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Family shuns child labor through DOLE livelihood


The DOLE Kabuhayan Para Sa Magulang ng Batang Manggagawa (KASAMA) project continues to serve as a preventive measure against child labor in the region through the provision of livelihood opportunities to poor families. 

Just recently, the DOLE-Western Pangasinan Field Office has monitored the impact of the project on a KASAMA beneficiary-family that received P10,000 capital assistance for their puto-making livelihood.  

Fred Garibay, sixty-one-year-old father of six in Tondol, Anda, Pangasinan, received the grant from the DOLE-RO I through Regional Director Nathaniel V. Lacambra on September 19, 2016.  The assistance was in the form of raw materials consisting of commercial rice, baking soda and cheese.  

Before the grant, Fred had no sufficient capital to be able to produce more puto. He just earned P3,000-P5,000 monthly. His income, he admitted, was barely enough to support his big family. 

It was his family’s impoverished condition which was considered in the provision of the KASAMA project.  

The Philippine Program Against Child Labor (PPACL), the government framework that brings together all anti-child labor efforts, acknowledges that poverty is a potent host to social problems including child labor. 

“Our aim is to prevent the occurrence of child labor incidences in the region by increasing the capacities of families for greater income,” Director Lacambra said. 

At present, Fred’s family earns P11,000-P13,000 monthly.  Out of his savings from his income, he was able to establish a sari-sari store and now resells purified water and gasoline. 

As of monitoring time, Fred shared that different barangays, schools and neighboring towns are now ordering puto from him for their events. 

All his children are enrolled in school, and his eldest is currently on his second year in college.

The LGU of Anda has committed to closely monitor the livelihood grants to ensure their sustainability and explore the possibility of enhancing them.  END/Arly Sta. Ana-Valdez with report from DOLE-WPFO

RD Nat V. Lacambra
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