The MUNTAPARLAS Field Office (MTPLFO) of the Department of Labor and Employment – National Capital Region (DOLE-NCR) strengthened its efforts to integrate the 35 parents of child laborers (PCLs) from Parañaque City through the DOLE Integrated Livelihood Program (DILP) or Kabuhayan Program.

Said PCLs were part of the 144 profiled beneficiaries to be awarded with two (2) million pesos worth of livelihood formation grants in the form of Bigasan (rice retailing) Package. The livelihood project is part of the commitment of the DOLE together with the City Government of Parañaque through its Public Employment Service Office to help augment the household income of said beneficiaries.

Before the distribution of the livelihood package, MTPLFO conducted capacity building activities for the said beneficiaries on February 24 and March 3, 2022 at the Parañaque City Sports Complex. MTPLFO representatives, Eritza B. Molea and Maria Suzette C. Anongos, discussed the requirements and responsibilities of the beneficiaries as provided further in the Department Order No. 173-17 or the “Revised Guidelines in the Implementation of the DOLE Integrated Livelihood and Emergency Employment Programs (DILEEP).”

Further, MTPLFO also oriented beneficiaries on financial literacy, business planning for entrepreneurship, and awareness campaign on the child labor elimination and prevention. Anongos also emphasized that addressing the issue of child labor is multifaceted and that interventions must include advocacy campaigns and learning sessions; immediate profiling and regular monitoring of activities; and provision of sustainable local enterprise to the profiled PCLs. She added that educating parents primarily in the lower income households on the child labor incidences and providing them access to self-employment opportunities are important to avoid child exploitation through hazardous work.

END / Report and photo by Christinne Jeremiah Torrecampo