DAVAO DEL NORTE, Nov. 17 (PIA) -- The Provincial Government of Davao Del Norte in cooperation with various national government agencies (NGA) and non-government organizations (NGO) strengthens its intervention programs against child labor.
This was the gist of the discussion of guests from the Department of Labor and Employment (DOLE) and Child Fund International (NGO) in a radio program, “Kasamtangang Katikaran Sa Kalambuan (KKK) hosted by Dr. Mervin Jay Z. Suaybaguio of the Provincial Information Communication and Knowledge Management Office (PICKMO).
DOLE Davao del Norte division head on livelihood intervention, Lalaine Apugan; DOLE-Davao del Norte community facilitator Dave Andrie Villegas; and Michel Robin-Pascal of Child Fund International discussed the situation of child labor in Davao Del Norte and how their institutions formulated interventions against it.
"Based sa among research, dili gyud tinuyuan sa mga bata na ma-involved sa child labor kundili tungod gyud sa kapobrehon sa ilang mga ginikanan (Based on our research, the children do not intentionally involve themselves in child labor but the poverty of their parents pushed them)," said Apugan emphasizing the role of poverty in child labor.
She also discussed one characteristic of child labor.
"Katong mga bata nga gatrabaho kung asa makaguba sa iyang self-determination, maguba ang iyang physical ug emotional nga pag-grow niya sa society, isa na sya ka dako na makaingon ta nga child labor (Those children who work under settings detrimental to their self-determination, physical and emotional growth in the society can be considered as child labor issue)," she added.
Villegas also highlighted the milestones of DOLE in combating child labor.
"Part sa atong intervention campaign is ang paghatag ug ayuda or livelihood sa atong mga child laborer parents ug sa child laborers gikan 2016 na mga naprofile nato (We give assistance and livelihood projects to the parents of the children involved in child labor identified since 2016 as part of our intervention campaign)," Villegas said.
He also thanked Child Fund International as its active NGO partner in implementing their programs.
"Thankful mi sa pagpalapad aning programa tungod sa pagtabang sa Child Fund Philippines tungod kay palangga gyud kaayo nila ang Davao Del Norte kay naghimo gyud silag profiling ilaha ug nagbubo gyud silang saktong pondo para sa mga kabataan sa Davao Del Norte labi na sa agricultural sectors kung asa naapil ang daghan nga mga child laborers (We are grateful for Child Fund Philippines' assistance in growing this program since they genuinely care about Davao Del Norte's children and fund appropriately for them, particularly in the agricultural industries where many child laborers are employed)," he added.
Michel Robin-Bacsal, a former TV personality also enumerated the efforts of Child Fund International, as its representative.
"Ang Building Capacity Awareness Advocacy and Program gipondohan sa United States Department of Labor kung asa gihatagan ug pagtagad ang problema nato sa child labor diri sa Pilipinas. Nahuman nami’g enumeration sa Barangay Salvacion, San Miguel, Magsaysay, ug Alejal, sa Panabo (The Building Capacity Awareness Advocacy and Program is funded by the United States Department of Labor where our problem of child labor here in the Philippines is addressed. We completed the enumeration in Barangays Salvacion, San Miguel, Magsaysay, and Alejal, in Panabo)," Robin-Bacsal said.
She further said that the problem of child labor can only be addressed holistically if the parents will be educated on the impact of child labor on children.
"Kung dili masabtan sa mga ginikanan ang impact sa child labor sa mga kabataan, dili mahuman ang problema sa child labor ug magpadayon lang ang cycle sa kapobrehon, magpadayon lang ang cycle sa child labor (If parents do not understand the impact of child labor on children, the problem of child labor will not end and the cycle of poverty will only continue, the cycle of child labor will only continue)," she added. (PIA XI Davao del Norte/jmda/Ezri M. Coda, Jr.)