In contribution to the vision of a child-labor-free country, the Department of Labor and Employment Surigao del Sur Field Office (DOLE SDSFO) continues to exert maximum effort in assisting not only the profiled child laborers but also their parents.

Recently, fifty parents of profiled child laborers from Tandag, Surigao del Sur received emergency employment through DOLE Tulong Panghanapbuhay sa Ating Disadvantaged/Displaced Workers (TUPAD). The beneficiaries were assigned to community and coastal clean-up.

The parents expressed their grattitude for having given the opportunity to be part of the program. “Pasalamat ako kay naapil kami sa DOLE TUPAD. Kibali dako na yaon ako nga kalipay nga yakuha ako, abag-abag gihapon. Dili ako uyon nga managat an ako bata pero tungod sa kalisud iya kagustohan nga manarbaho na para makatabang sa amo. Pero karun ako na giingnan ako bata na moundang na siya sa panagat kay dili maayo nga motrabaho na siya kay bata pa,” one of the beneficiaries shared.

142 identified parents of profiled child laborers in Surigao del Sur are set to be given emergency employment upon assessment and validation of the community facilitator: 45 beneficiaries from Cagwait, 11 from Tago, 30 from Hinatuan, 21 from Bislig, and 35 from San Miguel.

The provision of emergency employment is in line with the efforts of the agency to augment the needs of child laborers and their families. DOLE SDSFO aims to reach more parents of child laborers to gain significant results in the fight against child labor. Together with this effort is the continuous advocacy awareness of the Child Labor Prevention and Elimination Program (CLPEP) team toward the child and their parents.