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DOLE saves child Laborer in Romblon thru livelihood assistance

As the Department of Labor and Employment (DOLE) MIMAROPA strengthens its campaign in eliminating all types of child labor in the region, a child laborer with her grandmother in San Fernando, Romblon received sari-sari store package worth P30,000.00 on 06 December 2020.

            Joseph (not his real name), 17 years old, is an orphan living with his grandmother. At the age of 14, he needed to do extra jobs to help provide their daily financial needs.

“Sa murang edad, ako ay nangunguha ng mga panggatong at ibenebenta sa aming mga kapitbahay upang matulongan po ang aking lola. Nagtratrabaho din po ako bilang taga hango ng isda sa baybay para sa mga nagtitinda ng isda sa palengke. Ang aking kita sa pagtratrabaho ay aking ibinibigay sa aking lola para pangbili ng aming mga pangangailangan sa bahay,” he said. (At an early age, I harvested firewood and sold it to our neighbors to help my grandmother. I also work as a fishmonger on the coast for fish sellers in the market. I gave my earnings from working to my grandmother to buy our household needs).

During the profiling activity on July 2019 – December 2019, Joseph is one of the 900 profiled child laborers in Romblon. The department aims to provide assistance to their family to augment their income and save the lives of the children from hazardous work.

   “Nagpapasalamat po ako ng lubos sa DOLE sa livelihood na ipinagkaloob sa amin. Bilang isang biyuda, tanging ang aking apo lamang ang aking kaagapay sa buhay. Sa pamamagitan po nang inyong tulong mapag-aaral ko na po ang aking apo hanggang siya ay makatapos. Maraming salamat po sa tulong ng gobyerno,” said Nanay Letecia, grandmother of Joseph. (I am very grateful to DOLE for the livelihood given to us. As a widow, only my grandson is my companion in life. With your help I will be able to send my grandson to school until he graduates. Thank you very much for the help of the government).

 

            DOLE MIMAROPA Regional Director Atty. Joffrey M. Suyao was overwhelmed learning the love and dreams of Joseph for his grandmother as he said, “I’m happy that Joseph is now free from hazardous work. I salute you for the love and care you showed to your grandmother. May this simple livelihood helps you to reach your dreams.”  

Currently, Joseph is enrolled as 1st year student at Romblon State University taking up Bachelor of Science in Business Administration.

Ako po ay lubos na nagpapasalamat sa Diyos at sa DOLE sa pagbibigay sa amin nang hanapbuhay na Sari – Sari Store. Amin pong pagyayamanin ang inyong ibinigay na tulong at ako po ay nangangako rin na mag aaral upang matupad ko ang aming mga pangarap ng aking lola at mabigyan ko siya ng maayos na buhay pagdating ng panahon,” Joseph ended. (I am very grateful to God and DOLE for providing us with a Sari-Sari Store. We will enrich your livelihood assistance and I also promise to finish my studies so that I can fulfill our dreams of my grandmother and give her a good life when the time comes).

Meanwhile, with the cooperation of the different Municipalities in the province, the DOLE through Romblon Field Office continues to provide assistance and temporary employment to other parents of our profiled child laborers.

End/Sarah Jane B. Ferranco

 

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2020-12-17
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