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DOLE engages youth in addressing challenges on child labor prevention

SAN JOSE, OCCIDENTAL MINDORO - Over 80 participants composed of youth leaders, youth representatives, MSWDOs, Sangguniang Kabataan, teachers, municipal officials and national government attended in a recently concluded Youth Forum on Youth Economic Empowerment with a theme: “Kabataan sa Maunlad na Buhay may Karapatan ka” on January 23-24, 2020.

PLAN International initiated the said activity in partnership with the Local Government Units of Sablayan, San Jose, Magsaysay and Calintaan, DOLE, DepEd, TESDA, DOST, DSWD and DTI to discuss and explore ways and means of promoting youth development and engagement.

 The way we engage youth people determines the prospect of sustainable growth and peace. Today, we see the youth visibly contributing as actors in politics, socials, community development, technology, and enterprises. However, since the youth makes up the majority of the population, the percentage of struggling child laborers while mugging them the opportunity to see their full potential still remains one of the agenda.

The activity aims to assess the local situation on child labor and child workers; discuss the current initiative/programs of DOLE on child labor prevention and elimination; create awareness about the rights and responsibilities of youth in the workplace and understanding the basic laws to protect the rights of the youth; gain insights on youth entrepreneurship as open window of opportunities for young men and women; and to engage Youth Economic Empowerment champions in the province in identifying and addressing key challenges in implementing mandated Child Labor-Prevention Programs.

Carlo B. Villaflores, DOLE OccMin Field Office Head, in his presentations, discussed the Republic Act. No. 9231 or the Department’s legal basis in the elimination of the worst forms of child labor and affording stronger protection for the working child; the difference between child labor and child work; DOLE DO No. 149, Series of 2016, as amended by Department Order No. 149-A, Series of 2017 or the Guidelines in Assessing and Determining Hazardous Work in the Employment of Persons below 18 Years of Age; the current status of child labor profiling in the province; DOLE DILEEP Guidelines as stated under DOLE DO 173-17; and the duties, responsibilities and rights of employees.

You need to explore and improve your life skills and finances to compete in the market so you can advance economically. Focus and make the use of your education, so in the end, you (the youth) could be able to make and act on economic decisions, choices and situations…that’s the economic empowerment for me…”, Villaflores added.

Youth plays a very important role in the political, economic and social development of the country, but youth empowerment will still remain a vision until these youth voices be heard.

End/Gener L. Francisco


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