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PESO and DOLE transforms lives of 26 child laborers

Livelihood beneficiaries with Caloocan City Mayor Oscar G. Malapitan, Vice Mayor Macario Asistio III, DOLE Field Office Director Rowella V. Grande, and PESO Manager Violeta Y. Gonzales. Photo courtesy of Angelica Fresnoza, DOLE CAMANAVA Field Office.

Through its campaign to eliminate child labor, the Department of Labor and Employment (DOLE) and the Public Employment Service Office (PESO) conducted a wide-range survey to identify and interview child laborers. Such children will be evaluated for future provision of assistance.

That was the case for Jerickson, a child laborer working as a make-up artist while studying in Caloocan City. His grandmother, Ana Hopanda, was one of the identified beneficiaries that were provided with a livelihood grant. 

The initiative was in line with the DOLE’s Philippine Program Against Child Labor (PPACL), with the mission of transforming the lives of child laborers, families, and communities towards their sense of self-worth, empowerment and development. One of the goals of PPACL includes expanded access of child laborers and their families to social protection, health, education, and decent work.

Ana Hopanda (left) and his grandson Jerickson (right) during the turn over ceremony in Caloocan City Hall in November 2018. Photo courtesy of Angelica Fresnoza, DOLE CAMANAVA Field Office.

Ana Hopanda and the rest of the parents and guardians of the 26 identified child laborers were awarded a livelihood asssitance that will enable said beneficiaries to start their own Bigasan Business.

This was a brand new start for Jerickson and her grandmother. 

“Maraming salamat po sa tulong pangkabuhayan na bigay ng gobyerno sa amin para makapagsimula ng negosyo,” said Hopanda. 

The livelihood turn over ceremony for the said beneficiaries was led by Caloocan City Mayor Oscar G. Malapitan together with his PESO Manager Violeta Y. Gonzales, and DOLE field office director Rowella V. Grande.

Director Grande encouraged the beneficiaries to do their best in nurturing the new business undertaking as it will help support their families. She added, “Para hindi na bumalik sa pagtatrabaho ang inyong mga anak; dahil dapat ang mga bata ay nasa mga paaralan at nag-aaral para magkaroon ng mabuting kinabukasan.” 

With a new found hope, Hopanda said she is committed to providing a better future for her family. She added, “Kailangan ko pong masiguro na maayos ang kanilang magiging buhay pag wala na ako.” END / Angelica Fresnoza

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