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DOLE OrMin conducts activity in Pola for the World Day Celebration Against Child Labor

An important activity in relation to the World Day Celebration Against Child Labor was successfully held in Pola, Oriental Mindoro on July 11, 2017DOLE Oriental Mindoro teamed up with the Local Government of Pola for the realization of the activity.

Forty (40) children aged 10-17 years old  from poor communities in Pola who were identified as children at risk together with their parents, and stakeholders who showed support to the fight against child labor, such as the  Philippine National Police (PNP),  Department of Education (DepEd),  POLA Municipal Mayor, Vice Mayor, Municipal Social and Development Officer (MSWDO), Municipal Health Officer (MHO), Sangguniang Bayan, and PESO were among the  participants in the said event. 

An orientation on Republic Act 9231 and its Implementing Rules and Regulations, Child Labor Prevention and Elimination Program,  Right of a Child, Worst Forms of Child Labor,  and Strategies to Become a Child Labor-Free Barangay was done by Ramezes Torres – LEO III and Mary Ann Dudas – DOLE OrMin Child Labor Focal Person. The above-mentioned stakeholders, likewise, presented their respective programs and services related to the elimination, prevention and/or removal of children engaged in worst forms of child labor.

To inspire the participants, and as part of the program, school bags and school supplies (papers, notebooks, pencils, ball pens, crayons, rulers, sharpeners, erasers, and pencil cases), umbrella and t-shirt were distributed to the participating children as gifts to them. The children couldn’t help but smile as they received unexpected gifts from the department and its partner agencies. Excitement was all over their faces.

Child Labor , as defined by the Department of Labor and Employment, refers to any work or economic activity performed by a child that subjects him/her to any form of exploitation, or is harmful to his/her health and safety or physical, mental, or psychosocial development.

Children" applies "to all persons under eighteen years of age", as provided under R.A. 9231. This is a modified definition of children under the Child Protection Law or R.A. 7610, which defines children to mean "persons below eighteen (18) years of age or those over but are unable to fully take care of themselves or protect themselves from abuse, neglect, cruelty, exploitation or discrimination because of a physical or mental disability or condition."

One of the mandates of DOLE is to protect Filipino children against child labor especially from worst forms, such as all forms of slavery or practices similar to slavery, illicit or illegal activities, prostitution or pornography, and hazardous work hence the DOLE – MIMAROPA annuallyobserves/conducts this activity.

                                              

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2017-07-11
ATTY ALVIN VILLAMOR

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