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Iloilo Inter-Agency Launches Virtual Campaign to Eradicate Child Labor

 

Iloilo City – June 12, 2020 marked the World Day Against Child Labor which focused on the impact of crisis on child labor in the time of COVID-19 health pandemic. The International Labor Organization (ILO) reported that “the COVID-19 health pandemic and the resulting economic and labor market shock have a huge impact on people’s lives and livelihoods, and unfortunately, children are often the first to suffer”. 

 

The report further states that,’’ …the crisis can push millions of vulnerable children into child labor. There is an estimated 152 million children exposed to child labor, 72 million of which are in hazardous work. These children are now at an even greater risk of facing circumstances that are more difficult and with longer working hours”.

 

Accordingly, the Department of Labor and Employment Iloilo Field Office (DOLE-IFO), together with the Iloilo City Inter-Agency on Child Labor and Trafficking in Person conducted a meeting on June 25, 2020 to discuss plans to create a virtual advocacy campaign to raise awareness on the protection of children from child labor. The body also called to enforce strategies to strengthen the commitment to the 1M Batang Malaya advocacy.  The 2020 National Theme was “COVID-19 Sugpuin, Batang Manggagawa Sagipin”.

 

As a result of the inter-agency collaboration, a five-minute advocacy video was created with messages from the body’s members and its representatives.  It was launched on July 6, 2020 and shared through social media platforms. The inter-agency body includes members and representatives from DOLE, Iloilo City Committee on Anti-Trafficking/Violence Against Women & Children, DSWD 6, PNP 6, and Bidlisiw Foundation Inc.

 

A significant part of the video was the message of Iloilo City Mayor Jerry P. Treñas,  saying “Being tagged as the Wakanda of the Philippines, it is our duty as Ilonggos to keep all children safe from all forms of abuse and exploitation. Our children should be in schools and not in the workplace…”

 

  The virtual campaign may be accessed through: https://tinyurl.com/y6oklynh.

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2020-07-28
Dir. Cyril L. Ticao
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