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DOLE livelihood assistance assists parents of child laborers in Puerto Princesa, Palawan

 

PUERTO PRINCESA, PALAWAN – In line with the department’s advocacy to have a child-labor-free country, four (4) parents of child laborers profiled in 2019 received livelihood assistance from the Department of Labor and Employment MIMAROPA thru the DOLE Palawan Field Office.

 

Aside from referral of the profiled child laborer for assistance to partner-government agencies involved in the campaign to lessen the prevalence of child labor, one form of assistance given is the provision of livelihood projects by DOLE to the parents of profiled child laborers (CL).

 

On 19 March 2021, DOLE Palawan Supervising LEO, Mr. Philip T. Alano, awarded livelihood items worth P20,000.00 to Ms. Loyola for her Banana and Camote Cue business. She is forty-four years old, a solo parent to CL Julio, an 8 year old banana and camote cue vendor. Ms. Loyola seeked the support of the department to have additional capital to improve her source of income.

 

On 22 March 2021, DOLE Palawan Field Office Head, Mr. Luis B. Evangelista, awarded  P20,000.00 worth of livelihood items to Ms. Abiog for her pastry making business. She is a widow and a parent of five, of which included CL Bimbi, a 15 year old construction worker.

 

On 23 March 2021, Mr. Luis B. Evangelista, awarded the P25,500.00 worth of livelihood items to Ms. Fernandez for her Ukay-ukay buy-and-sell business. She is a widow and a parent of five (two of which are PWD’s) including CL Juan, a 15 year old porter. On the same day, P20,000.00 worth of purchased items was awarded to Ms. Analyn Pabatang for her processed Casuy products. She is a parent of four including CL JM, a 13 year old fisher.

 

Maraming salamat po sa DOLE dahil malaking tulong po ito sa amin. Masusuportahan nito yung aming pangangailangan araw-araw. Hindi na kailangan magtrabaho ng anak ko, matututukan na niya ang kanyang pag-aaral,” Analyn Pabatang said, livelihood beneficiary, who expressed her gratitude to the government. (Thank you very much DOLE for helping our family. This will support our daily needs. My son does not have to work anymore and can focus on his studies.)

 

During the awarding, representing Regional Director Joffrey M. Suyao, Palawan FO Head, Mr. Luis B. Evangelista congratulated the livelihood recipients and encouraged them to make their respective livelihoods prosper as this will surely help them and their dependents. “Itong mga livelihood assistance ay ibinigay sa inyo upang mabawasan ang child laborer sa bansa upang malaman nila ang kahalagahan ng pagiging bata. Sana po ay pagbutihin ninyo ang pagmanage ng inyong negosyo, inyo itong palaguin at wag pababayaan”. (These livelihoods are being awarded to reduce child laborers in the country and for them to enjoy their childhood.  Manage it properly and make it grow well.

 

These livelihood grants under the DOLE Integrated Livelihood and Emergency Employment Program (DILEEP) seek to contribute to poverty reduction and reduce the vulnerability to risks of the working poor, vulnerable and marginalized workers either through emergency employment, and promotion of entrepreneurship and community enterprises.

 

End/Lorraine V. Mayor

* The real names used were changed to protect the identity of the CLs

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2021-04-21
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