BROOKE’S POINT, PALAWAN – On 04 May 2022, in line with the Department’s advocacy to have a child-labor-free country, the Department of Labor and Employment MIMAROPA through its Palawan Field Office conducted a Livelihood Orientation for the parents of child laborers (PCL) at Purok Mangcayap, Brgy. Ipilan, Brooke’s Point, Palawan.

In the profiling activity conducted last year (2021), one hundred twenty-three (123) child laborers were identified in barangay Ipilan, and most of them were engaged in different farm works. Sixty two (62) parents of identified child laborers attended the orientation. Those PCL were members of Mangcayap Farmer’s Association, one of the associations which will receive a livelihood grant through the DOLE Integrated Livelihood Program (DILP).

During the activity, the association members proposed the livelihood project entitled “Machineries Rental and Agricultural Supplies Store”. If the proposed livelihood will be granted to them, the association is positive that they can make it profitable because farming is the the main source of income for most residents in the area.

Also, the DILP Focal Person Renell G. Mayo requested the assistance of Barangay Ipilan, the Accredited Co-Partner of the association, in helping the association in completing the necessary documentary requirements for the processing of their project as it will not just become a source of income but eliminate child labor in their barangay. “Malaking bagay ito hindi lang para sa mga magulang kundi lalo na doon sa mga anak nilang nagtatrabaho na ma-pullout natin sa pagiging child laborer, makapag-concentrate sa pag-aaral para mabigyan sila ng magandang kinabukasan.” (This will help not only the parents but the child laborers as well. With this project, we can pull them out of working and have them concentrate in their studies for a better future.), he said in his message.

The DOLE livelihood assistance to parents of child laborers is a strategic response to prevent and eliminate child labor. Parents of child laborers are among the priority beneficiaries under the DOLE Integrated Livelihood and Emergency Employment Program (DILEEP). Under the Guidelines of the DILEEP, beneficiaries should not allow their children to be engaged in child labor. The livelihood assistance provided can be in the form of Negokart, starter kits, or materials needed to start a livelihood undertaking.

End/Lorraine V. Mayor and Kristan A. Sabando