Some fifty (50) parents of identified child laborers in Navotas City were provided with free training on dishwashing soap and liquid detergent making at the North Bay Boulevard North, Navotas City on December 3, 2021.

Said activity was a convergence program of the Department of Labor and Employment – National Capital Region (DOLE-NCR) through its CAMANAVA Field Office (CFO), Technical Education and Skills Development Authority (TESDA) – CAMANAVA District Office, and Schools Division Office (SDO) – Navotas City under the Joint Memorandum Circular No. 1-2016, which strengthens the coordination among various government agencies to provide assistance to the families of child laborers aimed at eliminating the worst forms of child labor in the country.

“As a parent, it is heartbreaking to see ‘Jaylen’ (not her real name) work as a fish vendor at a young age of 11 just to help our family increase our finances,” said Marife Wenceslao, one of the participating parents of child laborers.

“I will use what I learned in this training to make and sell dishwashing soap to generate income so Jaylen won’t have to work anymore,” she added.

Aside from the skills training, the participants also received dishwashing soaps, which they can sell, including a list of suppliers where they can purchase cheap materials.

In her closing remarks, DOLE-NCR CAMANAVA Field Office Director Rowella V. Grande were grateful for the participation of the parents of child laborers and hoped that the training assistance would help their families.

“We hope that the skills we gained in this training intervention will empower everyone towards gainful self-employment that will eventually remove the children from their untimely and hazardous endeavors,” Director Grande added.

Also present during the activity were NBBN Elementary School Principal Dinno Mendiola, TESDA trainers Michael J. Boja and Jhonjhon Batiancala who conducted the training, and the following staff from DOLE-NCR CFO who provided technical assistance: Child Labor Prevention and Elimination Program Focal Person Angelica Fresnoza, Community Facilitator Angelica Santos, Government interns Chelsea Quilantang, Chrisvee Alvarez, Blake Jethro Bulisig, Franz Guerrero, Lhimuel Casera, Christian Salvador, Vonrolf Mission, Liezel Calibuso and Miko Tablizo.

END / Report and photos by DOLE-NCR CAMANAVA Field Office GIPs under CLPEP