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DOLEkula Film Festival Northern Mindanao winners announced

CAGAYAN DE ORO CITY - The DOLEkula Film Festival Mga Kwento ng Batang Malaya of the Department of Labor and Employment (DOLE-X) took place on Saturday, 12 June 2021.


The awarding ceremony primarily all in digital with winners getting trophies in their respective provincial field offices (PFOs) in observance of the COVID-19 safety and health protocols and was streamed live via the DOLE Child Labor Prevention and Elimination Program (CLPEP) official Facebook page.


DOLEkula has uniquely created a platform significantly different from the typical film festivals. Six competing, including one guest entrants were given the general perspective onwards the same direction—the elimination of child labor incidence in Northern Mindanao.


With over three months of experience discovering new film writers and directors, DOLEkula has cultivated a dynamic, hands-on process of development for digital filmmakers and film enthusiasts. And, most importantly developed DOLE-X employees’ film appreciation, and crafting new breeds of visual artists who are champions on diverse storytelling and stylistic originality.


Underlining the 2021 WDACL celebration in the Philippines was the message of DOLE Secretary Silvestre H. Bello III who amplified the call of community’s support in the need to scale up DOLE’s efforts to prevent children from going into child labor and free the children who are already engaged in child labor.


Moreover, Bello commended the regional offices for coming up innovative means to increase partnership with different sectors and engage them in the campaign against child labor and persevere in the implementation of DOLE’s anti child labor initiatives.


“Lahat tayo ay may mahalagang papel sa pagkamit ng ating adhikain na maging Malaya ang bata,” he said.


Moreover, Undersecretary for Regional Operations, Labor Standards and Special Concerns Cluster lawyer Ana C. Dione congratulated through a digital greeting DOLE-X OIC Regional Director Albert E. Gutib and his team for successfully coming up with the project.


“DOLEkula is a laudable project, first time ever in the Department, a great initiative worthy of emulation and probably for good replication to all other regions in the area of advocating anti-child labor engagements,” Dione said.


During the announcement of winners, Bureau of Workers with Special Concerns Director lawyer Ma. Karina-Perida Trayvilla commended DOLE-X PFOs’ unwavering support on the campaign of child labor.


“Pinabilib nyo kami sa inyong husay sa paggawa ng short film tungkol sa child labor. Naipakita ninyo ang tunay na kalagayan at nararanasan ng mga batang manggagawa,” Trayvilla said.


“Nakaka-antig ng damdamin at nakakahikayat sa mga manonood na tumogon sa isyu ng child labor,” she said.


The event highlighted the celebration of the 2021 World Day Against Child Labor with the theme “Makibahagi, Makialam, at Magkaisa para sa #BatangMalaya”.


This year’s jurors, invited in recognition of their accomplishments in the arts, technical craft and visionary storytelling, deliberated extensively before presenting awards. Sining Kambayoka stage actor-director and the artistic director of Kagay-an Performing Arts Raul Prima; executive producer, news chief of ABS-CBN Davao and media communications officer of Childfund’s BUILDCAAP Michelle Robin-Bacsal; and Dennis Ba-ang, a KBP Golden Dove Awardee in 1996 and editor-in-chief of Launchpad Magazine.


DOLE-Lanao del Norte in Iligan City snatched the regional grand winner trophy while reaping seven of the 10 minor awards.


Here were the complete list of winners:




End/Glenford C. Labial/DOLE-X



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