NEWS RELEASE | 13 September 2019 |

DOLE-NCR hold stakeholders’ Consultation Meeting on the Profiling of Child Laborers in the National Capital Region (NCR) on September 10, 2019, at Max’s Restaurant, Ermita, Manila. In attendance were the Regional Child Labor Committee (RCLC) composed of the following local agencies: DSWD, DILG, DepEd, DOH, PIA, PSA, TESDA, ECPAT, ERDA; and local government unit representatives in Caloocan, Las Piñas, Makati, Malabon, Mandaluyong, Manila, Marikina, Muntinlupa, Parañaque, Pasay, Pasig, Quezon, Taguig, Valenzuela, Navotas, San Juan, and the Municipality of Pateros.

DOLE-NCR organized the Stakeholders’ Consultation Meeting on the Profiling of Child Laborers in the National Capital Region (NCR) on September 10, 2019.

Meeting was held to convene the member agencies of NCR’s Regional Child Labor Committee (RCLC) and sought support from the local government units (LGUs) to help strengthen DOLE’s initiatives and strategies in addressing the incidence of child labor in the region.

They discussed, among others, the child labor situation, profiling process, roles and functions of partner agencies in terms of conducting referrals, providing assistance / services, and monitoring and reporting of status and accomplishments.

Assistant Regional Director, Atty. Marion S. Sevilla, delivers the opening remarks on behalf of Regional Director, Atty. Sarah Buena S. Mirasol.

The meeting also paved the way for member agencies and LGU representatives to clarify issues and concerns encountered in the process and proposed agreements toward the national goal of “Isang Milyong Batang Malaya.”

In attendance were DOLE-NCR Assistant Regional Director, Atty. Marion S. Sevilla who delivered the message of Regional Director Sarah Buena S. Mirasol. In her message, she emphasized the importance of the RCLC and support of the LGUs to help combat child labor. She also acknowledged the Program Implementation Committees of Manila and Quezon City who have been active partners of DOLE. Towards the end of her message, she called upon the local committees for the welfare and protection of children of LGUs in NCR to mainstream DOLE’s child labor agenda in their development policies and programs.

DOLE-NCR TSSD-EPWW Senior LEO and Child Labor Program focal Aurora E. Halcon spearheads the consultation meeting.
DOLE-NCR Community Facilitator and former DOLE-BWSC employee Joselito Manabat discusses the “Child Labor Perspective” and profiling process. Manabat formerly held various managerial roles during his time at the DOLE Bureau of Workers with Special Concerns from 1998 to 2016.
DOLE-NCR Community Facilitator and registered Social Worker Edgar Movilla presents the accomplishments of DOLE-NCR and issues and concerns of the office relative to the profiling of child laborers in NCR.
DOLE-Bureau of Workers with Special Concerns (BWSC) representatives Jerome Gabriel (left) and Kimberly Diaz (right) presents the frameworks for collaboration followed by management of sensitive information obtained from the profiled child laborers by strictly observing the data privacy rules.

TSSD-EPWW Senior LEO and Child Labor Program focal Aurora E. Halcon facilitated the consultation meeting together with DOLE-NCR Community Facilitators, Joselito Manabat and Edgar Movilla.

DOLE-Bureau of Workers with Special Concerns (BWSC) representatives Jerome Gabriel and Kimberly Diaz were also present to discuss the frameworks for collaboration and handling of sensitive information by observing the data privacy rules.

The member agencies proposed, among others, their best practices, including the creation of a local council for protection of children among LGUs in the district level. Other suggestions were the enrollment of parents of the child laborers to Skills Registry System (SRS) when referred to Public Employment Service Office (PESO) and immediate referral of DOLE-NCR to the Community Social Welfare and Development Office (CSWDO) as soon as the profiled child laborer requires an in-depth assessment.

TSSD-EPWW Division Chief Lorna R. Obedoza delivers her closing remarks before concluding the meeting.

TSSD-EPWW Division Chief Lorna R. Obedoza capped off the meeting with her closing messages. She thanked all the member agencies for their continued support to DOLE and looked forward for more collaborations with partner agencies to efficiently provide programs and services to the victims of child labor.

END / Hershey Aquino

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