Partner agencies of the National Child Labor Committee (NCLC) gathered for the launch of the convergence programs to combat child labor in the Philippines last January 12, 2017 at the Occupational Safety and Health Center in Quezon City. The Department of Labor and Employment (DOLE), through the Bureau of Workers with Special Concerns (BWSC), spearheaded the event.
The launch, Makiisa para sa #1MBatangMalaya “We are one with the children in ending Child Labour”, is a product of the collective effort of the members of the National Child Labor Committee, with DOLE as the lead. The convergence programs that were launched were the Strategic Help desks for Information, Education, Livelihood and other Developmental Interventions (SHIELD) and a Module on Child Labor for the Family Development Session of the Pantawid Pamilyang Pilipino Program (4Ps) of the Department of Social Welfare and Development and Convening Actors to Reduce child labor and Improve working conditions in ASGM Gold Mining or CARING GOLD Project of the International Labor Organization. These programs are the core strategies of the concerned agencies in accomplishing the NCLC target of 1 million children free from all forms of child labor by 2025.
In his Keynote Address, DOLE Labor Relations and Special Concerns Undersecretary Joel B. Maglunsod said, “As the overall chairperson of the National Child Labor Committee, we at the DOLE are intensifying the campaign towards the elimination of child labor and its worst forms. We will continue to give our full support to the various initiatives of different agencies. We will continue to provide the necessary coordination for the realization of our vision of a child labor-free Philippines.”
Part of the highlights of the program were the ceremonial signing of the Memorandum of Understanding of SHIELD, the partners commitment ceremony, and the magnificent performances of students from Tinajeros National High School and Educational Research and Development Assistance (ERDA) Sabana Performers.