Labor and Employment Secretary Rosalinda Dimapilis-Baldoz yesterday commended the Labor Communications Office after it revived the DOLE’s Kapit-bahay Ko, Responsibilidad Ko, a corporate social responsibility project she initiated in 2010 for children of parents living around Barangay 657 in Intramuros, Manila, where the DOLE Central Office is located.

Kapit-bahay Ko, Responsibilidad Ko was aimed at complementing the DOLE’s efforts against child labor by keeping children in school, and the DOLE, in 2010, spearheaded the CSR project by adopting Brgy. 657. It helped establish a community library in the barangay’s Day Care Center, and feeding the children every Monday. Baldoz herself,  joined by Labor Communications Office Director Nicon Fameronag and other top DOLE officials, led in one of these feeding activities.

The LCO, through the DOLE Library, also held story-telling sessions for the children in the barangay in a bid to instill in them the value of reading and introducing them to a world of books and away from unhealthy activities, such as drug use. Kapit-bahay Ko, Responsibilidad Ko was temporarily put in the backburner when funds for the feeding stopped coming.

Now, the LCO has revived Kapit-bahay Ko, Responsibilidad Ko to continue what Secretary Baldoz had started. Director Fameronag had instructed DOLE Librarian Maria Teresa Cabance to update the profile of the children and the parents of the barangay so a more focused program of assistance can be tailored.

In a meeting with Brgy. 657 chief Glady’s de Jesus, Director Fameronag assured the parents of DOLE’s continuing support to the CSR project.

Last February 13, the LCO held another reading session for some 20 children in the barangay. Even some parents attended the story-telling session, held at the Day Care Center where the community library is located.

“The DOLE Library’s story-telling activity promotes the value of reading,” said Baldoz who is a lawyer and an avid reader herself. “It is an effective measure of preventing children from engaging in activities that may divert their attention from school.”

Baldoz encouraged the LCO to expand the activities under the Kapit-bahay Ko, Responsibilidad Ko project and provide other assistance to the barangay.

Fameronag said he had already instructed Librarian Cabance to monitor the impact of the story-telling on the school attendance of the children.

“Plans are afoot to also continue the feeding. I have broached the idea to DOLE-NCR Regional Director Alex Avila and he promised support to the Kapit-bahay Ko, Responsibilidad Ko project,” he said.


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