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Working towards child labor prevention and elimination in Roxas, Palawan

 

ROXAS, PALAWAN – With the strong government’s campaign against child labor exploitation, the Department of Labor and Employment (DOLE) through its Palawan Field Office (FO) conducted an orientation on DOLE Integrated Livelihood Program (DILP) to the profiled parents of child laborers held on 11 August 2020 at the municipal gymnasium.

As a result of the profiling activity of DOLE Palawan FO last July to December 2019 in coordination with the Local Government Unit of Roxas (LGU Roxas), 51 residents of Barangays 1 and 4 who are parents of child laborers attended orientation and counseling with the end in view of removing their children from hazardous work and sending them back to school. Generally, the parents do farming and fishing for their livelihood and due to circumstances, their children work with them to earn a living.

Poverty is the root of depriving the rights of children as they are exposed to harmful undertakings, hence the department showcased the DILP which aims to eliminate child labor by providing their parents with livelihood to augment their income.

Under the leadership of OIC Regional Director Albert E. Gutib, DOLE MIMAROPA ensures to provide appropriate assistance to the parents and child laborers and coordinate with the national government agencies, civil society organizations and the LGUs in attaining child labor free barangays in the said municipality.

“Transforming the lives of child laborers, their families and the communities towards empowerment and development may not be easy, but we believe that through the collaborative efforts of the government and concerned stakeholders, and the cooperation of the parents, minimizing if not totally eliminate child labor case will be possible,” Director Gutib said.

“May the livelihood assistance to be granted serve as an eye opener for the parents to raise their children well as they are the hope of the nation,” Director Gutib added.

After the orientation, majority of the parents opted to request for individual livelihood projects. The Public Employment Service Office (PESO) will assist them in complying with the documentary requirements.

This effort of the department is anchored in the Philippine Program Against Child Labor’s mission which is to work towards the prevention and progressive elimination of child labor through protection, withdrawal, healing and reintegration of child workers into a caring society.

 

End/Marck T. Bautista

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