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250 child laborers from Leyte made happy by Project Angel Tree

 

ORMOC CITY – With the theme “Ligtas na Paggawa, Malusog na Batang Malaya”, the Department of Labor and Employment in Region 8 once again brought joy to 250 child laborers from Kananga, Leyte and Ormoc City during the celebration of World Day against Child Labor held in two separate programs last July 11-12, 2018.

School bags filled with educational supplies such as notebooks, papers and pencils were distributed to the child laborers through the Project Angel Tree of DOLE. The project contains an array of social services that range from food, clothing, educational assistance and other work and training opportunities that will be made available to child laborers and their families.

Present to grace the activity were DOLE RO8 OIC-Assistant Regional Director Cecilio I. Baleña, DOLE West Leyte Field Office Head Marites Z. Viñas, DSWD Social Technology Bureau Director Joel Espejo and DSWD 8 OIC-Assistant Regional Director Marlene L. Kahano.

ARD Baleña highlighted the importance of convergence in the implementation of child labor prevention and elimination programs in the region.

We at the Department of Labor and Employment continue to partner with the different government agencies and non-government organizations in our goal of freeing 1million children from the bondage of hard labor. We encourage the parents of child laborers to avail of the Kabuhayan para sa Magulang ng Batang Manggagawa (KaSaMa) Program which aims to contribute to the prevention and elimination of child labor through provision of decent livelihood opportunities to the parents”, said Baleña.

Aside from the awarding of educational supplies, different contests such as slogan-making and song writing were also participated in by the beneficiaries. The event was capped with the signing of pledge of commitment to fight child labor followed by a ceremonial release of balloons which made the celebration even more meaningful.

The activity was realized in convergence with the Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) who identified the 250 recipients through the Strategic Helpdesks for Information, Education, Livelihood and other Developmental Interventions (SHIELD) Project. The Energy Development Corporation (EDC), which donated 100 bags full of school supplies, was likewise a big contributor to the success of the activity.

The provision of school supplies was intended to motivate the child laborers to attend classes, improve their academic performance and lessen the financial burden of the parents in sending their children to school.


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2018-07-20
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