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West Pang LGUs vow to support DOLE anti-child labor program


Local government units in western Pangasinan have pledged support to the DOLE’s Child Labor Prevention and Elimination Program (CLPEP). 

As reported by the DOLE-Western Pangasinan Field Office in Alaminos City to Regional Director Nathaniel V. Lacambra, the LGUs of Alaminos, Aguilar, Binmaley, Bolinao, Bugallon, Lingayen, Mangatarem, Sual and Urbiztondo have sealed their commitments during the series of orientations conducted by the said field office in August and September. 

Among the interventions that the LGUs are willing to provide for child laborers or children at risk of child labor and their families were referral and feedback, job referral and placement, livelihood, advocacy and strengthening of existing mechanisms handling programs and services for children. 

Participants to the orientations were from different departments of the LGUs such as Public Employment Service Office (PESO), City/Municipal Social Welfare and Development Office (C/MSWDO), Civil Registry, City/Municipal Health Office (C/MHO), City/Municipal Agriculture Office (C/MAO), Office of Senior Citizens Affair (OSCA), including representatives from SP/SB Committees on Labor and Employment, DepEd, DILG, PNP and PWD associations. 

Topics included the CLPEP, Republic Act 9231, DOLE Department Order No. 149-2016, 2018 child labor profiling results, 2019 child labor target areas, referral and feedback mechanisms, and DILG memorandum circular No. 73-2019. 

Based on the results of the Philippine Statistics Authority’s 2011 Survey on Children, there are 2.1 million child laborers aged 5-17 years old in the Philippines.  About 95 percent of them are in hazardous work.  

Of the total number, 978 child laborers from western Pangasinan were identified as recipients of various government services.

“I commend both the DOLE-WPFO headed by Bernadette May Mamitag and every participating entity for taking a proactive stance on the child labor issue,” Director Lacambra said. 

The wave of orientations is useful in raising awareness and expanding support base for the government’s anti-child labor efforts, he said. END/Arly Sta. Ana-Valdez with report from Marcos David Sanchez, DOLE-WPFO

RD Nat V. Lacambra
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