PUERTO GALERA, OR. MINDORO โ€“ The Department of Labor and Employment MIMAROPA through its Technical Service Support Division (TSSD) facilitated the creation of the Regional Council Against Child Labor on 14 July 2022 at Marco Vincent Resort, Puerto Galera, Or. Mindoro.

Aside from DOLE, the council is composed of 12 other government agencies, 2 employers sector representatives and 1 NGO, namely: Department of Social Welfare and Development, Council for the Welfare of Children, Philippine National Police, Department of Health, Department of Interior and Local Government, Department of Agriculture, Department of Environment and Natural Resources, National Anti-Poverty Commission, Philippine Information Agency, Technical Education and Skills Development Authority, Philippine Statistics Authority, Department of Justice, Philippine Chamber of Commerce and Industry and Oriental Mindoro Electric Cooperative, Inc. and the Stairway Foundation Inc.

Discussed during the activity is the overview of Child Labor Prevention and Elimination Program (CLPEP) and the Departmentโ€™s accomplishments as of July 2022 in the said program. Regional Community Facilitators, Mr. John Cabayao and Ms. Maureen Alva also discussed RA 9231 or โ€œAn Act Providing for the Elimination of The Worst Forms of Child Labor and Affording Stronger Protection for the Working Child and the Difference Between Child Labor and Child Workโ€. And TSSD Chief, Mr. Philip Ruga discussed and presented the resolution for the creation of Regional Council Against Child Labor in MIMAROPA Region to be signed by the members.

โ€œWe thank you (other agencies) for attending this meeting and in giving your commitment in eliminating Child Labor in our region. The creation of this council and the discussion is important to have a common understanding on what is Child Labor is to avoid misconceptions due to different interpretations and also to identify what services can we provide and how can we collaborate to stop and prevent children from becoming laborers.โ€, Assistant Regional Director Erwin Aquino said during his message.

CLPEP aims to remove children from child labor particularly in its worst forms. The program contributes to the Philippine Program Against Child Labor of the national government interventions for eliminating or preventing child labor by promoting, child-focused actions, rights-based approach, results-based management, gender-responsiveness, cultural sensitivity, sustainable development, children and youth participation, good governance, decent work for all, community development, inter-agency, tripartite and multi-sectoral collaboration.

END/JOHN NOEL CABAYAO/FPWP