The Department of Labor and Employment Surigao del Sur Field Office (DOLE SDSFO) awarded Php 646,575.00 worth of livelihood assistance to 32 parents of child laborers who were profiled and assessed under the Child Labor Prevention and Elimination Program. 

Through the DOLE Integrated Livelihood Program, five parents received each a set of cooking materials for their food business; a parent received a laundry set for on-call laundry service, and twenty-six parents were given pump boat mechanical engine sets for their fishing livelihood. All of these were made possible through DOLE’s convergence efforts with the City Government of Tandag.

Municipal Mayor Roxanne C. Pimentel extended her heartfelt gratitude to DOLE for the support to the parents of child laborers. 

“Thanks to DOLE for the support. (I am) hoping that you, the parents, will be able to sustain your livelihood as an instrument to provide for your child’s needs. I also hope that you will be able to send them to school, paving the way for a brighter tomorrow,” Mayor Pimentel said.

“Kami dakong pasalamat sa DOLE mahitungod sa livelihood na gihatag kanamu mga Parents nan Child laborer. Sugod karon, dili na kaylangan nan amo mga anak magtrabaho para makatabang sa amo pamilya kay kuman may amo na sakto na panginabuhian na maka sustinto sa ila mga panginahanglan. Kay isip isa ka ginikanan sakit lantawon na an amo anak nagatrabo para makuha ug makatabang kanamu na ginikanan na kun buot hunahunaon amo yaon responsibilidad pero waray amo mahimo tungod sa kalisud ug way amo tadong na panginabuhian,” one of the recipients said.

The Child Labor Prevention and Elimination Program (CLPEP) is DOLE’s contribution to the Philippine Program Against Child Labor of the national government. Its main aim is to remove children from child labor especially in worst forms. In support of the program’s beneficiaries, DOLE continues to implement the Kabuhayan or DOLE Integrated Livelihood Program (DILP) which provides livelihood assistance to marginalized groups including parents whose children were profiled under CLPEP.