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DOLE-RO I marks children’s month with gift-giving, awarding of livelihood

The DOLE-Regional Office I conducted a gift-giving on November 20 under its Project Angel Tree to grant the wishes of children at risk of child labor in time for the celebration of the National Children’s Month this November. 

DOLE-RO I Regional Director Nathaniel V. Lacambra said the beneficiaries were from the 20 barangays of Alaminos City, Pangasinan. 

Director Lacambra was joined by Mayor Arth Bryan Celeste in leading the event at the city’s Don Leopoldo Sison Convention Center.  

Some 100 children were the recipients of gifts from benefactors called “angels” like Pangasinan First District Representative Arnold Celeste; local government units of Alaminos, Infanta, Binmaley and Anda; Land Bank of the Philippines-Alaminos City branch; Department of Education, Philippine National Police, Department of the Interior and Local Government, among others. 

Project Angel Tree, which is being implemented by the DOLE’s Bureau of Workers with Special Concerns (BWSC), in coordination with social partners, provides food, clothes, shoes, bags, and school supplies and scholarships/educational assistance to child laborers and livelihood assistance to their parents. 

Livelihood assistance amounting to P180,000 was provided to 36 parents under the Kabuhayan Para sa Magulang Ng Batang Manggagawa (KASAMA).  Each parent received a sari-sari store package worth P5,000 to increase their capacity for better economic opportunities.   

Folk dances and songs were rendered by the Alaminos City National High School; while the city Tourism and Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Council mascots, namely, Super K, Damsey and Island Ranger showed up to further entertain the crowd. 

“We extend our sincere gratitude to all who made the event possible, for bringing smile to children and their parents,” Director Lacambra said, as he also led the awarding of Certificates of Appreciation to the “angels”. 

The PAT and KASAMA are among the strategies of the DOLE in child labor prevention and elimination. 

RD Nat V. Lacambra
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