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Blending colors: advocating child labor-free Camiguin
Mambajao--- In line with the Province of Camiguin’s 49th foundation day, the Department of Labor and Employment-X (DOLE-X) held its mural painting contest which centers on the call to eliminate child labor activities in the region on 7 January 2017 at Mambajao Public Plaza.
 
In partnership with the Provincial Government of Camiguin, municipalities of Catarman; Guinsiliban; Mahinog; Mambajao; and Sagay along with its students harnessed their artistic skills through painting according to the theme “Bountiful Lanzones Harvests from a child labor-free Camiguin”.
 
In 2012, Camiguin, through a memorandum of agreement with DOLE-X declared its province as “Child Labor-free Province”, the only province in Northern Mindanao with such kind declaration by then Governor Jurdin Jesus M. Romualdo.
 
The activity was conducted to create awareness on child labor activities in the Philippines resulting to children’s exploitation by looking closely at the art and techniques of mural painting while exploring ideas and purpose behind creating a mural in the community with the students as the means of communication.
 
“We know that the children are vulnerable to exploitation. They might be hidden from the public eye or be isolated, and they may be working far away from their family home. With this particular undertaking, everyone will be aware and should know its stand,” said OIC Assistant Regional Director, Lucila S. Pulvera in her message during the awarding ceremony.  
 
Meanwhile, Governor Ma. Luisa D. Romualdo expressed, “You find zero child labor-related case here in Camiguin and this is the one main reason why we conduct such contest. In fact, I recommend replicating the advocacy in every municipality here in the island.”
 
“It is a celebration for the efforts that our province had accomplished in decades”. This is all nothing without the help of DOLE-X who had been my partner way back when I was still the mayor of Mambajao. We did the same concept in 2015 and it had drawn positive impact,” she added.
 
Stories of abused children in domestic work are common in the country, and with this, we educate our new generation of their roles as advocates of their own rights based in the international convention.
 
The event which was held at the concrete tennis court walls at the public plaza (Burgos Street) along with some 50 junior high school students with their respective coaches and advisers.
 
Among the participants, the entry of Sixto A. Abao National High School (Mahinog) grabbed the first prize. Coming in second was Mambajao National High School (Mambajao), and followed by Fatima College of Camiguin (Mambajao) on the 3rd place.
 
Top prize winner coach, Joey Rugay Chavit revealed that his team prepared for the contest by drafting multiple practices from mixing colors to using appropriate paint brush. More importantly, he expressed gratitude to DOLE-X for coming up with the activity because the children are more aware of their rights for education and to live happy with their parents.
 
Winning entries received PhP 5,000.00; PhP 4,000.00; PhP 3,000.00 and PhP 1,000.00 for consolation prize.
 
End/Glenford C. Labial/DOLE-X
 
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Gov. Ma. Luisa D. Romualdo (center) poses with DOLE-X staff during the awarding ceremony of the Mural Painting Contest Against Child Labor in Mambajao, Public Plaza, Camiguin on 7 January 2017. (From left: Program focal person Glenford C. Labial; Dir. II Atheneus A. Vasallo; OIC ARD Lucila S. Pulvera and OIC Camiguin Head Brix A. Merlin) (Photo source: GCL/DOLE-X)

On-site tarp during the Mural Painting Contest Against Child Labor in Mambajao, Public Plaza, Camiguin on 7 January 2017. (Photo source: GCL/DOLE-X)

Blending colors. Students of Mambajao National High School take time detailing their artwork that made them 2nd in the rank during the Mural Painting Contest Against Child Labor in Mambajao, Public Plaza, Camiguin on 7 January 2017. (Photo source: GCL/DOLE-X)

 

Work-in-progress. These students from Sixto Abao National High School (first panel) seriously craft their entry making them the best among the rest. They won the nod of the judges and were declared the winner during the Mural Painting Contest Against Child Labor in Mambajao, Public Plaza, Camiguin on 7 January 2017. (Photo source: GCL/DOLE-X)

 

 

Child labor-no more. The busy hands of Fatima College of Camiguin students execute their colorful entry placing them on 3rd spot Mural Painting Contest Against Child Labor in Mambajao, Public Plaza, Camiguin on 7 January 2017.  (Photo source: GCL/DOLE-X)

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