Child Labor-Free Barangays

The Campaign for a Child Labor-Free Barangay aims to contribute to the vision of a “Child Labor-Free Philippines” through influencing change and obtaining commitment and support from various stakeholders to make barangays free from child labor.

Consistent with this vision of the Philippine Program Against Child Labor’s and the HELP ME Convergence Program to Address Child Labor’s goal of implementing a sustainable and responsive convergence program by providing community-based, focused, converged, and synchronized strategies to eliminate child labor, the Department issued Administrative Order No. 657 series of 2014 (provide link) on 15 December 2014 which laid down the guidelines for the certification of barangays.

  •  Criteria

Pursuant to A.O. 657, barangays enrolled under this campaign must meet the following criteria in order to be certified as child labor-free:

    1. Profile of children in the barangay, including child laborers, regularly maintained and updated
    2. Commitment of parents of child laborers not to engage their children in child labor
    3. Commitment of school heads to monitor school attendance of identified child laborers
    4. Commitment of barangay officials to support campaign against child labor
    5. Barangay ordinances or resolutions against child labor enacted and implemented
    6. 100% of identified child laborers needing health assistance have access to health and medical services
    7. 100% of identified child laborers have access to education services
    8. 100% of parents of identified child laborers have access to livelihood and employment services
    9. 100% of reported child labor incidents are immediately acted upon by barangay officials
    10. Functional Barangay Council for the Protection of Children
    11. Inclusion of child labor and/or child protection agenda in the Barangay Development Plan with corresponding budget allocation
    12. Partnership with at least four (4) government agencies and/or civil society organizations
    13. Participation of barangay officials in capacity building activities on child labor and/or other child protection laws
  •  Levels of Classification

In line with the above-mentioned criteria, barangays are further classified into three levels according to interventions provided:

  1. NEW-FRONTIER BARANGAYS – no interventions on the prevention and elimination of child labor have been undertaken yet;
  2. CONTINUING BARANGAYS – there are initiatives, interventions or services already provided but need enhancements to achieve the goal;
  3. LOW-HANGING FRUITS BARANGAYS – services and programs were already provided and various stakeholders were already mobilized but these need to be sustained and continuously monitored.
  • Documentary Requirements 

A barangay seeking certification as Child Labor-Free Barangay shall submit the following documents to the concerned DOLE Regional Office through its Field Offices:

    1. Profile of child laborers in the barangay (Annex A) indicating the following:
      1. Name, address, date of birth, sex, grade level (in school or out of school, educational attainment), nature of work of the child, name of parents or guardian, source of family income
      2. Record of services provided to the children and/or their families indicating the agency, date/s, and type of services given, e.g. health, education, skills training, livelihood to parents of child laborers, legal assistance, psychosocial services
    2. Copy of commitment of parents of child laborers not to engage or allow their children to engage in child labor (Annex B)
    3. Copy of commitment of school heads to monitor school attendance of identified child laborers (Annex C)
    4. Copy of commitment of barangay chairperson to support campaign against child labor (Annex D)
    5. Copy of barangay ordinances or resolutions against child labor and/or on child protection
    6. Copy of Barangay Development Plan for the current year indicating child labor and/or child protection agenda including budget
    7. Proof of functionality of Barangay Council for the Protection of Children (minutes of BCPC meetings, attendance sheet, report on activities undertaken, certification of BCPC functionality level - mature or ideal level - for the current or preceding year issued by the city or municipal Inter-Agency Monitoring Task Force chaired by the DILG;
    8. Copy of report by the Barangay Chairperson on child labor incidents acted upon, if any
    9. Certification by at least four (4) government agencies and/or civil society organizations that they provide services to child laborers and/or their families in the barangay
    10. Documentation of capacity building activities on child labor and/or other child protection laws attended by barangay officials, e.g., certificate of participation, photographs
  • Certification Process

The following procedure shall be observed in the certification of Child Labor-Free Barangay:

  1. Upon receipt of documentary requirements, the DOLE Field Office shall determine the completeness and integrity of the documents submitted, and endorse the documents to the DOLE Regional Office.
  2. The DOLE Regional Office, together with other members of the Regional Child Labor Committee (RCLC) or similar structure shall validate the documents, and conduct site visit and random interview of duty bearers and claim holders.
  3. The RCLC shall then deliberate on the merits of conferring the Child Labor-Free Barangay Certificate to the candidate-barangay.
  4. If the RCLC approves the conferment of the certification, the DOLE Regional Director shall sign and issue the Certificate of Recognition as Child Labor-Free Barangay.
  • Incentives and Benefits

In recognition of the Child Labor-Free Barangay’s commendable action against child labor, the following incentives and benefits shall be given:

  1. Certificate or Plaque of Recognition as Child Labor-Free Barangay (Annex E)
  2. Priority endorsement to DOLE programs and services
  3. Promotion of the certified barangay as partners in the Philippine Program Against Child Labor
  • Validity

The Child Labor-Free Barangay Certificate is valid for three (3) years from date of issuance. After three (3) years, the RCLC shall revalidate whether or not the barangay has sustained its status as Child Labor-Free Barangay. If the findings are positive, the DOLE Regional Office shall recertify the barangay as Child Labor-Free Barangay.

  • Decertification

The RCLC, through the DOLE Regional Office, may decertify a barangay under the following grounds:

  1. If there is any, validated reports on presence of child labor in the barangay; or
  2. If there is fraud or misrepresentation in any of the supporting documents

 

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