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DOLE Romblon leads World Day Celebration against Child Labor in Cajidiocan, Romblon

June 12, 2017 – the Department of Labor and Employment Romblon Field Office led the World Day Celebration against Child Labor held at the Barangay Hall, Lumbang Weste, Cajidiocan, Romblon by giving orientation to the forty (40) identified children and their parents. These children (whose age ranges from 10 to 17 years old), and their parents came from poor communities of Lumbang Weste and Lumbang Este, some of them are from indigenous groups.

Ms. Rosemarie E. Campos, DOLE MIMAROPA’s Planning Officer and Regional Focal Person for Child Labor Program discussed the children’s rights, meaning and scope of child labor and child work, current Philippine situation in Child Labor, DOLE’s Child Labor prevention and elimination program, and related laws and its implementing rules and regulations.

According to the Philippine Law, Child Labor refers to any work performed by a child that subjects the child to economic exploitation, or that is likely to be hazardous for the child or that interferes with the child’s education, or that is harmful to the child’s health or physical, mental, spiritual, moral, or social development. The department is mandated to protect Filipino children against child labor especially its worst forms, namely: all forms of slavery or practices similar to slavery; prostitution or pornography; illegal or illicit activities, and; hazardous work thus the conduct of this activity as part of the many programs and projects of the government in child labor elimination.

Based on the United States Department of Labor (USDOL)’s 2015 Report on Finding the Worst Forms of Child Labor; 54.10% of Filipino child laborers work in agriculture sector, followed by 40.50% on services sector and 5.30% on industry sector. Acknowledging this big problem, DOLE Romblon Field Office Head Mr. Carlo B. Villaflores expressed his gratitude for the support of the stakeholders and the community in this activity. “This activity aims to provide and raise awareness on the elimination of child labor incidence and prevention of risk of becoming child laborers in the community”, he said. He further reiterated that the convergence of support from different stakeholders in the community will surely make a big difference in our fight for the total eradication of child labor in our country.

Other stakeholders from Local Government Unit of Cajidiocan were present to show their support on war against child labor in their municipality, namely; Hon. Sangguniang Bayan Member Valentin Regla (Indigenous Representative), Lumbang Weste Punong Barangay Osmundo R. Regala, Municipal Social Welfare and Development Officer Ms. Arsenia F. Pentiño, Public Employment Service Officer Ms. Alpha Ramirez, Municipal Local Government Operations Officer Mr. Joey Albert Mayuga, SPO1 Erwin Lineses of Cajidicoan Municipal Police Station, Mr. Jefferson Repizo of Haguimit Elementary School, Ms. Mary Ann R. Rivero of Panaguintingan Elementary School, Ms. Lea R. Recto of Lumbang Weste Elementary School, and Mr. Jerry V. Pido of Lumbang Weste National High School.

After the orientation, DOLE-MIMAROPA, together with other stakeholders, distributed school supplies to the children to support their education. The school supplies consisted of notebooks, writing papers, pencils, ball pens, sharpeners, erasers, pencil cases, crayons, rulers, bags and umbrellas.

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2017-06-27
ATTY ALVIN VILLAMOR

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