DAVAO CITY – Several government agencies pledged yesterday to help in the fight against child labor in the region.
During the 1st Anti-Child Labor Summit organized by the regional office of the Department of Labor and Employment at SMX Lanang, representatives from the key government offices inked a Joint Memorandum Circular for the implementation of H.E.L.P. M.E. Convergence Program in the presence of DOLE Secretary Rosalinda Dimapilis-Baldoz.
The H.E.L.P. M.E. Convergence Program aims to engage government offices in extending programs and services to Child Labor hotspot communities to eliminate the presence of child laborers in these areas.
Under this program, they will provide Health Services and Medical Assistance (H), Education and Trainings (E), Livelihood Opportunities for the parents of child laborers (L), Prevention, Protection, and Prosecution (P), Monitoring (M) and Evaluation (E).
DOLE 11 regional director Joffrey M. Suyao said they targetted the baranggays for this program because they wanted to reach the informal sector as it has the most presence of child labors.
“Mahirap sa informal sectors that is why we tap the baranggays because they can identify these,” he said.
(It is very hard to reach the informal sectors that is why we tap the baranggays because they can identify these (for profilling).)
“We are challenging the baranggays to clear their communities from child labor and make it child-labor-free,” he added.
As of 2009, there are about 400,000 child laborers in Davao Region.
This is the 3rd year of the H.E.L.P. M.E. Convergence Program to Address Child Labor which enjoined the DOLE, Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD), Department of Education (DepEd), Department of Health (DOH), Department of Interior and Local Government (DILG), Department of Agriculture (DA), Department of Justice (DOJ), Technical Education and Skills Development Authority (TESDA), National Economic and Development Authority (NEDA), Philippine Information Agency (PIA) and National Commission on Indigenous People (NCIP) among others.
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