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Project Angel Tree and Brigada Eskwela: DOLE-RO I brings smile to children anew


City of San Fernando, La Union – The DOLE-Regional Office I once again took a time off from its usual operations to reach out to school children who are at risk of becoming child laborers. 

Some 50 elementary pupils became the latest beneficiaries of the DOLE Project Angel Tree (PAT) when the DOLE-RO I conducted a gift-giving activity on May 24 at the Nagyubuyuban Integrated School in this city.  

PAT is a component of the DOLE Child Labor Prevention and Elimination Program which provides an array of social services such as food, clothing, educational assistance or school supplies, and even work and training opportunities made available by sponsors or benefactors called ‘angels’ to child laborers and their families.  

Regional Director Nathaniel V. Lacambra led the distribution of school supplies and food to the school children.  The school, on the other hand, received 38 cement bags, 20 gallons of paint, four truckloads of gravel and river mix and cleaning materials.  

The children’s parents were oriented on Republic Act 9231, or the Anti-Worst Forms of Child Labor Law, to raise their awareness and prevent them from engaging their children in child labor. 

“We are taking this opportunity to herald the celebration of the World Day Against Child Labor which happens on June 12,” Director Lacambra said. 

With the theme “Children Shouldn’t Work in Fields, But on Dreams”, the celebration aims to curb child labor in agriculture and highlight the importance of education in ensuring that children will have a better chance at life in the future. 

Nagyubuyuban was a suitable place to hold the event because it is a landlocked barangay with agriculture as main economic activity, the Regional Director said. 

The barangay produces rice, tobacco, corn and vegetables. 

“It takes change in behavior to gather community support to our fight against child labor.  That is why we are thankful for the presence of barangay officials, parents, teachers and other people in this entire endeavor,” he said. 

After the gift-giving activity, the DOLE-RO I participated in the nationwide Brigada Eskwela where the staff painted school walls, tidied classrooms and cleaned school grounds in preparation for the opening of classes on June 3. END/Arly Sta. Ana-Valdez

RD Nat V. Lacambra
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