DOLE tackles plight of 2,453 parents of child laborers in Cagayan
CITY OF TUGUEGARAO, Cagayana, June 5 (PIA) – – -The Department of Labor and Employment (DOLE) Region 2 through its field office in Cagayan-Batanes (CBFO) intensified the implementation of the Prevention Program and elimination of child labor (CLPEP) to combat the plight of the 2,453 parents of child laborers in the province.
Prexie A. Caronan, head of DOLE CBFO, says they plan to step up the engagement of local government units (LGUs) and barangays to take the lead in educating parents on the issue.
She further urges local officials to support local livelihood opportunities for parents of child laborers so that their children are not forced to work just to help increase their families’ incomes.
Given the strict health and safety protocols that limit the access of DOLE staff to areas, the strategy to involve barangay officials in the campaign to end child labor is timely and feasible, Caronan added. . DOLE staff are about to conduct a barangay-based orientation on eliminating and preventing child labor.
Meanwhile, Director Joel M. Gonzales of DOLE Region 2 said the fight to secure children’s rights and tackle child labor is a shared responsibility between different government agencies, the business sector, non-government agencies. government and other stakeholders mandated to promote the rights and well-being of children.
Gonzales urges field office heads and DOLE focal persons to step up their commitments to support the government’s efforts to eliminate and prevent child labor in collaboration with the Office of the Public Employment Service (PESO ) of LGUs. “Let us not forget to put our heart into demonstrating our duty to protect children,” he added.
The region also recently organized a virtual orientation seminar on the elimination and prevention of child labor for managers, facilitators, encoders, field office managers and PESO focal points from the region, recognizing the need to promote a better understanding of the prevention of hazardous child labor.
Gonzales further hopes for the full cooperation of LGUs so that children have the opportunity to develop in a safe environment and have the chance to become productive and better leaders of tomorrow.
In addition, the director ordered all field offices to start profiling child laborers in their respective provinces in order to assess the needs of children involved in hazardous work and their parents so that appropriate intervention can be given. .
The department has strengthened the implementation of various programs and mechanisms designed to address the worst forms of child labor. These are slavery, the sale and trafficking of children, forced labor; the use of children for prostitution, pornography and illegal activities; and hazardous work, which affects the health, safety and morale of children.
The region is expected to have at least 7,666 child laborers this year. Parents of child laborers can benefit from DOLE’s livelihood programs. Other needs of children and their parents should be referred to relevant government agencies such as DSWD, DepEd, TESDA, DTI, among others in order to provide appropriate interventions. (PIA-2)