Gingoog CIty, Misamis Oriental — Last December 28, 2017, the Department of Labor and Employment, Regional Office No. X (DOLE-X), thru its Eastern Misamis Oriental Provincial Field Office (EMO PFO) facilitated the distribution of school supplies and uniforms to 16 students at Balay Pangarap, this city.

Balay Pangarap is an institution created by the Local Government Unit of Gingoog City for the rehabilitation of children who committed a crime. They are children who are covered by the Juvenile Justice and Welfare Act of 2006 (Republic Act 9344). This local rehabilitation center is under the supervision of Gingoog Mayor Marie L. Guingona in coordination with the Department of Social Welfare and Development. Under the rehabilitation program, they are also given a chance to study with the help of Department of Education (DepEd) by sending in-house teachers.

“Everyone deserves a second chance, especially the youth,” DOLE-X EMO PFO Chief Errol A. Natividad said. “They may have committed mistakes but instead of blaming them, we should give them another chance and make them feel that we are always here to accept them back and start a new life,” he added.

“I would like to thank Mayor Guingona, PESO (Public Employment Service Office) Manager Jessie Reyes and Mr. Natividad for giving us these school supplies and uniforms. Thank you very much for guiding us to the right path and giving us a chance to change,” said Anthony Llemit, one of the beneficiaries, was then a 16-year old when put into custody and now 18 years old in Balay Pangarap. He was put into rehabilitation for committing a crime of reckless imprudence resulting to homicide. He has been in custody for more than one year. This was their [beneficiaries] first time to benefit from the Project Angel Tree of the DOLE in partnership with Zabdiel Corporation. His parents are both farmers but were already separated. The child’s primary plan is to pursue studying if given a chance to come out. He is also planning to find ways to have a work to support his studies and help his family.

Project Angel Tree is a component of DOLE Child Prevention and Elimination Programs which provides an array of social services that range from food, clothing, educational assistance or school supplies, and even work and training opportunities made available by sponsors or benefactors through Zabdiel Foundation (as ‘angels’) to child laborers and their families.  It aims to improve the economic and social conditions of child laborers and their families and increase the number of allies and advocates of child labor prevention and elimination.

Zabdeil Foundation is a family-owned foundation of Ms. Maria Moreno. Their family business is primarily a bus transit company which happened to be the Bagong Lipunan Bus Company. It was organized exclusively to help children who want to finish education but lack the financial capacity. Moreover, it helps in distributing school supplies and other things which may be needed by children in school in the public schools in Misamis Oriental since its establishment.

End/Safrali S. Cabili/DOLE-X EMO PFO



From left: Ms. Jessit Cabana (house parent), Jessie Reyes(PESO Manager-Gingoog City), Ms. Tita Garrido (City Administrator), Mr. Oville Guimong (Registered Social Work), Mr. Safrali S. Cabili (LEO II-DOLE), Mr. Nemesio Agnes (City Administrative Officer V), Ms. Prescilla Cuerdo (PESO Administrative Staff) during the distribution of school supplies and uniforms on 28 December 2018 at the Balay Panagarap, Gingoog City. (Photo source: DOLE-X EMO PFO)