Passionate to deliver the message of child labor eradication in all its worst forms, Labor and Employment Secretary Rosalinda Dimapilis-Baldoz yesterday threw her full support to the ‘Batang Malaya: Freedom from Child Labor Concert’ slated on 12 June 2015 at the Rizal Park Open Air Auditorium, and enjoined the public to watch the free concert which will unfold after the traditional ‘Araw ng Kalayaan 2015 Jobs Fair’ mounted by the Department of Labor and Employment at the Rizal Park, City of Manila.
“Mahalaga ang araw na ito dahil bukod sa pagdiriwang ng kalayaan ng ating bansa, ginugunita din natin ang World Day against Child Labor, ang araw na nakatuon ang ating kamalayan sa problema ng child labor, ang pangangailangan na ito ay masugpo, at kung ano ang dapat nating gawin upang ang mga bata ay mahango sachild labor, said Baldoz.
The open to the public concert kicks off at 5:30 PM.
A stellar cast of artist-performers is lending their talents to the event. Arnel Pineda, Itchyworms, Gloc 9, Noel Cabangon, Aiza Seguerra, Apl d Ap, Ebe Dancel, and the Going Bulilit Kids, have lined themselves up for the event.
Baldoz underscored the relevance of the concert to the commemoration of the Independence Day, saying the ‘World Day against Child Labor,’ which is also celebrated on June 12, is a continuing battle against all ‘worst forms of child labor,’ while the former is a national celebration of freedom and liberty.
Led by the International Labor Organization, the concert auspiciously links the themes of freedom and the fight against child labor.
The ILO is packaging the concert as “an alternative class on social studies with child labor as the subject; and with topics to be delivered through songs, spiels from the artists, narratives of the emcee, and video presentations.”
ILO partners with RockEd, the National Historical Commission of the Philippines (NHCP), and the National Child Labor Committee (NCLC) in bringing the message across through music and entertainment.
“This year’s internationally-observed theme, which is ‘No to Child Labor, Yes to Quality Education,’ is a declaration of our unified action against the ill effects of child labor. This also conveys the essential value of education and training as a potent weapon in curbing child labor,” said Baldoz.
The labor and employment chief also enjoined everyone to support DOLE’s Child Labor-Free Barangay campaign and in recognizing Child Labor-Free Establishments. “Join us in our march towards a Child Labor-Free Philippines,” said Baldoz.
She commended the artists for their commitment to share their talents, as well as the supporters and organizers, led by the ILO and the DOLE’s partners in the Philippine Program against Child Labor, for bringing forth the ‘Freedom from Child Labor Concert.’