SABLAYAN, OCCIDENTAL MINDORO – Annually in November, the Department of Labor and Employment (DOLE) – Occidental Mindoro Field Office joins the celebration of National Children’s Month (NCM) to advocate the rights of the child leading to the prevention and elimination of child labor in the province.

This year, DOLE holds the NCM 30th-year celebration with the theme: “Kalusugan, Kaisipan, at Kapakanan ng Bawat Bata ating Tutukan”, at Siburan Hall, Sablayan Municipal Building, Buenavista, Sablayan Occidental Mindoro on November 29, 2022.

Representing the LGU Sablayan, Mayor Walter B. Marquez expressed his sincerest gratitude to DOLE and all stakeholders who made the event possible and brought smiles to children and their parents.

On the other hand, DOLE OccMin Field Office Head Mr. Peter James D. Cortazar, in his message, β€œWe are gathered here today not only to celebrate the success of the country in the promotion and protection of child rights, but also we need to strengthen the advocacy for the mental health and well-being of our children; we all need the public support to prioritize the availability of necessary interventions to support the mental health and overall well-being of the children amid the pandemic. Ang pagkabata ay ang panahon upang magsaya at lumikha ng mga masasayang alaala at itakda rin ang mga layunin na nais makamit ninyo sa hinaharap, magagawa nila ang mga ito kung sila ay malusog sa aspetong pisikal at mentalidad.”

Among the social partners who also joined the celebration is PESO Manager Ms. Elonah Jane Alegre, Nurse Mark D. Lopez from Municipal Health Office, PLTCOL Allan F Montillana from Philippine National Police, Barangay Kagawad Juanita M. Absalud, and Ms. Marah May Camero from TESDA, who all expressed their commitment and support in eliminating the worst forms of child labor in Occidental Mindoro and further strengthening the collaboration for its success.

One of the highlights of the celebration is the MHO’s administration of flu vaccines to 40 children to keep them healthy and protected from getting influenza viruses and serious complications, followed by the distribution of grocery packages and hygiene kits.

Under Republic Act 10661, the month of November is declared as NCM to commemorate the adoption of the Convention on the Rights of the Child (CRC) by the United Nations (UN) General Assembly on November 20, 1989. The Philippines is a signatory to the CRC, which is the first binding universal treaty solely dedicated to the protection and promotion of children’s rights.