MAASIN CITY- In a simple ceremony held at the Maasin City gym lobby, the Department of Labor and Employment (DOLE) turned-over starter kits to 25 parents of child laborers.
Dahlia Gabriana, Labor Extension Officer II, said the distribution of starter kit tools and materials is under the Child Labor Prevention and Elimination Program (CLPEP) of DOLE with an allocation of P371,800 for Maasin City alone, Gabriana said. “DOLE appropriated around P699,000 for Southern Leyte province,” she added.
The identification of beneficiaries was based on DOLE’s data collected from the survey and evaluated by their office, it was learned.
The starter kits include livelihood package for food processing, carpentry, welding, vulcanizing and sewing, Gabriana said.
In behalf of DOLE, Gabriana quoted Provincial Director Marites Z. Viñas who was grateful for LGU’s support in all of their programs, in which Maasin City is an accredited partner.
The CLPEP is aimed to take away children from child labor activities particularly in its worst forms.
The program also contributes to the Philippine Program Against Child Labor as one of the national interventions for preventing or eliminating child labor throughout the country.
The turnover ceremony held on November 18, 2020 was attended by DOLE PD Viñas, Mayor Nacional V. Mercado, Ms. Gabriana, and other DOLE and city officials and personnel. (ldl/rgc/PIA8-SoLeyte)