QUEZON, PALAWAN – On 26 November 2021, the DOLE MIMAROPA through its Palawan Field Office conducted Project Angel Tree in celebration of National Children’s Month with the theme “New Normal na Walang Iwanan: Karapatan ng Bawat Bata Ating Tutukan” at Quezon, Palawan.

In total, over seventy (70) Parents of Child Laborers (PCL) attended the lecture on “Understanding Child Labor”, discussed by DOLE Palawan Community Facilitator Mr. Kristan A. Sabando and on “How COVID-19 Affects Mental Health of Children” by Ms. Monicca A. Bolos, a registered Psychometrician and a TUPAD Coordinator. As part of the activity, the PCLs also received noche buena packages and recited the “Panatang Makabata” pledge in support of the campaign against child labor and the protection of the children.

The parents were listed through the recent child profiling activity done last August and September 2021 in the barangays of Panitian, Alfonso VIII, and Tabon.

DOLE MIMAROPA Regional Director Naomi Lyn C. Abellana gave an inspirational message. “This kind of event further ignites not only the parent’s enthusiasm but also their initiative to support and facilitate positive changes in the lives of the children”, she said.

DOLE Palawan through its Provincial Director Mr. Luis B. Evangelista also expressed his appreciation to our partners in making the event successful. To Hon. Joselito O. Ayala – Municipal Mayor of Quezon, to the Municipal Social Welfare and Development Office (MSWDO) of Quezon, to the parents of child laborers and to Jollibee Narra who provided food to participants of the event.

Project Angel Tree is a component of the DOLE Child Labor Prevention and Elimination Program (CLPEP), which provides social services such as food, clothing, educational assistance or school supplies, and even work and training opportunities made possible by sponsors/benefactors or ‘angels’ to child laborers and their families. This program aims to improve the economic and social conditions of child laborers and their families and increase the number of advocates of child labor prevention and elimination.

END//LEONARD PABILONA&LORRAINE MAYOR