MANILA (DWDD) – The Department of Labor and Employment (DOLE) and Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) is set to launch on Thursday, January 12, 2016 the Convergence Programs to Combat Child Labor entitled “Makiisa Para sa #1MBatangMalaya.”
Different national and international stakeholders have come together to zero in on child labor in the Philippines through a simple ceremony to be held at the Ichikawa Hall of the Occupational Safety and Health Center, Agham Road, Diliman, Quezon City.
Expected to grace the program are DSWD Assistant Secretary Hope V. Hervilla, DOLE Secretary Silvestre Bello III, International Labour Organization Country Director Khalid Hassan, and Atty. Richard Gutierrez, Chief Executive Officer of BAN Toxics
Currently, millions of Filipino children are still at risk of performing child labor.
In various sectors of the country, child labor continues to persist with roughly 2.1 million children in child labor according to the 2011 Survey on Children by the Philippine Statistics Authority. Government agencies and civil society organizations are working together to strengthen the fight against child labor in the Philippines through new, innovative programmes. “Makiisa Para Sa 1 Milyong Batang Malaya” (One with the children to end child labor) is the simultaneous launch of three major initiatives that aim to eliminate child labor.
These initiatives are aligned with both the Philippine Program against Child Labor 2017-2022 which aims to withdraw one million children from child labor and the Sustainable Development Goals (SDG) which calls for the end of child labor in all its forms by 2025. SMS DSWD / MCAG