Some 264 profiled child laborers in Caloocan City were filled with joy and excitement as they received early Christmas gifts through Project Angel Tree Gift Giving conducted by the CAMANAVA Field Office (CFO) of the Department of Labor and Employment – National Capital Region on October 20, 2022 at the Barangay 83 Zone 1 Morning Breeze Covered Court.

The former child laborers, who came with their parents, were identified through CFO’s profiling of vulnerable workers in coordination with the 11 barangays in Caloocan City.

Said activity was done in partnership with Caloocan City Mayor Along Malapitan, Caloocan City Public Employment Service Office (PESO), Caloocan City Social Welfare Department (CCSWD), and members of the Caloocan City Tripartite Industrial Peace Council (CTIPC).

DOLE-NCR Assistant Regional Director, Atty. Russel Jallorina, together with CFO Director, Ms. Rowella V. Grande also graced the event to support the cause.

Atty. Jallorina emphasized in his message that children should focus on their education and not on labor. He also encouraged the parents to ensure their children’s safety, health, and education.

Likewise, after thanking all partners, Mayor Malapitan requested for the parents to take better care of their children.

“Children should be in school and should not work for their family income,” he said.

The Mayor also emphasized their commitment to strengthen ties with other national government agencies in formulating and enforcing other programs to help parents of child laborers land on decent jobs.

After the messages, Mayor Along led the distribution of gift packs to the children.

CTIPC labor and management members donated hygiene kits, grocery items, lunch boxes, and school supplies, while the CCSWD provided slippers, sanitary kits, and food.

Golden Arches Development Cooperation (McDonalds) also provided meals, while Cebuana Lhuiller donated 10,000 pesos for additional grocery items for the beneficiaries.

END / Peter Paul Alde