The Department of Labor and Employment – National Capital Region intensifies its advocacy on “Child Labor-Free Barangays” with the conduct of a capability-building seminar and action-planning workshop for the implementers of “Child Labor-Free Barangays” at View Park Hotel, Tagaytay City on March 5-7, 2013.
The activity aims to ensure the success of the program and to strengthen partnership with the Local Government Unit (LGUs) having jurisdiction over the target barangays, and to guarantee the success of the Child Labor Prevention and Elimination Program (CLPEP) of the Department in Metro Manila.
The three-day activity targets to orient participants on existing Anti-Child Labor Law and other related laws as well as on necessary actions to take in ensuring success of the CLPEP. It is also designed to: discuss and identify programs, projects and services that will benefit families and victims of child labor; come up with a three-year action plan for barangays with identified incidence of child labor; and create project monitoring and evaluation team to focus on the project.
About 80 participants came, including representatives from different government agencies in NCR such as the DILG, NSO, DSWD, DepEd, and the City Health Office of Las Piñas and Mandaluyong which comprise the Regional Child Labor Committee (RCLC). The DOLE-NCR Child Labor Program (CLP) Field Coordinators joined the activity. Also present were the barangay captains and other barangay officials and representatives of the six (6) participating barangays, namely Brgy. Hulo (Mandaluyong City), Brgy. 201 (Pasay City), Brgy. Pasong Putik (Quezon City), Brgy. Bagong Barrio (Caloocan City), Brgy. Almanza (Las Piñas), and Brgy 410 (Manila).
A major output of this activity is the three-year action plan per barangay based on the presented indicators which is expected to result to an even more effective and efficient implementation of the “Child Labor-Free Barangays” program.
“The DOLE-NCR once again proved its vigilance in our fight against child labor. We will continually conduct this kind of activity to build our efficiency in the implementation of our program. We cannot disregard the welfare of our children. The fact that you are here is a proof of your support to our advocacy and I thank you all for coming. Let us work together to curb the incidence of child labor in your respective areas,” said Assistant Regional Director Nelson C. Hornilla, in the message he addressed to the participants.