Members of the NCLC and other partner agencies and organizations gathered for the Philippine Program Against Child Labor (PPACL) Partners’ Meeting on February 20, 2017 at the Labor Governance Learning Center in Intramuros, Manila. The purpose of the meeting was to discuss the revised PPACL Framework for CY 2017-2022 which represents the ideas and goals of the NCLC to the movement against child labor, the child labor input to the Philippine Development Plan, and the reconstitution of the NCLC Sub-Committees.
DOLE Labor Relations and Special Concerns Undersecretary Joel B. Maglunsod graced the activity. In his remarks he said, “Nandito tayo ngayon upang tingnan kung ano pa ang maaaring maging kontribusyon ng ating mga kanya-kanyang ahensya o organisasyon para matugunan ang isyu ng child labor at magawa natin ang ating target na 630,000 na child laborers na maalis mula sa child labor sa taong 2022 na kasama sa Philippine Development Plan for 2017 to 2022. Mula sa 630,000 na bata ay hindi na imposible na maipagpatuloy natin at maalis ang isang milyong child laborers mula sa child labor sa taong 2025”. Undersecretary Maglunsod further emphasized, “Maaaring hindi ganoon kalaki ang ating mga budget lalo na sa mga government agencies o kaya’y marami pa tayong ibang trabaho na dapat gampanan sa ating mga opisina, ngunit sana’y hindi ito maging hadlang upang makapaglaan tayo ng oras, kakayahan at pondo para sa layunin nating ito.”.
During the meeting, Bureau of Workers with Special Concerns (BWSC) Director Ahmma Charisma Satumba presented the revised framework which includes the PPACL strategic directions and goals which are grounded on the group’s core values (e.g. child-focused action, rights-based approach, results-based management, gender-responsiveness, cultural sensitivity, sustainable development, children and youth participation, good governance, decent work for all, community development, and multi sectoral collaboration). On the other hand, the highlights of the reconstitution of the NCLC Sub-Committees are the merging of the Knowledge Management and Advocacy Sub-Committees for a more cohesive information management mechanism and the inclusion of a new sub-committee which is the Monitoring and Evaluation, to track the progress being made thru the actions taken by each group.
The PPACL works towards the prevention and progressive elimination of child labor through protection, withdrawal, healing, and reintegration of child workers into a nurturing society. On the other hand, the NCLC is composed of representatives from government agencies and social partners such as the DOLE, International Labor Organization, United Nations Children’s Fund, National Council of Social Development, Trade Union Congress of the Philippines, Associated Labor Unions-TUCP, Federation of Free Workers, Employers Confederation of the Philippines, National Anti-Poverty Commission—Children Sectoral Council, Philippine Statistics Authority, National Youth Commission, Technical Education and Skills Development Authority, National Economic and Development Authority, Council for the Welfare of Children, Department of Social Welfare and Development, Department of Justice, Department of Health, Department of Agriculture, Department of the Interior and Local Government, Department of Education, Department of Agriculture, and Philippine Information Agency.