Barangays Cangguhob in Mabinay, and Azagra and Manlingay in Tanjay City, Negros Oriental, are among the 80 barangays nationwide targeted to be declared as child-labor free by the Department of Labor and Employment, its press release said.
The others in Region 7 are barangays Adlaon in Cebu City, and Kayang in Bogo, Cebu; as well as Jonob-Jonob and Balintawak in Escalanate City, and Antipolo in Pontevedra, both in Negros Occidental; Alfonso XII in Libacao and Mamba in Madalag, Aklan, for Region 6, the press release added.
DOLE Secretary Rosalinda Dimapilis-Baldoz said yesterday that the agency is working with government agencies and private sector partners to declare these barangays as child-labor free this year.
“We have a very high resolve to lick the child-labor menace in our midst, and we will work on it, one barangay at a time, until we are able to liberate all the country’s barangays with high incidence of child labor and make them child labor-free,” Baldoz said in the press release.
She observed that the forms of child labor existing in these target barangays are mainly in mining, farm work, deep-sea fishing, pyrotechnics production, stevedoring, vending, rubber budding, banana bagging, cargo loading, sugarcane farming, scavenging, waitressing/waitering, and pedicab driving, the press release added.
The DOLE regional offices are closely working with local government units through the barangay captains and their officials, as well as community leaders, including parent-leaders who are grantees of the Pantawid Pamilyang Pilipino Program, to effectively carry out the campaign, Baldoz added in the press release.*
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