POLA, ORIENTAL MINDORO – On 29 November 2022, the Department of Labor and Employment (DOLE) MIMAROPA through its Oriental Mindoro Field Office (DOLE OrMin) spearheaded the 30th National Children’s Month celebration with the national theme “Kalusugan, Kaisipan at Kapakanan ng Bawat Bata Ating Tutukan” at Manuel M. De Castro Memorial Auditorium, Brgy. Zone II, Pola, Oriental Mindoro.

The activity focused on the advocacy against the worst forms of child labor and affording stronger protection for the working child or Republic Act 9231, and the intervention of the government.

Municipal Mayor of Pola, Hon. Jennifer M. Cruz, PCPT Nebuchadnezzar Matrio, Chief of Police, Pola Municipal Police Station, Ms. Evangeline S. Divino, Municipal Social Welfare and Development Office, and Ms. Gloria Calansanan, President of Black River Squad Rider Club were also present during the celebration.

Director Naomi Abellana discussed the value of having good and proper nutrition for children, she addresses the harmful effect of eating instant noodles & other junk food, and children must invest in and enjoy eating vegetables and fruits.

Sixty (60) profiled child laborers together with their parents received educational kits, umbrellas and t-shirt from DOLE Oriental Mindoro Field Office, additional education kits from Black River Squad Rider Club, Food and grocery packs from the Local Government of Pola, and lastly shared meals from Jollibee Foods Corporation.

Under Republic Act 10661, the National Children’s Month in the Philippines is annually celebrated to commemorate the adoption of the United Nation’s Convention on the Rights of Child which seeks to instill significance in the Filipino consciousness, as well as sustain the promotion and protection of children’s rights.