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On World Day Against Child Labor, Ilocano Teens Get Gift from DOLE

 

The Department of Labor and Employment Regional Office I (DOLE ROI) joined the global community in the observance of the World Day Against Child Labor (WDACL), which coincides with the Philippine Independence Day, on June 12, 2021.

With the theme, “Makibahagi, Makialam, Makiisa,” the WDACL celebration in the Philippines aimed to highlight the all-of-society approach in addressing societal issues that lead to child labor, in order to eliminate and prevent children from entering harsh working conditions.

In Region 1, the DOLE ROI celebrated the WDACL through Project Angel Tree Gift-Giving Activity in Brgy. Libtong, Tagudin, Ilocos Sur. A total of 15 children profiled as child laborers were given with school supplies, hygiene kits, and food items.

DOLE ROI Regional Director Atty. Evelyn R. Ramos led the gift-giving, together with Tagudin Mayor Roque S. Verzosa Jr., PESO Manager Jennifer Agtarap, and officers from DOLE Ilocos Sur Field Office led by OIC Mary Antonette Avila.

The Project Angel Tree 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. 

In her message addressed to the parents of the children-beneficiaries, RD Ramos emphasized that raising a child is not just the responsibility of the parents, but the whole community. “Huwag kayong mahihiyang lumapit sa mga kaanak, kabarangay, at maging sa mga ahensya ng gobyerno,” she said.

”Kasama ninyo kami sa laban sa hamon ng buhay, Sama-sama tayo, tulong-tulong para mapaginhawa ang buhay ng pamilya, lalo na ng ating mga anak.”

Her words re-echoed the thrusts of DOLE to engage as many partners and stakeholders in ending child labor in the Philippines. This was underscored in the WDACL message of Labor Secretary Silvestre “Bebot” H. Bello III.

“Palawakin natin ang ating partnership with the private sector at civic organizations…Napakahalaga ng all-of-society approach upang makamtan natin ang mithiin na wakasan ang child labor,” Bello said.

“That’s why we need to continue to scale up our efforts to prevent children from going into child labor and free the children who are already engaged in such,” he added.

United Nations General Assembly declared 2021 as the international year for the elimination of child labor. END/Justin Paul Marbella and Fredderick Gaerlan.

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2021-06-17
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