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At risk students of Taytay Palawan hear out DOLE’s campaign against Child Labor

July 20, 2017 - the DOLE Palawan and Taytay Municipal PESO through the support of Mr. George F. Balofinos, spearheaded this year’s international observance of the World Day Against Child Labor Celebration, with the theme “In conflict and disasters, protect children from child labor” at Nanna Banana, Poblacion, Taytay, Palawan. Together with their parents, forty (40) pupils from three identified barangays in Palawan who are potential victims of child labor activities were the primary attendees of the awareness campaign. The event aimed to inform the participants of their rights and the risks of being child laborers. Partner-agencies present in this advocacy were the Barangay Government Unit through Mr. Marcelino Nava, Bgy. Captain of Bato; the Municipal PNP Station through PSI Ferdinand C. Bea, Chief of Police; and Mr. Esmael O. Mabacas, Grade School Teacher of Bgy. Pamantolon who are from Taytay, Palawan.

“Para sa mga magulang, huwag alisin ang karapatan ng mga bata sa pag-aaral. Tulungan at suportahan ang inyong mga anak upang makapagtapos ng edukasyon,” Mr. Bernardo B. Toriano, DOLE Palawan Field Office Head, said during his welcome remarks, stressing the role of parents in providing good education for their children. Ms. Elnie G. Iligan, DOLE Palawan Focal Person on Child Labor discussed the rights of every child. “Child labor interferes with a child’s right to education, as well as it poses risks to child’s health, safety, and development". Ms. Iligan also cited series of examples and prevalent forms of child labor in the Philippines.                                                               

Provided for in RA 9231, employing a child below age 15 particularly in hazardous work is a crime punishable by law. One major objective of RA 9231 is to eliminate the worst forms of child labor in the country. The bill also provides granting of special protection for children against abuse, exploitation, and discrimination.

The program ended by orienting the parents on the DOLE Integrated Livelihood Program where livelihood and entrepreneurship support are accessible through the PESO.


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