ILOILO CITY (PIA) - - The Department of Labor and Employment (DOLE) Regional Office No. 6 has tied up with the municipality Dumangas, Iloilo to help improve the economic conditions of parents and their children as part of the efforts to stop and eliminate child labor in the region.
With DOLE’s referral, Dumangas town provided parents of 33 child laborers with a livelihood financial assistance of P5,000 each aimed at improving their economic condition and to prevent their children from work that poses danger to their physical, mental, social and moral well-being, the agency’s press report said.
DOLE 6, through its Iloilo Field Office, has conducted a profiling in Dumangas, and as reported by its field facilitators, the need assessment suggested the desire of parents of child laborers for financial assistance in starting a business such as sari-sari store, pinasugbo making, and rice retailing.
DOLE 6 Regional Director lawyer Sixto T. Rodriguez, Jr. felt the need of the parents and immediately directed the Iloilo Field Office to coordinate with the local government unit of Dumangas, Iloilo.
“As a prime mover of the child labor prevention and elimination program (CLPEP), it is our mandate to coordinate with the appropriate agency and provide all necessary assistance in our capacity to avoid and eliminate cases of child labor,” Rodriguez said in the press report.
Dumangas town responded positively, and through its Public Employment Service Office (PESO) and the Municipal Social Welfare and Development Officer (MSWDO), provided assistance, and committed to provide trainings to beneficiaries to ensure proper management and sustainability of the projects.
“This the beauty of the (CLPEP) of the DOLE for it does not only identify working children and child laborers, but it refers the concerns of the families of these children to appropriate government agencies, including the DOLE, for provision of possible assistance,” said DOLE Iloilo Field Office head Melisa S. Navarra.
Iloilo Field Office also provided additional assistance like gift packs containing ethyl alcohol, medical face masks, notebooks, pad papers, pens, biscuits, and powdered milk in sachets under Project Angel Tree which is a component program of the CLPEP.
“Through this activity, we can see that convergence of various government agencies in helping the vulnerable sector is transparent and felt at grassroots level,” PESO Dumangas Manager Jephony Derequito said.
The CLPEP of DOLE is an array of programs and services which aims to remove children from child labor particularly in its worst forms by providing focused, converged and synchronized strategies from all concerned national government agencies and local government unit. (DOLE 6/laf/PIA6-Iloilo)