Labor Secretary Silvestre H. Bello III yesterday underscored the importance of education to effectively eliminate child labor in the country.

“Education is a crucial component of any effective effort to eliminate child labor,” Bello told a gathering of anti-child labor advocates at the observance of the World Day Against Child Labor at the St. Scholastica’s College.

“If all children are in school, this can lead to better future for them and their families,” he added.

Bello also said the event’s theme, Walang Batang Naabuso sa Paggawa ng Produkto is “apt and timely because there are still many children who are producing goods in hazardous conditions.”

“This is what we want to eliminate with the help of our partners,” he said.

Bello added that the parents of school children should also be a part of the celebration for having taken the right decision to send their children to schools instead of work.

“Evidence shows that child labor often increases because of poverty, as parents withdraw their children from schools to supplement family income,” Bello said.

He said the efforts of the government to address child labor problems and youth employment in the country are consistently intensifying and continuing.

“The government, through effective partnership, has made progress in curbing child labor in poor communities, a campaign being waged alongside major projects to combat poverty,” he added. — ### Letmaring

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