MAMBAJAO, CAMIGUIN — During the commemoration of the World Day against Child Labor, the Department of Labor and Employment (DOLE-X) – Camiguin Provincial Field Office (Cam PFO) led the convergence support of national government agencies and non-government organizations in the commitment to heighten the advocacy in the elimination of child labor in the province on 14 June 2022 at Villa Paraiso Resort and Apartelle, Poblacion in this municipality.
DOLE-X Cam PFO Chief Arlyn Z. Bael said representatives from the Department of Agrarian Reform (DAR); Bureau of Internal Revenue (BIR); Local Government Units (LGUs); Non-Government Organizations (NGO) from the Mindanao Abaca Sustainability Initiatives (MASI); federation of livelihood beneficiaries in the province; and workers in the informal sector recited the Panatang Makabata and symbolically signed the Commitment Board through their painted palms for this purpose.
Bael said child labor is one of the most prevailing issues in the country, even in the province. In 2019-2021, about 1,905 children in the province were profiled under the DOLE’s Child Labor Prevention and Elimination Program (CLPEP).
The profiled children were provided with interventions and some were referred to other partner government agencies like the Public Employment Service Office (PESO) and their barangay counterparts.
“In DOLE-X, we have already provided P1,016,170 worth of livelihood assistance to 73 parents/siblings/guardians of child laborers on 2020-2021,” Bael said.
The World Day against Child Labor was launched by the International Labor Organization (ILO) on 2002 to focus attention on the global extent of child labor and the action and efforts needed to eliminate it. Since then, the Philippines joined in the celebration every June 12 of each year to raise awareness on the plight of child laborers and to demonstrate the country’s solidarity in the worldwide campaign against child labor.
Moreover, the National Council Against Child Labor (NCACL) in the Philippines is a mechanism that works on the prevention and protection of the child laborers, which implemented the Philippine Program Against Child Labor (PPACL). It works towards the prevention and progressive elimination of child labor through protection, withdrawal, healing and reintegration of child workers into a caring society that supports and alleviates extreme poverty.
Bael said thru CLPEP, the PFO will continue its efforts to remove children from child labor, particularly in its worst forms. The program also contributes to PPACL in providing interventions for eliminating or preventing child labor by promoting child-focused actions; rights-based approach; results-based management; gender-responsiveness; cultural sensitivity; sustainable development; children and youth participation; good governance; decent work for all; community development; inter-agency, tripartite and multi-sectoral collaboration.
The event is anchored on the theme “Karapatan at Kalagayan ng Batang Manggagawa: Sagipin, Tugunan, at Protektahan ng Bayan.”
End/Jovelyn V. Perez with additional reports of Maeyheen Faith A. Burlat/DOLE-X Camiguin PFO