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Food packs for child laborers through DOLE’s Project Angel Tree

Tacloban City – Some one hundred (100) child laborers received food packs during the Project Angel Tree activity held by the Department of Labor and Employment in partnership with the local government unit of Hilongos, Leyte and the Brotherhood of Christian Businessmen and Professionals-Hilongos Chapter last 17 August 2020 in the said municipality.

Present to grace the activity were Mayor Albert R. Villahermosa, SB Member Manuel R. Villahermosa, and DOLE-Western Leyte Field Office Chief Fe A. Estrella, representing Regional Director Yahya A. Centi. The team of BCBP-Hilongos headed by Mr. Anniver Z. Antolihao were likewise in attendance to show their full supplort during the gift-giving event.

Ms. Estrella, the newly-installed chief of the DOLE-WLFO, said in her message that the activity was conducted to bring aid and relief to the child laborers especially their parents during this time of COVID-19 pandemic. She believes that the grocery packs distributed can somehow ease their burdens and prevent their children from resorting back to any form of child labor.

“During this time of global health crisis, I really believe that the food packs we have given will bring relief to our child laborers and their families. Even in this simple way, we are hoping that our kids will not go back to any form of child labor because as our tagline says, “Children should not work in fields, but on dreams”, said Ms. Estrella.

Chief Estrella likewise did not fail to express gratitude and appreciation to the LGU-Hilongos and the BCBP for their support and generosity.

“My heartfelt thanks and appreciations to our partners, LGU-HIlongos through Mayor Villahermosa and our generous sponsors, the BCBP. Without you, this will not be possible. I hope this will not be the last time we will join hands in this kind of endeavor,” Estrella ended.

Project Angel Tree is a component of the DOLE’s Child Labor Prevention and Elimination Program (CLPEP) which provides an array of social services that range from food, clothing, educational assistance or school supplies and even work and training opportunities made available by sponsors (‘angels’) to child laborers and their families. End/Norma Rae S. Costimiano

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