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4.7-M given to parents of child laborers in Carcar City for their businesses

Cebu City, Philippines. Parents of profiled child laborers in Carcar City, Cebu are now engaging with various livelihood projects after collectively receiving financial assistance from the Department of Labor and Employment in the amount of 4.7 Million Pesos.

Around 213 beneficiaries, who hail from twelve (12) barangays in Carcar City, are now into swine fattening; fishing materials trading; sewing services; goat raising; general merchandizing; bigasan; cattle fattening; and agrivet supply trading.

Each beneficiary, said DOLE Cebu Provincial Field Office (CPFO) OIC Vivencio Lagahid received Php21,000.00 for their respective livelihood starter kits (LSKs) shelling out Php5,000.00 to Php6,000.00 as counterpart.

“In the middle of January 2021, the supplies, goods, jigs and materials that beneficiaries will need in their businesses have been procured and released. And we hope that by providing this kind of assistance to them, the incidence of child labor in Cebu and in Region-7 generally, will be significantly diminished if not totally eliminated,” he said.

Beneficiaries come from the following barangays: Bolinawan, Buenavista, Calidngan, Can-asujan, Guadalupe, Liburon, Napo, Ocaña, Poblacion 1, Poblacion 2, Poblacion 3, and Villadolid.

The livelihood assistance given to beneficiaries is under the DOLE Kabuhayan para sa Magulang ng Batang Mangngawa (KASAMA), which provides sustainable livelihood assistance to the parents of child laborers with the intention of reducing child labor in the Region.

The financial assistance was released to beneficiaries in November last year in the presence of Carcar City Mayor Mercedita R. Apura with the Conta-Manghupi Farmers Association, Inc. (COMAFA) being the accredited co-partner in the implementation of the livelihood projects. “But the procurement and the releasing of all goods took place just last month,” said Lagahid, adding that the barangay captains and councilors of involved barangays assured the DOLE that they’re going to help monitor the implementation of the projects and provide technical support to beneficiaries when necessary.

“Mapasalamaton kaayo ako sa DOLE sa tabang nga gipaabot diri kanamu. Akong i-saad nga ampingan naku ang akong negosyo (I thank the DOLE for giving this assistance to us. I promise to take care of and sustain my livelihood project),” said one beneficiary.

DOLE-7 Regional Director Salome O. Siaton said that the assistance recently provided to said beneficiaries is a result of the child labor profiling activities conducted previously, which gave the Department some tools to thoroughly assess the needs and interests of the parents and/or guardians of child laborers.

“Through our Child Labor Prevention and Elimination Program or CLPEP, we want to help prevent and progressively eliminate child labor in the Region. And by providing livelihood undertakings to the parents or guardians of the profiled child labors, it is our hope that we are also able to provide them access to decent livelihood opportunities for enhanced income,” said Director Siaton.

DOLE will revive its child labor profiling activities within the year. It got suspended last year due to the pandemic. Child labor profiling is just one of the strategies undertaken by the Department. A needs assessment is conducted after child labor profiling is done to be able to appropriately refer the children or their parents and guardians for provision of necessary services.

“The livelihood assistance under KASAMA for the parents and/or guardians of child laborers is just one of the possible services that could be provided to them. They could also be referred to the DOLE’s partner-agencies and other private entities for that matter. The ultimate goal is really to withdraw the children from child labor eventually,” explained the Regional Head.

 

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For more information on this report, you may contact LuchelSenarloTaniza, Regional Labor Communication Officer at telefax number (032) 266-2792 or you may send an email at dole_centralvisayas@yahoo.com.

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2021-02-11
SALOME O. SIATON
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