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In Manila, DOLE intensifies “Child Labor- Free Barangay” campaign, saves three barangays in Tondo May 30, 2013

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In Manila, DOLE intensifies “Child Labor- Free Barangay” campaign, saves three barangays in Tondo May 30, 2013
In a bid to address the persistent problem of child labor in the Metro Manila, the Department of Labor and Employment- National Capital Region recently cascaded its ‘Child Labor- Free Barangay’ campaign in the streets of Tondo to save child laborers and their parents from hazardous work.

Citing a report from DOLE NCR Regional Director Alan Macaraya, Labor and Employment Secretary Dimapilis-Baldoz lauded the DOLE NCR for leading the official launch of “Child Labor- Free Barangay” Campaign in the 1st District of Manila.

During the launching last 6 May 2013 at Tondo Sports Complex, over 100 parents of the child laborers in barangays 109, 107, and 91 of the 1st District of Manila were awarded livelihood packages amounting to P350,000.

“Providing the parents with livelihood assistance is the DOLE’s way of helping each family start anew and for their children to live free, happy, and healthy in a safe environment,” Baldoz said.

Executive Director of Samahang Lakas ng Inang Manilenyo Cristy Lim-Raymundo also joined the child labor-free campaign as a sign of the association’s commitment to the DOLE’s advocacy to save child laborers.

Showing a solid convergence against child labor, the launching was also graced by representatives from the Departments of Education, Social Welfare and Development, and Interior and Local Government; and the Philippine National Police.

The chairpersons of the three barangay-beneficiaries, namely: Barangay 91 Chairwoman Maria Elisa Asilo, Barangay 109 Chairwoman Josefina Tandog, and Barangay 107 Chairman Dominador Caccam, Jr. expressed their thanks to the DOLE for the assistance provided parents of the child laborers. 

On their part, the parents-beneficiaries made their ”Panunumpa sa Katungkulan” to signify and seal their commitment in being instruments in making their areas a “Child Labor-Free Barangay”.

“We will continuously exert efforts in providing various programs anchored on the National Child Labor Program. Through the convergence program, the DOLE, its partners, and other stakeholders, especially the people in the community, would be able to curb child labor in the country,” Baldoz said, adding that that President Benigno S. Aquino III’s administration is very determined to curb child labor using this barangay-based approach convergence program.

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