Agusan del Sur— The Department of Labor and Employment Agusan del Sur Provincial Office (DOLE ADS PO) held an Orientation on Livelihood for the Profiled Parents of Child Laborers Batch I at Esperanza, Agusan del Sur on August 30 at the Mayor’s Conference Room. The activity was attended by 43 participants comprising the parents of child laborers, PESO Manager, Municipal Social Welfare and Development (MSWD), Local Government Unit (LGU), and the Department of Education (DepEd).

The activity is in line with DOLE’s objective to provide orientation on how to start sustainable small business and discuss possible livelihood opportunities for enhanced income to parents of child laborers, and to promote the protection and welfare of children in public and private undertakings. Mr. Kerviy B. Granada, Provincial Child Labor Program Coordinator, discussed the rationale of Republic Act 9231 or An Act Providing for the Elimination of the Worst Forms of Child Labor and Affording Stronger Protection for The Working Child, amending for this Purpose Republic Act no. 7610, As Amended, Otherwise Known as the “Special Protection of Children Against Child Abuse, Exploitation and Discrimination Act.

“Empowering the parents of the child laborers and disseminating awareness to the sectors in the community would promote protection and welfare of these young individuals,” Ms. Pauline Jaramillo, PESO Manager of Esperanza, emphasized in her welcome remarks.

Mr. Maximo C. Magallen, Senior Labor and Employment Officer II at the same time the DOLE Integrated Livelihood Program and Emergency Employment Programs (DILEEP) provincial focal further elaborated the provisions of RA 9231.

On the other, the regional focal of DILEEP, Ms. Ronabeth B. Cabañas, presented the revised guidelines in the implementation of DILEEP.

At the end of the orientation the participants were made to organize a group in a form of an association, proposed a group project to DOLE for Kabuhayan Program formation and took full responsibility of starting the business and making it sustainable.

The activity was successfully conducted with the full participation and commitment of the parents of child laborers to ensure increased earnings through livelihood, continued availment of formal school, services or alternative learning schools. Most of all, that they should no longer engage their children to work especially in hazardous workplace.

MICHELLE FATE L. SALCEDO