MANILA – The multi-stakeholders and interagency bodies attended the World Vision Project Against Child Exploitation (ACE) and National Council Against Child Labor’s two-day summit on 15-16 June 2022 that articulated commitments on action against child labor (CL) at Bayview Park Hotel, here.

The call originated in Durban, South Africa during the fifth global conference on the elimination of CL on May 2022 aimed to accelerate progress on ending the social menace, following consequences of the COVID-19 pandemic.

The 96 delegates from government, non-government, civil society organizations and children-youth representatives convened during the event to achieve the shared goal by discussing the ‘Durban Call to Action’, concluding with the signing of a unified statement against child exploitation including online sexual abuse and exploitation of children (OSAEC), in support to the universal campaign.

The said document focused on actions with priority focus on the worst forms of child labour (WFCL) as well as realizing children’s right to access free, compulsory, quality, equitable and inclusive education.

Moreover, Department of Labor and Employment (DOLE) – Bureau of Workers with Special Concerns Director Atty. Ma. Karina Perida-Trayvilla said the event was a first time convergence to strengthen and harmonize strategies in addressing CL in the country.

Project ACE implementer, local government of Cagayan de Oro, through its City Council for the Protection of Children presented good practices during the panel discussion which affirmed its allegiance to carry out programs and activities zeroing in WCFL and OSAEC.

Likewise, celebrity advocate and World Vision Ambassador Christian Bautista shared his experiences as a child sponsor.

Also, DOLE Northern Mindanao Regional Director Albert E. Gutib said that 20,335 CLs are to be profiled in the region in 2022.

The undertaking was part of the month-long celebration of World Day Against Child Labor every June.

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Department of Labor and Employment Northern Mindanao Regional Office Child Labor Prevention and Elimination Program Point-Person Glenford C. Labial (bottom, leftmost) attends the National Council Against Child Labor’s Summit on 15-16 June 2022 at Bayview Park Hotel, Manila. (Photos by Glenford C. Labial/DOLE-X)

 

Department of Labor and Employment – Bureau of Workers with Special Concerns Director Atty. Ma. Karina Perida-Trayvilla acknowledges participants as the event is a first time convergence to strengthen strategies in addressing child labor in the country during the National Council Against Child Labor’s Summit on 15-16 June 2022 at Bayview Park Hotel, Manila. (Photo by Glenford C. Labial/DOLE-X)

 

Interagency bodies present good practices during the panel discussion which affirmed its allegiance to carry out programs and activities zeroing in worst forms of child labor the National Council Against Child Labor’s Summit on 15-16 June 2022 at Bayview Park Hotel, Manila. (Photo by Glenford C. Labial/DOLE-X)

 

World Vision Director Daphne Culanag (right) discusses to co-participants, strategies in achieving the shared goal to end child exploitation including online sexual abuse and exploitation of children during the National Council Against Child Labor’s Summit on 15-16 June 2022 at Bayview Park Hotel, Manila. (Photo by Glenford C. Labial/DOLE-X)