During its 2nd Quarter meeting at Watergate, Butuan City, the Caraga Regional Tripartite Industry Peace Council (CRTIPC) approved two resolutions strengthening the campaign against child labor.

CRTIPC Resolution No. 04, series of 2022 or the “Adoption of Child Labor Awareness Campaign in Celebration of World Day Against Child Labor”, urges private establishments, national government agencies, social partners, civil society organizations, including schools, youth, and women’s groups as well as the media to support the campaign against child labor. These organizations are encouraged to display posters, tarpaulins, and other anti-child labor information materials in the most conspicuous places of their establishments, websites, and social media accounts, and invited to join the #RaiseYourHandsForKids challenge. The challenge is done by drawing a big smiley face on one’s palm, raising one’s hand, taking a photo of oneself, and posting on social media with the hashtag #RaiseYourHandForKids. It is a simple way to express one’s feelings and raise awareness without launching into a speech about child labor.

Another CRTIPC Resolution No. 05, series of 2022 seeks to “Intensify and Strengthen Advocacy and Awareness-Raising on Child Rights and Prioritize Provision of Education and Social Services to Child Laborers and their Families in Bayugan, La Paz, and Loreto”. In this resolution, La Paz, Loreto, and Bayugan are given priority in the provision of necessary education and social services due to the high incidence of out-of-school and school dropouts in the identified areas.

The meeting was headed by the Department of Labor and Employment Regional Director and CRTIPC Chairperson Joffrey M. Suyao, with the Regional Vice-Chair for Labor Sector, Mr. Rosauro O. Pepito from the Associated Labor Union-Trade Union Congress of the Philippines (ALU-TUCP), and the Regional Vice-Chair for Employer Sector, Ms. Cristina Hemdy R. Arcillas from the Butuan City Chamber of Commerce and Industry Foundation, Inc. (BCCCIFI). Present in the meeting were the members of the CRTIPC, representatives from the DOLE Regional Coordinating Committee and DOLE Caraga senior officials.

RD Suyao thanked the tripartite partners in their commitment to further the department’s fight against child labor, “The approved resolutions are a huge contribution to the department’s vision of a child-labor-free Philippines. Thank you for your strong resolve to keep our children in school and away from child labor.”

The meeting concluded with the council members taking part in the #RaiseYourHandForKids challenge.