Department of Labor and Employment (DOLE) in collaboration with Provincial-Local Employment and Management Office (PLEMO) and PLGU PESO successfully distributed school supplies for 30 profiled child laborers in Dinagat.

Beneficiaries received the educational assistance on October 22, 2019, at 1 o’clock in the afternoon at the Provincial Local Employment and Management Office (PLEMO), Brgy. Cuarenta, San Jose, PDI.

The activity was made possible through the efforts of the Provincial Local Employment and Manpower Office (PLEMO) headed by Ms. Emma Y. Mausisa, and in coordination with the CLP Facilitator Ms. Alna M. Tamesis.

The 30 beneficiaries under the CLP came from Barangay Cuarenta; Barangay Don Ruben; Barangay Luna of the Municipality of San Jose; Province of Dinagat Islands. The beneficiaries were identified as child laborers based on the profiling activities conducted by CLP enumerators.

The CLP is a program which aims to transform the lives of child laborers and their families towards their sense of self-worth, empowerment and development. DOLE once again proved true to its objective to work towards the prevention and elimination of child labor through protection; withdrawal; healing and reintegration of child workers into a caring society.

The beneficiaries of CLP were also encouraged to invest in education as this is the key component to alleviate child labor since there is no simple-fix for child labor, nor a universal blueprint for action. Even if overcome in certain places or sectors, it will seek out opportunities to reappear in new and often unanticipated ways.

“Kami nagapasalamat kay gigahinan ninyu ug oras ang atung panagtipon karung hapona. Hinaot nga malipay kamo sa among ginagmay nga pahalipay ngadto sa inyong mga bata.”  (Ms. Emma A. Mausisa, PLGU PESO Manager)

The beneficiaries showed gratitude through one of their statements: “Nalipay mi ma’am kay nakadawat mig bag ug pencil case. Ug salamat kay naa nami magamit sa among pag-eskwela.” – a beneficiary of Child Labor Program.

Education is a vital factor in any effective effort to eradicate child labor. Poverty and social exclusion, labor mobility, discrimination and lack of adequate social protection and educational opportunity greatly influence child labor outcomes.