The Department of Labor and Employment (DOLE) has recently conducted a mural painting contest in Mambajao, Camiguin, to increase public awareness on child labor and to encourage public participation in eliminating its worst forms.
Mural paintings made by the participants that illustrate a child labor-free community were the center of the activity, which was anchored on the theme “Bountiful Lanzones Harvests from a Child Labor-Free Camiguin”.
“We know that the children are vulnerable to exploitation. They might be hidden or isolated from the public eye, and they may be working far away from their family’s home. With this particular undertaking, everyone will be aware and should know their stand,” DOLE-X OIC Assistant Regional Director Lucila S. Pulvera said.
She said that the activity was aimed to educate the new generation of their roles as advocates of their own rights through painting and arts and to encourage the public to show support and participation to the initiatives of the government in eliminating child labor.
Sixto A. Abao National High School bagged the first place and received P5,000 while Mambajao National High School was awarded with P4,000 as the second placer followed by Fatima College of Camiguin at third place with P3,000 cash prize.
In 2012, Camiguin, through a memorandum of agreement with DOLE-X declared its province as “Child Labor-free Province”, the only province in Northern Mindanao with such kind of declaration by then Governor Jurdin Jesus M. Romualdo.
END/Abegail De Vega