Nangako ang Department of Labor and Employment (DOLE) na tutuparin ang layunin nitong palayain ang 600,000 na bata mula sa child labor sa susunod na taon.
“We are hopeful to achieve the target of 630,000 with the signing of Executive Order 92 which scaling up the efforts of the committee. There is a provision that says that the member agencies are to provide funds for child labor,” saad ni Director Karen Trayvilla ng Bureau of Workers with Special Concerns ng DOLE sa isang virtual forum.
Ang bilang na ito ay ang kanilang commitment sa ilalim ng Philippine Development Plan 2017 hanggang 2022.
Dagdag pa sa ulat ni Trayvilla, nakapag-profile na sila ng 266,873 child laborers sa loob ng dalawang taon mula 2018 hanggang 2020 bago ang pagpapatupad ng enhanced community quarantine dulot ng COVID-19. Aniya, lalo pang tututukan ito ng ahensya ngayon dahil napapalapit na ang 2022.
“So this 630,000 is our commitment until 2022. But we already profiled 266,873 child laborers. This means that almost half are now in our database . . . So we will work double time since 2022 is fast approaching. Right now, we will start with the profiling again with the easing of the restrictions in our mobility,” paliwanag niya.
Bukod dito, nasa tinatayang 56,000 na kabataan na umano ang napalaya mula sa pagiging child laborer. Bagama’t mababa ang numerong ito, ito daw ay dahil matagal ang proseso ng ‘withdrawal’ sa mga bata na inaabot ng halos dalawang taon.
“We only have 56,276. Why is that? The withdrawal involves a long process. It takes us two years to do that. You need to focus on providing the services to the child, in the intervention and then you monitor and monitor until such time that you can see that he has withdrawn. Based on our data 56,276 children have been withdrawn from being a child laborer,” aniya.
Ang Executive Order (EO) 92 na pinirmahan ni Pangulong Rodrigo Duterte noong Setyembre 2019 ay nagbigay-daan sa pagkakabuo ng National Council Against Child Labor na naglalayong gumawa at magpatupad ng mga mekanismo at pamamaraan upang pigilan, bawasan, at puksain ang child labor sa bansa.
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