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In support to DOLE’s child labor-free LGUs campaign, Northern Samar passes Provincial Ordinance ag

 

 TACLOBAN CITY--- The provincial government of Northern Samar recently passed a Provincial Ordinance on Anti-Child Labor to strongly show its support and commitment to the child labor-free LGUs campaign of the Department of Labor and Employment. 

Provincial Ordinance No. 11 series of 2012 defines and penalizes the use of child labor, and provides for a program for the prevention and elimination of child labor in Northern Samar, and 1 million initial funds for its implementation.

            DOLE OIC Regional Director commended the province of Northern Samar through Governor Paul Daza, for its initiative and firm commitment to address child labor menace in the province, thereby contributing to the achievement of the government’s vision of a child labor-free Philippines.

“We salute the officials of the province of Northern Samar and we take pride of its leaders for it is the first province in the country that was able to pass an ordinance against child labor and provided funding for its implementation.  This shows the seriousness of the provincial government in eliminating child labor in the province of Northern Samar.

Aside from the 1 million pesos funding, other features of the provincial ordinance include the creation of the Northern Samar Child Labor Committee that is primarily responsible for the administration, implementation and enforcement of the ordinance.  It is chaired by the Provincial Governor, co-chaired by DOLE Provincial Head, with government agencies and private stakeholders as members.  The said ordinance also mandates the creation of Municipal Child Labor Committee, and Child Labor Protection Desk in all police stations managed by policemen to receive complaints and problems, and to assist the victims of child labor.

In pursuit of its mandate, the Northern Samar Child Labor Committee has set its plan for 2013 to include, among others, the conduct of strategic planning, incentivizing BCBPC functionality through the search for Best BCPC, establishing vertical link for child labor through focal persons who must be capacitated, and conduct child labor congress.

Meanwhile, 14 barangays also in the province of Northern Samar have passed barangay ordinances for the prevention and elimination of child labor, and resolutions organizing or reactivating their Barangay Councils for the Protection of Children, after the DOLE regional office 8 conducted workshops on how to craft the said policies.  These are barangay Baybay, Dalakit Cawayan, Narra, Ipil-Ipil and Bangkerohan in Catarman, brgy. Eco, Imelda Makiwalo and Nenita in Mondragon, brgy. Little Venice, Dapdap and San Isidro in Laoang, Northern Samar.

Sarcauga explained that the child labor ordinances set the policies and guidelines at the provincial and barangay level on how to curb child labor in their areas.  It is also one of the indicators in achieving a child-labor-free status in their province.

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2012-12-26
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