Puerto Princesa City, Palawan – The Department of Labor and Employment Palawan Field Office conducted a two-day Work Orientation for Community Facilitators and Enumerators Under Anti-Child Labor Advocacy Program last July 16-17, 2019 at Angela’s Pool Resort, San Manuel, Puerto Princesa City. The orientation aims to equip Government Interns under the Government Internship Program (GIP) with proper tools, knowledge, skills and attitude before their six (6) month deployment on their respective areas of responsibility where they will work until 2019 ends.

The orientation was specifically designed for the 43 community enumerators and six (6) facilitators to gain proper knowledge, skills and attitude while conducting profiling of child labor and apply these during their deployment in their respective area of assignment; provide assistance in coordinating with LGUs where the profiling of the child laborers shall be conducted; learn how to properly conduct personal interview with the identified child laborers and his/her parents/guardian using the prescribed Profiling Tool and Needs Assessment Tool; and, prepare data gathered for review of DOLE Field Office Head before its submission to the central data management system being managed and maintained by DOLE Bureau of Workers with Special Concerns (BWSC).

DOLE Palawan Field Office Head Mr. Luis B. Evangelista led the orientation of the interns. “This Work Orientation is very important to all of you before your deployment as this will give you the proper knowledge, skills and attitude using the prescribed profiling tools. It is not easy to conduct interview to the identified child laborers, children-at-risk or their families. There will be times that they will not cooperate during the conduct of profiling and interview”, he said. Mr. Evangelista further said that each interview, documents and data gathered should be treated with utmost confidentiality. “Do not drop any name or information to your family and friends. You should be very professional about it as it is still part of your job as facilitators and enumerators”, he added.

Based from the data gathered, the needs of profiled child laborers are identified, assessed and referred to relevant government agencies for the provision of appropriate interventions or services. Programs such as Project Angel Tree and DOLE Kabuhayan are some of the interventions being given by the government to identified individuals or communities.

End/Renell G. Mayo