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“Use your music to end child labor.”


This is the challenge of DOLE-RO I Regional Director Evelyn R. Ramos to all musicians in Region I as the International Labour Organization recently launched the Music Against Child Labor Competition to mark the 2021 International Year for the Elimination of Child Labor.  

The music initiative has two key aims: raising awareness through music, and secondly, empowering children, including children formerly in child labor, through music and arts education.  

“The COVID-19 pandemic might have hampered the smooth implementation of our anti-child labor programs.  But we are intensifying strategic efforts to address the factors that contribute to the social problem and eradicate it,” RD Ramos said. 

Part of the Philippine Program Against Child Labor (PPACL) framework is the conduct of advocacy campaigns to not only raise greater knowledge, but help elicit broader support to the program’s objectives. 

While music alone cannot defeat child labor, it can empower children, support their withdrawal from child labor and assist in building their skills and self-esteem, the contest mechanics emphasizes. 

In a press statement, Bureau of Workers with Special Concerns Director Ma. Karina Trayvilla said that the Department is bent on removing about 630,000 child laborers by 2022 even while it has yet to receive latest official data on the number of young Filipinos engaged in child labor. 

For this year, around 6,843 child laborers in the region are seen to benefit from appropriate services that may include educational assistance, livelihood, psycho-social counseling sessions, legal services, depending on the results of the profiling conducted by the DOLE-RO I.  

“Through music, we can tell the world the ugliness of child labor and how it takes away from our children their right to a bright future.  But ending it is possible,” RD Ramos said. 

The competition is open to all musicians, both professional and amateur, and its mechanics is accessible through the website:  END/Arly Sta. Ana-Valdez

RD Evelyn R. Ramos
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