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DOLE-NCR Tapped in Child Labor Initiative

Building partnership starts good relations that leads to effective program implementation. It is in this premise that the United States Department of State partnered with the Philippine Government in the implementation of its initiative on Child Protection Compact Partnership to address the concerns of online sexual exploitation of children and child labor trafficking. The document was signed on 11 April 2017. Department of Labor and Employment was tapped in this initiative wherein NCR and Region VII was identified to be the pilot areas.

A meeting was held on 13 October 2017 at the Labor Governance and Learning Center. In attendance were Assistant Secretary Ma. Gloria tango, Atty. Ma. Karina P. Trayvilla of BWSC, Dr. Teresita S. Cocueco of BWC, Mr. Ryan Roberto E. Delos Reyes of DOLE-NCR, the representatives of US Department of State, International Justice Mission, World Vision and Salvation Army. The initial meeting was held to lay the groundwork for the initiative and to establish coordination and cooperation among the key players.

The partnership will provide technical assistance to the stakeholders including the Barangay, local governments, law enforcement agencies, and non-government organizations through capability building on detection identification and data basing of online sexual exploitation and child labor trafficking. Assistance in the prosecution of child labor cases will also be provided. DOLE-NCR was tapped to provide technical assistance and other relevant information including practices in rescue operations, seminar orientations, and advocacy on child labor concerns.

DOLE-NCR has been active in increasing the awareness on issues of child labor as evidenced in its active participation in the regional inter-agency committees on trafficking and child pornography, welfare of children, and other youth concerns. Likewise, DOLE-NCR has capacitated the members of the Career Advocates Life Coaches and Mentors in 2016 on Child Labor and its Worst Forms in line with the DepEd’s Child Protection Policy wherein Guidance Counselors serves as Vice-Chair of the school’s Child Protection Committee.

DOLE-NCR is at the forefront in addressing the concerns of Child Labor and has established strong professional relationship with its counterpart in social welfare and development, health, law enforcement, and the local governments.

By: RYAN ROBERTO E. DELOS REYES, SR. LEO, TSSD-EPWW

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2017-10-16
Dir. Henry Jalbuena
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