A child's sole responsibility should be to studyso as pursue a bright future. However, poverty forces a child to make a living and earn for his family regardless of the potential hazards, thus become a victim of child labor.
This is just the case of sixty-eight (68) child laborers identified by the barangay officials and health workers of Brgy. North Bay Boulevard South (NBBS) in Navotas.
With the goal of eliminating child labor, the Department of Labor and Employment - National Capital Region (DOLE-NCR), in cooperation with the City Government of Navotas thru its Public Employment Services Office (PESO) and the local officials of Brgy. North Bay Boulevard South, provided the parents of the child laborers with livelihood grants to sustain their families' living and relieve the said children of their unsafe and unlawful employment.
Ms. Laurejer Pam A. Fijer, Labor and Employment Officer (LEO III), provided the parents of the child laborers with suitable workshops on Business Management and Basic Bookeeping on June 17, 2016 during the Social Preparation at the Barangay Hall of Brgy. NBBS-Navotas to gear them for running their own businesses.
On September 5, 2016, the beneficiaries were awarded with bigasan, frozen CDO products, carinderia package, pedicure, ihaw-ihaw, and condiments selling business starter kits. The parents of the child laborers showed confidence that they can grow their business given the proper training and their innate marketing skills.
"Napakaswerte po namin at napili kami para mabigyan ng tulong pangkabuhayan ng DOLE. Pagyayamanin po namin ang aming mga natanggap na lingap pangkabuhayan at sisiguraduhin and kaligtasan ng aming mga anak..." says Ms. Florencia R. Aganan, one of the beneficiaries.
Present during the awarding were Navotas City Mayor, Hon. John Rey Tiangco, PESO Manager Genesis M. Sanoy, Head of the DOLE-NCR CAMANAVA Field Office's Livelihood Section, Ronald S. Del Rosario, and Project Coordinator, Angelica C Fresnoza.
End/Angelica C. Fresnoza