Christmas is a time for giving. For the Department of Labor and Employment (DOLE), however, it has not only given gift packs to child laborers and their families, but also it has given them hope for a better future.

Through Project Angel Tree, the DOLE Regional Office 1 distributed learning supplies, hygiene kits, food items, and advocacy materials to 300 children who were profiled as child laborers through DOLE’s Child Labor Elimination and Prevention Program (CLPEP) in Region 1.

Regional Director Exequiel Ronie A. Guzman said as it coincided with the celebration of the National Children’s Month in November, the gift-giving activity is a way to provide the child laborers and their families the message that the government is ready to help them eke out from poverty.

Through its six field offices across the region, DOLE RO1 reached out to beneficiaries in various towns namely: for Pangasinan, 50 beneficiaries in Basista, 10 in Mangaldan, 20 in Mapandan, 12 in San Jacinto, eight in Calasiao, 25 in Santa Maria, and 25 in Sison. In La Union, 25 children each in Bagulin and Bangar.

In Ilocos Sur, 12 beneficiaries were from Sinait, 12 from Santo Domingo, 14 from Santa, and 12 from Santiago. In Ilocos Norte, 50 beneficiaries were from Dingras.

This year’s Children’s Month celebration centered on the theme, “Kalusugan, Kaisipan, at Kapakanan ng Bawat Bata, Ating Tutukan.”


Last Updated on December 14, 2022 by Justin Paul Marbella