A Working Child Permit (WCP) is the permit secured by the employer, parent or guardian from the Department for any child below 15 years of age in any work allowed under Republic Act No. 9231.

Under Republic Act No. 9231 (An Act Providing for the Elimination of the Worst Forms of Child Labor and Affording Stronger Protection for the Working Child, Amending for This Purpose Republic Act No. 7610, as Amended, Otherwise Known as the “Special Protection of Children from Child Abuse, Exploitation and Discrimination Act”) and its Implementing Rules and Regulations (IRR) (Department Order No. 65-04), children below the age of 15 are not allowed to be employed, permitted, or suffered to work, in any public or private establishment. However, the law provides two (2) exceptions to this rule. The child may be employed only when he/she works: 1. directly under the sole responsibility of his/her parents or guardian or 2. when his/her participation in public entertainment or public information is essential.

In any of these exceptions, the employer, parent or guardian should secure first the working child permit before such child will be allowed to commence work, usually on short term and per project basis, in a family undertaking or public entertainment or information.   

Documentary Requirements

    1. Duly accomplished application form;
    2. Additional requirements for a child above seven years old:
      1.  Proof or Certificate of enrollment for the current year or current school identification or report card
      2. If the child is not enrolled, a brief description of the program for education, training and skills acquisition for the child;

    3. Authenticated copy of child’s Birth Certificate or Certificate of Late Registration of Birth issued by the Philippine Statistics Authority (PSA) or the city/municipal registrar;
    4. Medical certificate issued by a licensed physician stating that he/she has personally examined the child for whom a work permit is being secured, and that the child is fit to undertake the work in which he/she is to be engaged. Such certificate must bear in print with signature the certifying physician’s full name and license number;
    5. Two (2) passport size photographs of the child;
      1. (Expenses for securing such should be the employer’s responsibility. For a child who will work in a family undertaking, any digitally-captured photograph either by DOLE or employer may be accepted.)
    6. When the employer is the parent, guardian, or a family member other than the parent of the child, he/she shall present any valid document such as latest passport, latest postal/company identification card or driver’s license establishing his/her identity. Additional requirement for the following are:
      1. For legal guardian: authenticated proof of legal guardianship
      2. For family member: proof of relationship to the child
    7. When the employer is in public entertainment or information, he/she shall submit:
      1. Certified true copy of the employer’s business permit or certificate of registration;
      2. Written employment contract approved by DOLE between the employer and the child’s parents or guardian;
      3. An express agreement of the child to the provisions of the contract when the child is between seven (7) to below 15 years of age.

Additional Requirements for Renewal

In case of renewal, the applicant shall comply with all the requirements stated above except for item no. 3. In addition to these, the applicant shall submit the previously issued WCP.


A fee of Php100.00 will be collected from the applicant per permit per project.

Validity Period

Based on the employment contract of the working child but not to exceed one (1) year

Where to Apply

DOLE Field Offices (FOs)

When to Apply

Application should be filed three (3) working days prior to the shooting/taping/event


Additional Info Links:

  1. Republic Act No. 9231
  2. Rules and Regulations Implementing Republic Act No. 9231 Amending R.A. 7610
  3. Data on WCPs issued per region during 2010-2014 (SPRS data).
  4. WCP downloadables
  5. Application for WCP full presentation
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