The Department of Labor and Employment is firm in upholding the rights of children including their protection from all forms of abuse, neglect, cruelty, exploitation, and discrimination and other conditions prejudicial to their development, particularly child labor and its worst forms. CLPEP aims to remove children from child labor particularly in its worst forms. The program contributes to the Philippine Program Against Child Labor of the national government interventions for eliminating or preventing child labor by promoting:
The overall approach of the CLPEP adopts 5 strategic directions. These are composed of:
Focus is given to the barangay level and in business establishments where they mostly occur. The DOLE seeks to bring down to the community level — the barangay, the basic geo-political unit — the campaign against child labor, foster common understanding on, and gain public support. It aims to free identified barangays from child labor, and also to influence change, identify allies, and solicit commitments of support of stakeholders, specifically government agencies, non-government and faith-based organizations, local chief executives, private sector establishments, as well as the parents of child laborers.
Among the business establishments, the DOLE promotes compliant and socially responsible business practices. Specifically, it has stepped up its campaign against employment of minors by offering incentives to businesses that get certified as child labor-free. Businesses that get the seal are entitled to incentives like certificate or marker of recognition as a child labor-free establishment zone, endorsement for participation of their employees in the DOLE’s livelihood programs, guaranteed booths in job fairs and exhibits, exposure and promotion on DOLE’s website, among others.
A National Convergence Program is being implemented known as the HELP-ME Convergence Program. HELP-ME, which stands for programs or services relating to Health, Education, Livelihood and Prevention, Protection, and Prosecution, Monitoring, and Evaluation, aims to implement a sustainable and responsive convergence program to address child labor in the Philippines by providing focused, converged and synchronized strategies to effectively address the child labor problem. It also aims to strengthen the action on the prevention of children from working in hazardous work which occurs if the type of work exhibits any or all of the following characteristics:
Intended beneficiaries are:
1. children who are subjected to: