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DSWD strengthens efforts against child labor

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In support to the government’s effort to end child labor in the country and in compliance with Republic Act No. 9231 or the Anti-Child Labor Law, the Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) continues to intensify its campaign to eliminate this social ill through various initiatives.

The Department has started the nationwide implementation of the Strategic Help Desks for Information, Education, Livelihood and other Developmental Interventions (SHIELD) against child labor in July this year to strengthen its programs and services in addressing child labor-related concerns at the local level.

Through the establishment of helpdesks and operational Child Labor Local Registry, the DSWD targets to identify child laborers in the community and provide them and their families with an improved access to appropriate services.

Likewise, the Department has allocated a budget for the provision of assistance to 100 child laborers per region under the SHIELD program, which aims to increase their awareness and capacities as well as that of their families, and duty-bearers in addressing child labor.

Furthermore, the DSWD entered into a partnership with the World Vision-Philippines on Project Against Child Exploitation (ACE) also last July of this year to further strengthen the enforcement of the legal framework pertaining to worst form of child labor, including online sexual exploitation and abuse of children and violations of acceptable conditions of work.

Project ACE is a three-year child welfare protection project, which also aims to improve services for the victims and survivors of child labor.

Meanwhile, The Pantawid Pamilyang Pilipino Program (4Ps) developed a Module on Child Labor in collaboration with the International Labour Organization. Through the program’s Family Development Sessions (FDS), the module can reach out to parents and inform them about child labor, its negative effects on their children and their families’ future, and how they can end this problem in their own homes and communities. This initiative aims to start changing the mindset of parents so that they can be part of attaining a community free from child labor concerns.

Lastly, the DSWD chaired the Technical Working Group for social service delivery of the Philippine Plan of Action Against Child Labor, as part of its commitment to the convergence effort to end this social problem affecting children.