𝘔𝘰𝘨𝘱𝘰𝘨, 𝘔𝘢𝘳𝘪𝘯𝘥𝘶𝘲𝘶𝘦 – The Department of Labor and Employment (DOLE) MIMAROPA thru Marinduque Field Office facilitated the free skills training on meat processing to 32 parents of identified child laborers at Brgy. Argao last 06 December 2022.

Said activity was in partnership with Department of Trade and Industry (DTI), reinforcing a strengthened collaboration and support among various government agencies in providing assistance to the families of child laborers aimed at eliminating the worst forms of child labor in the country. Among the participants, 19 parents were from Brgy. Guisian and 13 were from Brgy. Argao.

Field Office Head Mr. Philip T. Alano hoped that the training intervention will encourage the parents towards a sense of self-worth, empowerment and development resulting to the progressive elimination of child labor in the province.

Present during the activity were Barangay Argao officials and DTI personnel led by the trainer, Mr. Redeneil Agubang, Ms. Lessiedhel H. Morillo, Negosyo Center Business Counselor-Mogpog and Ms. Noemi N. Bumatay, Comprehensive Agrarian Reform Program – Trade Industry Development Specialist (CARP-TIPDS).

Also present during the training were DOLE Marinduque personnels Ms. Jomarah Manlisis, Child Labor Prevention and Elimination Program Community Facilitator, Mr. Montecarlo Jao, Administrative Aide VI and Child Labor Profilers Hennecy Ofalsa, Edward Malabayabas, Kherlyn Taloza, and Richard Malabayabas.

“𝘕𝘢𝘱𝘪𝘭𝘪𝘵𝘢𝘯 𝘴𝘪 𝘑𝘰𝘩𝘯-𝘑𝘰𝘩𝘯 (not his real name) 𝘯𝘢 𝘴𝘶𝘮𝘢𝘮𝘢 𝘴𝘢 𝘢𝘬𝘪𝘯 𝘴𝘢 𝘱𝘢𝘯𝘨𝘪𝘯𝘨𝘪𝘴𝘥𝘢 𝘱𝘢𝘳𝘢 𝘮𝘢𝘬𝘢𝘵𝘶𝘭𝘰𝘯𝘨 𝘴𝘢 𝘮𝘨𝘢 𝘨𝘢𝘴𝘵𝘶𝘴𝘪𝘯 𝘴𝘢 𝘣𝘢𝘩𝘢𝘺 𝘴𝘢𝘬𝘢 𝘴𝘢 𝘱𝘢𝘯𝘨𝘬𝘢𝘪𝘯 𝘯𝘢𝘮𝘪𝘯 𝘴𝘢 𝘢𝘳𝘢𝘸-𝘢𝘳𝘢𝘸,” said Darwin C. Mabuti, one of the participating parents of child laborer.

“𝘓𝘶𝘣𝘰𝘴 𝘱𝘰 𝘢𝘬𝘰𝘯𝘨 𝘯𝘢𝘨𝘱𝘢𝘱𝘢𝘴𝘢𝘭𝘢𝘮𝘢𝘵 𝘴𝘢 𝘋𝘖𝘓𝘌 𝘢𝘵 𝘴𝘢 𝘋𝘛𝘐 𝘴𝘢 𝘱𝘢-𝘵𝘳𝘢𝘪𝘯𝘪𝘯𝘨 𝘯𝘢 𝘪𝘵𝘰 𝘢𝘵 𝘮𝘢𝘺 𝘪𝘣𝘢 𝘯𝘢 𝘱𝘰 𝘬𝘢𝘮𝘪𝘯𝘨 𝘱𝘸𝘦𝘥𝘦𝘯𝘨 𝘮𝘢𝘱𝘢𝘨𝘱𝘢𝘨𝘬𝘶𝘩𝘢𝘢𝘯 𝘯𝘨 𝘥𝘢𝘨𝘥𝘢𝘨 𝘯𝘢 𝘬𝘪𝘵𝘢. 𝘋𝘪 𝘯𝘢 𝘱𝘰 𝘴𝘢𝘴𝘢𝘮𝘢 𝘴𝘪 𝘑𝘰𝘩𝘯-𝘑𝘰𝘩𝘯 𝘴𝘢 𝘭𝘢𝘰𝘵 𝘢𝘵 𝘮𝘢𝘴 𝘮𝘢𝘬𝘢𝘱𝘢𝘨𝘱𝘢𝘵𝘶𝘭𝘰𝘺 𝘯𝘢 𝘱𝘰 𝘴𝘪𝘺𝘢 𝘴𝘢 𝘬𝘢𝘯𝘺𝘢𝘯𝘨 𝘱𝘢𝘨-𝘢𝘢𝘳𝘢𝘭,” he added.