VICTORIA, ORIENTAL MINDORO – On 07 December 2021, the Department of Labor and Employment (DOLE) MIMAROPA through its Oriental Mindoro Field Office (DOLE OrMin) distributed free hygiene kits to forty-three (43) Child Laborers in Victoria, Oriental Mindoro as part of celebration of the 29th National Children’s Month with the national theme “New Normal na Walang Iwanan: Karapatan ng Bawat Bata Ating Tutukan”.

The activity served as a venue to strengthen and promote the children’s rights and welfare focusing on the development, protection and participation in the government’s programs to eliminate the worst forms of child labor especially during this time of global pandemic. The hygiene kits which included alcohol, soap, toothpaste & toothbrush, face towel and vitamins were awarded to the parents of child laborers in support to the upcoming reopening of face-to-face classes in the new normal.

Aside from distribution of hygiene kits, DOLE OrMin through its Child Labor Protection and Elimination Focal Person Mr. Ramezes R. Torres conducted an orientation on the salient features of Republic Act (RA) 9231 or “An Act Providing for the Elimination of the Worst Forms of Child Labor and Affording Stronger Protection for the Working Child” and programs and services of DOLE to address the issues and concerns as well as challenges faced during the new normal setting.

Likewise, various government agencies such as Local Government of Victoria, Department of Education (DEPED) and Philippine National Police (PNP) presented and discussed their programs and services in relation to the implementation of RA 9231.

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.

End/Edralin B. Magcalayo