php 315,000.00 on 5 October 2020 at Brgy. Poblacion

 

Covered Court, Maramag, Bukidnon. (Photo source: DOLE-X/ BUK PFO)

 

(From left) DOLE-X Bukidno PFO Chief Mr. Raul L. Valmores, PCL beneficiaries, Livelihood Focal

Reyna L. Tagailo and VRI-MPC representative Amparo Magdadaro during the turnover of livelihood

grants at Brgy. Bolocaon, Kitaotao, Bukidnon. (Photo source: DOLE-X/ BUK PFO)

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2020-11-12
ALBERT E. GUTIB




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