CITY OF SAN FERNANDO, Pampanga – The Department of Labor and Employment (DOLE) has rolled out a program that would stop children from being exploited into working at an early age.
In partnership with the city government here, the DOLE has provided parents of child laborers with livelihood assistance that could uplift their living condition.
Through the DOLE’s Child Labor Prevention and Elimination Program, six parents of child laborers from Barangay Bulaon here on Tuesday received PHP13,000 worth of either rice or grocery package as a start-up or additional items for their business.
Ekklesia Tiglao, DOLE community facilitator, said on Wednesday that the program aims to prevent forced child labor and protect the rights and dignity of the children.
“We offer the parents livelihood for them to be able to provide the needs of the family because the reason of child labor is the lack of income so that the children can stop working,” Tiglao said in a social media post.
She said the identified beneficiaries have minor-aged children working in the public market, construction sites, or selling street food.
Mayor Edwin Santiago, for his part, asked the parents to send their children back to school as he assured them of the continuous support of the government through various programs and activities.
“Bigyan natin ng magandang oportunidad ang mga kabataan na mahasa ang kanilang galing at talento. Huwag nating ipagkait ang karapatan nilang maging bata. Huwag kayong mag-alala dahil tuloy-tuloy ang serbisyo natin dito sa San Fernando at ang pagbibigay namin ng mga programang panghanap-buhay (Let us give the youth good opportunity to hone their skills and talents. Let us not deny them their rights as children. Do not worry because our services are going on here in San Fernando and our provision of livelihood programs,” Santiago said.
The City Public Employment Service Office (PESO) will be in charge of monitoring the beneficiaries to assist and help them grow their livelihood.
PESO manager Donny M. Sayre said their office is also coordinating with the DOLE for the continuous “Tulong Panghanapbuhay para sa Disadvantaged Workers” (TUPAD) program, and with the Technical Education and Skills Development Authority (TESDA) for the livelihood and skills training. (PNA)