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Cebu News

DOLE-7 treats child laborers

The Freeman

CEBU, Philippines — Child laborers from Barangay Punta Princesa were treated to a day of fun and learning by the Department of Labor and Employment (DOLE)-7 at a mall in Cebu City to celebrate the 2024 World Day Against Child Labor yesterday.

Through Project Angel Tree, DOLE-7 and its partners, benefactors, and sponsors distributed school supplies and five kilos of rice to the participants. The child laborers were also given the chance to participate in games and other activities.

Christine Andales, Punta Princesa’s GAD focal person, welcomed the participants on behalf of Punta Princesa Barangay Captain Eleno Andales Jr.

She recalled how the children from her barangay were forced to do child labor in 2022 after they were hit by a massive fire where hundreds of families were displaced.

"Two years ago, among barangay nakatagamtam og dakong sunog. Kining mga bataa naapil ni sila sa child labor kay naghouse-to-house [sila]...naghakot og mga balas, tanan...para mo help pagbuild sa ilahang balay," Andales said.

Andales, however, said that the barangay has since recovered from the tragedy with the affected families now having their new homes.

DOLE-7 regional director Lilia Estillore encourages the children to pursue their dreams with dedication.

Estillore said that more than achieving material things like money, it is also important to consider love, sharing, heart, mind, and soul.

"Kompleto nga kadato, mao nay pangandoy nato [DOLE] sa World Day Against Child Labor. Ang bata kinahanglan mokab-ot sa iyang pangandoy, tagaan og tanan nga kahigayonan aron makab-ot ang inyohang nindot nga kaugmaon," Estillore said.

Mieflor Paca-anas, mother of one participant, said the event enabled the children to have fun and learn.

"Okay ra gyud siya...nag-enjoy sad ang mga bata [ug] naa sad nakat-onan ang mga bata ug ang mga mama," Paca-anas said. — Jonalyn Infante /FPL (FREEMAN)

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