Some 28 parents of children at risk of child labor received P280 thousand worth of livelihood assistance from the Department of Labor and Employment-Regional Office No. 1.
The parents who are from barangays Carot and Tondol in Anda, Pangasinan were given fishing paraphernalia, welding tools and vendible goods in a turn-over ceremony led by DOLE-RO I Regional Director Nathaniel V. Lacambra and Mayor Aldrin Cerdan on March 27. Also present during the turn-over activity were DOLE-Alaminos Field Office Head Bernadette May Mamitag and Mhel Gaspar, Labor and Employment Officer III.
The livelihood is a preventive strategy to discourage child labor among poor families. Based on Philippine Statistics Authority data, child labor incidence among poor households is higher than non-poor households.
“We want to increase the capacities of the families for enhanced income to dissuade them from engaging their children in child labor,” Director Lacambra said.
To defray the training expenses, the LGU of Anda provided P32,332.
Meanwhile, in Ilocos Sur, advocacy campaigns were conducted in two elementary schools to create greater awareness and draw broader support to the government’s anti-child labor efforts.
The activities, which covered the Sta. Cruz Central School and San Pedro Community School in Tagudin, were initiated by the DOLE- Ilocos Sur Field Office. END/Arly Sta. Ana-Valdez