NEWS RELEASE | 13 September 2019 |
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.
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.
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 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