Labor Secretary Silvestre Bello III said DOLE has so far profiled 85,582 child laborers in 16 regions of which 18,651 were referred to appropriate agencies for the provision of services and assistance needed by the children and their families.
“Profiling of the child laborers is our strategic way of withdrawing children from child labor. We must first assess their needs and refer these children and their families to appropriate agencies and organizations for the provision of necessary assistance to remove them from child labor,” Bello said.
Apart from the nationwide profiling, DOLE has also provided livelihood assistance in form of Negokart and starter kits to parents of child laborers to enable their families to start their livelihood as a preventive measure against child labor.
The labor department has also partnered with the Technical Education and Skills Development Authority (TESDA) and Industrial Tripartite Councils for the provision of skills training to former child laborers to help them land decent employment.
“Eliminating child labor calls for intensified convergence efforts from various government agencies, non-government organizations, local government units, and the communities. We must work together in advocating for a child-labor free Philippines by understanding the problem that puts our children at harm,” Bello said.
During the recent observance of the World Day Against Child Labor held at the GSIS Theater in Pasay City, the DOLE along with its social partners encouraged communities to be active partners of the government in ending child labor.
These initiatives of the labor department are aligned with the Philippine Development Plan 2017-2022, which targets to reduce the cases of child labor by 30 percent or 630,000 from the estimated 2.1 million child laborers nationwide. (PIA InfoComm/DOLE)
By Susan G. De Leon