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Suppression of child labor, one of the main priorities of DOLE in 2023

The suppression of child labor remains a top priority of the Department of Labor and Employment (DOLE).

In a message, Labor Secretary Bienvenido E. Laguesma said that the DOLE presented to Congress their priority projects and programs, and the suppression of child labor is among the department’s priority programs.

“Your servant appeared before Congress to present the projects and programs of the Department that we want to focus on the attention and funds of this administration. I am happy to share that the issue of curbing child labor is among our main program being promoted,” shared the secretary in his speech.

The Secretary’s message was read by DOLE Assistant Secretary Dominique Tutay at the Third Year Anniversary of the Founding of the National Council Against Child Labor (NCACL) last September 15 in Manila.

The DOLE-Bureau of Workers with Special Concerns spearheads the implementation of the Philippine Program Against Child Labor (PPACL), which aims to transform the lives of child workers, their families, and communities by providing protection, elimination, and reintegration into a caring society, and measures to reduce poverty.

According to the International Labor Organization, poverty remains a powerful force driving children to work.

On the same occasion, certificates of recognition were also given to representatives from various government agencies, non-governmental organizations, civil society, and advocacy groups as members of NCACL and social partners.

In order to maintain the gains made by NCACL since its establishment in 2019, Secretary Laguesma asked all stakeholders for continued support to further accelerate the realization of a Philippines without child labor.

Meanwhile, NCACL members also met in a workshop to assess the PPACL Strategic Framework 2020-2022 and provide recommendations for new measures to address the gaps in the current program implemented for child workers. The outcome of the three-day workshop will serve as inputs for the formulation of the PPACL Framework for the next six years.

DOLE chairs the NCACL—the interagency council tasked with strengthening government efforts for the protection of children’s rights, strengthening institutional mechanisms, and establishing measures to prevent, reduce, and eventually eliminate all forms of of child labor in the Philippines. CPSD/gmea

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