Dr. Alexander Gumabol, provincial head of the Department of Labor and Employment (DOLE), explained to the Provincial Federation officers of the Kalipunan ng Liping Pilipina (KALIPI) – Abra Chapter during their second quarter meeting recently.
Gumabol explained that the elements of child labor include the following; the child is below 18 years of age, and his work poses health hazards, he works for straight eight hours a day and most of all, he is deprived of the basic needs such as food, shelter, clothing and education.
On the other hand, Labor and Employment Officer Gil M. Datayan elaborated that child work 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. The household chores are cleaning the house, dishwashing, and other household tasks or family business where the child is not exposed to health hazards. Most importantly, the child is provided with all the basic necessities in life such as food, shelter, clothing and education. Furthermore, the child must be given opportunities to play.
Datayan emphasized that in child work, the child is not enslaved but only trained and no provision of the law on child labor is violated.
Gumabol challenged the KALIPI in the observance of the law on the protection of children especially the girl children. He said the KALIPI should be bold enough in their intervention to push for the protection of children. (PIA Abra)