Labor and Employment Officer III Joseph Tuguinay said this activity was held to help address the 2016 findings of the Philippines Statistics Authority that there are more than 70,000 child laborers in the Cordillera Region that should be minimized or eradicated by the year 2022.
The State, he said, shall provide special protection to children from all forms of abuse, neglect, cruelty exploitation and discrimination and other conditions prejudicial to their development including child labor and its worst forms.
Republic Act 9231 or the Anti-Child Labor Law defines child as any person under 18 years of age or more who cannot protect himself from being abused or exploited.
Child labor refers to any work or economic activity performed by a child that subjects him or her to any form of exploitation or is harmful to his or her health and safety or physical, mental or psycho-social development. This includes employment as a model in any advertisement directly or indirectly promoting alcoholic beverages, intoxicating drinks, tobacco and its byproducts, gambling or any form of violence or pornography.
The worst form of child labor include all forms of slavery, the use, procuring, offering or exposing a child for prostitution, for the production of pornography or for pornographic performances, use of a child for illegal or illicit activities such the production and trafficking of dangerous drugs and works which by their nature or circumstances in which they are carried out is hazardous or likely to be harmful to the health, safety or morals of children, he explained.
On the other hand, child work refers to a child 18 years of age performing work or economic activity that is not child labor, or a child below 15 years of age who is either working directly under the responsibility of his or her parents or legal guardian and where only members of the child’s family are employed or in public entertainment or information which is not prohibited by the law.
To help address child labor concerns, DOLE-Ifugao employed 12 young professionals under the Government Internship Program to work in the profiling of child laborers in Ifugao from June 4 to December 3, 2018.( PIA Ifugao)