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Interns, child laborers and families benefit from DOLE profiling project

A child labor profiling project currently implemented by the DOLE helps poor youth earn income, while facilitating the provision of appropriate services to child laborers and their families. 

Regional Director Nathaniel V. Lacambra announced that the DOLE-RO I has engaged the services of 100 interns under the Government Internship Project (GIP) to profile child laborers in Region I.  The interns will receive P232.50 daily stipend, or 75 percent of the prevailing minimum daily rate, during their engagement as enumerators for a period of six months, he said.

Director Lacambra said the information and data that will be generated will be useful in identifying the child laborers and in assessing their needs and those of their families.  

 “After accomplishing the profiling tool, the interns will initially identify the specific type of assistance that the child laborer and his or her family needs.  We will seek the assistance of the local DSWD or barangay officials to validate the initial needs assessment done by the enumerators,” the Regional Director told. 

He said other agencies such as the DTI, DA, DOH, TESDA, DENR, DepEd, CHED, SSS, DAR, PSA, NHA, PNP, AFP, NBI, PAO, Prosecutor’s Office, as well as LGUs will be tapped for possible assistance that will include livelihood, legal/paralegal services, skills training, educational assistance, health and nutrition, rescue and reintegration, temporary shelter, employment facilitation, birth registration, social protection programs and access to land rights. 

Former Special Program for the Employment of Students (SPES) beneficiaries Marlene Bautista, Diana Ubod and Maria Maricel Barrientos are among the intern-enumerators under the current project.  Marlene and Diana are both from Sison, Pangasinan while Maria Maricel is from the town of Villasis. 

“We really want to be in government service.  When we learned about the project, we applied immediately and were lucky to be selected. Now we can earn for our licensure examination,” Marlene shared. 

Under the Philippine Development Plan 2017-2022, the government aims to reduce cases of child labor by 30% or 630,000. It is the country’s commitment to the IV Global Conference on the Sustained Eradication of Child Labor held on November 14-16, 2017 in Argentina.

Based on the results of the 2011 Survey on Children conducted by the Philippine Statistics Authority, an estimated 2.1 million children 5 to 17 years old were engaged in child labor, 97.7% of whom were hazardous child labor. More than half (58.4%) of the 2.1 million children engaged in child labor were in agriculture, 34.6% in the services sector and 7% in the industry group.  END/Arly Sta. Ana-Valdez with reports from DOLE-EPFO and TSSD

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2018-10-08
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