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Parents of child laborers readied by DOLE for business

Cebu City, Philippines. Parents of child laborers in Central Visayas have started acquainting themselves with how it is like to engage in business.

Learning and acquiring new skills on how to do business is necessary to sustain one’s livelihood project and efficiently deal with the challenges that it might go through, said DOLE-7 Regional Director Salome O. Siaton.

Parents of identified child laborers in the Region, she added, started undergoing trainings specifically on project proposal crafting; business plan-making; possible market for business; business operations and the possible opportunities that will have to be taken advantage of as well as simple bookkeeping.

“These are things that would-be livelihood beneficiaries of the DOLE must be able to learn and master eventually. They need to know how to run a business. They need to know how to take care of what’s given to them by government. In other words, the DOLE will not only provide them assistance but will also make sure that they are ready to handle and manage it on their own,” said the Regional Director.

One of the priority groups of the DOLE Integrated Livelihood and Emergency Employment Program (DILEEP) are parents and guardians of child laborers. The provision of a legitimate economic activity to the parents and/or guardians of child laborers is seen as a viable tool to help minimize if not eradicate totally the prevalence of child labor not only in the Region but in the country as a whole.

In Siquijor, majority of the CL parents proposed for food vending, piggery, and sari-sari store livelihood packages. “This group had already undergone technical trainings for their proposed businesses. Forming part of said trainings was a lecture on the different conditions where and when the work of the children can be considered child labor and the different existing hazardous industries, which sadly still engage work from children,” said Siquijor Field Office OIC Nole R. Torres.

After their orientation on the DOLE’s livelihood program, a group of CL parents in Bohol are now in the process of completing needed documentary requirements for the business project they are eyeing on. “To give their group legal personality, they are now also processing their Workers’ Association registration certificate. Actually, we also noticed their interest in venturing into something productive. They said, they would want to engage in Egg Production. So true enough, complying with the DOLE livelihood requirements is now their priority,” reported Bohol Field Office OIC Ma. Corazon Monroid.

In his report to Director Siaton, Cebu Provincial Field Office Head Vivencio Lagahid said that more than 200 beneficiaries in the City of Carcar are now waiting for the approval of their livelihood business proposal. “Of course, prior to all of these, we also extended to them technical assistance in the form of trainings,” he said, saying further that when granted, the accredited co-partner of the DOLE in implementing said project would be the Conta Manghupi Farmers Association.

In Labogon, Mandaue City, provision of livelihood orientations and technical trainings had also been given to the parents of child laborers profiled in the area. According to Tri-City Field Office Head Emmanuel Y. Ferrer, it was necessary that they understood the program and the set of responsibilities that will go with it should their proposal be granted. “As of now, their project is ready and waiting for approval,” he added.

In Negros Oriental, parents of profiled child laborers in the towns of Amlan and Zamboanguita have been trained on project proposal-making and according to Negros Oriental Field Office Chief Marites G. Mercado, there are about four barangays in said towns that have been prioritized under the DOLE’s livelihood program. “In these areas, we noted of quite a number of child laborers and with this initiative, we hope that the occurrence of child labor in these places will be curbed,” she said.

In 2019, the DOLE-7 recorded over 18,000 child laborers profiled in Central Visayas with Negros Oriental tallying the highest at 10,497.

“The DOLE’s child labor profiling is suspended for the time being this year due to the pandemic. Even so, the Department continues with its initiatives in minimizing the incidence of child labor in the Region by way of providing livelihood projects to families of child laborers,” said Director Siaton, who added that in that way, children will not have to work anymore just to help their families get by each day.

Dubbed as KASAMA or Kabuhayan para sa Magulang ng Batang Manggagawa, the program hopes to contribute to the prevention and elimination of child labor by providing families of child laborers access to decent livelihood opportunities for enhanced income.

 

 

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For more information on this report, you may contact (032) 234-3317 or tricitydole7@yahoo.com.ph; (032) 266-7424 or cpfodolero7@gmail.com; (035) 226-2778 / (035) 422-9741/ dolenegrosoriental@gmail.com; (035) 480-9244 or dolesiquijor@gmail.com; (038) 501-0277 and (038) 411-0806 or doleboholfo@gmail.com.

 

 

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2020-10-13
SALOME O. SIATON
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