US labor department lauds anti-child labor feat in Region 4A

Date Posted: August 29th, 2017 02:12 PM

The Department of Labor and Employment’s campaign against child labor was recently cited by officials of the US Department of Labor after visiting Angono, Rizal–the first child labor-free municipality in the country.

 

US officials Monika Hartsel and Rommel Calderwood were at the municipality to learn how the local government and other stakeholders have eliminated child labor in the barangays and sustained the community’s child labor-free status.

 

During the visit, Public Employment Service Office (PESO) in-charge Jolan Aralar presented the town’s child labor-free municipality program, while barangay chairmen narrated their efforts in delivering interventions such as identifying and profiling of child laborers, and the provision of training and livelihood to parents and households where child workers were initially identified.

 

School supervisor Dr. Maribeth de Dios certified that all identified child laborers were brought back to school and are still in school since the program was implemented in Angono.

 

Hartsel, recognizing the collective efforts and expressing her admiration, noted that the town’s template in solving child labor can be replicated by other local government units.

 

The local government had signed an agreement with DOLE and the Department of Interior and Local Government (DILG) to support and implement the campaign for a Child Labor-Free Municipality.

 

A year later, the barangay officials were oriented on how to manage, reduce, and eventually eradicate child labor incidence.

 

Through DOLE’s P750,000 grant, raw materials, equipment and tools were provided to start up livelihood projects for barangays Kalayaan and Mahabang Parang. The projects were doormat and rag making and production of homecare products. The projects augmented the income of parents of identified child laborers to lessen cases of child labor.

 

Angono was recognized as the first child labor-free municipality in August last year.

 

DOLE CALABARZON Regional Director Ma. Zenaida A. Angara-Campita noted the support of Mayor Gerry Calderon as a key factor in effectively addressing child labor incidence in the municipality.

 

END/aldm/with reports from Jorge Manuel C. Laude (DOLE RO-4A)

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