Date of Release: May 20, 2016
End Child Labor: 1 Milyong Batang Malaya by 2025
The “Batang Malaya” Communication and Campaign Planning Workshop was recently conducted on May 11-14, 2016 at the Baguio Country Club, Baguio City sponsored by the International Labour Organization (ILO) with Mr. Julius C. Cainglet, Assistant Vice President of Federation of Free Workers (FFW) and Chairperson of NCLC Knowledge Management Sub-Committee acted as the over-all facilitator of the activity.
The activity was spearheaded by the DOLE-Bureau of Workers with Special Concerns aimed to come-up with a two-year communication plan (2016-2018) supporting the vision on child-labor free Philippines with the goal to remove one million children from child labor by 2025.
The workshop was participated in by the Knowledge Management Sub-Committee members, namely Federation of Free Workers (FFW), selected St. Scholastica student partners, National Youth Commission (NYC), ERDA Foundation, Trade Union Congress of the Philippines (TUCP), National Council on Social Development (NDSD), Council for the Welfare of Children (CWC), National Commission on Indigenous People (NCIP)-Cordillera Administrative Region (DOLE-CAR), DOLE national offices (e.g. Institute for Labor Studies, Bureau of Workers with Special Concerns, etc.) and selected regional offices, particularly the Labor Law Compliance Officers (LLCO).
DOLE CAR Regional Director Nathaniel Lacamba inspired the participants with his welcome message and an inspirational message from Mr. Giovanni Soledad of ILO.
Resource Persons invited were Ms. Beth Casin of DOLE-BWSC Prof. Wowie Lomibao, Executive Director of Kanlungan Center Foundation. A professor at St. Scholastica and a graduate of UP Mass Communication. Ms. Casin presented the updates and developments on Child Labor that highlighted the following major projects of DOLE-BWSC in collaboration with partner agencies: Sagip Batang Manggagawa was initiated in 1993 with 3,500 child laborers rescued; 47 establishments permanently closed most in NCR, Region 6 and 7; Kabuhayan Para sa Magulang ng Batang Manggagawa like Nego Kart/Kit; Impact evaluation on livelihood assistance; Project Angel Tree; 213 barangays recognized as Child Labor Free Barangays;182 Child Labor-Free Establishments certified; H.E.L.P. M.E. convergence program (Health, education, livelihood and prevention, protection and prosecution, monitoring, and evaluation); Training of LCCOs on child labor inspection skills; Pantawid Pamilyang Pilipino Program with child labor initiative; Guidelines on Handling Child Laborers and Working Children in School (w/ DepEd); Philippine Program Against Child Labor (PPACL); Observance of World Day Against Child Labor (WDACL); and NYC Assistant Secretary Dingdong Dantes agreed in principle as the Ambassador on Child Labor advocacy.
Prof. Lomibao discussed the communication in advocacy and development, legal and ethical issues, standards and protocols.
The workshop ended with important message from Director Ahmma Charisma Lobrin-Satumba
of DOLE-BWSC. She expressed her appreciation to the partner agencies for the Philippines made a significant advancement in efforts to eliminate the worst forms of child labor as reflected by the United States Department of Labor (US DOL) report.
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Written by: Ma. Edna Lapuz-Estal
Public Affairs Information Office
Tel. No. 7811039 local 1005