DAVAO CITY- The First Regional Anti-Child Labor Summit and Children’s Festival was held yesterday (Nov. 23) at SMX Davao, with Department of Labor and Employment Secretary Rosalinda Baldoz.
“We are conducting this because we want to intensify our campaign against child labor.” Says DOLE-XI regional director Joffrey Suyao.
Dir. Suyao said the summit is a regional initiative and the first summit to be held in Davao region.
Among the participants in the whole-day event are barangay councils, organized parents, children representatives alongside partner government agencies and non-government organizations.
One of the main objective of the anti-child labor summit is to recognize and confer the Child Labor-Free Establishments and Barangay Awardees of this year.
One of the highlights of the event is the signing of the Joint Memorandum Circular with the Region XI partner stakeholders in the implementation of the HELP ME Convergence to Address Child Labor.
The HELP ME Convergence was created to unite and synchronize efforts of partner stakeholders against child labor. From 2013 up to the present about 332 parents of child laborers were given livelihood assistance provided to them by DOLE which has amounted to P2-million.
According to RD Suyao there are about 400,000 child laborers in Davao Region based on 2011 study.
During ther summit, the Project Angel Tree was conducted with pooled gifts from private individuals and companies. In the afternoon parlor games was held for the children as paft of the Children’s Festival.
The event is in line with the celebration of the 23rd National Children’s Month. (PIA/RG Alama)