Tantangan, South Cotabato- In its bid to diminish cases of child laborers in the region, the Department of Labor and Employment (DOLE) 12 facilitated the release of livelihood starter kits to the Local Government Unit-Barangay Bukay Pait (LGU-BBP), this municipality on 14 July 2020.

RD Raymundo Agravante together with DOLE-South Cotabato Field Office Director Arlene Bisnon personally spearheaded the release of Php 529,558.00 worth of starter kits for thirty-eight (38) parents of child laborers. Tantangan Mayor Benjamin Figueroa, Jr. and LGU-BBP barangay captain Pedro Rufino, Jr. served as witnesses of the said turn-over.

The beneficiaries were parents/guardians of child laborers whose children were profiled in 2018. Some of the child laborers worked in the farm as planter and charcoal makers, while others as laborer and furniture maker.

With the assistance provided by DOLE 12, the parents of child laborers can now help augment their income and help remove their children from child labor through their chosen individual projects like hollow blocks and furniture making, barbecue and balut vending, carwash, carpentry, vulcanizing, welding, dressmaking, hair care, kakanin production, and vegetable gardening.

“Nagpapasalamat talaga ako kasi nakaabot sa amin ang tulong pangkabuhayan ng DOLE. Dagdag income ito sa amin lalo na sa panahon ngayon ng COVID-19 pandemic,” said beneficiary Jenny.

(I’m grateful that DOLE livelihood assistance reaches us for it will augment our daily income.)

“We are happy that this assistance will help a different vulnerable sector in our community, the parents of child laborer, to start a small business and to become an entrepreneur in their respective communities,” RD Agravante said.

DILP is a flagship program of the DOLE which seeks to contribute to poverty reduction and reduce vulnerability to risks of the working poor, vulnerable and marginalized workers either through emergency employment, promotion of entrepreneurship and community enterprises. End/CDGamboa/OMSaltiga