Atty. Sarah Buena S. Mirasol, DOLE regional director, said they need 16 facilitators to conduct the profiling and to determine the exact location of the families with child laborers.
The profiling, she said will serve as basis of various concerned government agencies in the provision of appropriate services and interventions necessary to remove the children from child labor.
“This is important for us to know what are the reasons why there are child laborers in the family,” Mirasol said.
She said there were more than 1,000 child laborers profiled in the previous years where 400 of them have already given livelihood assistance.
Mirasol also emphasized that the profiling will also evaluate whether these cases of working children fall under child labor or child work.
“The child labor cases are the employment of children in hazardous occupations below the age of eighteen (18), or without the proper conditions and requirements below the age of fifteen (15), where children are compelled to work on a regular basis to earn a living for themselves and their families," the lady director said.
Child work, she added is simply helping in the household chores as a way of discipline or training for the child, and under supervision of the parents or guardian such as cleaning the house, dishwashing, and other household tasks or family business where the child is not exposed to health hazards. (ALM/BME/PIA-2)
By Oliver T. Baccay