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A child labor-free Philippines



The Philippine Program Against Child Labor (PPACL) works to transform the lives of child laborers, their families, and communities, towards their sense of self-worth, empowerment and development.

The PPACL works towards the prevention and progressive elimination of child labor through protection, withdrawal, healing and reintegration of child workers into a caring society.



The Philippine Program Against Child Labor is guided by the following development principles:

  • Child-focused action
  • Rights-based approach
  • Results-based management
  • Gender-responsiveness
  • Cultural sensitivity
  • Sustainable development
  • Children and youth participation
  • Good governance
  • Decent work for all
  • Community development
  • Inter-agency, tripartite and multi-sectoral collaboration



Institutionalized National Child Labor Committee (NCLC) towards better coordination of its members and partners at all level

  • Policies and guidelines issued to institutionalize the national, regional, provincial and municipal/city child labor committees
  • Inter-agency arrangements made on the identification, profiling, rescue, referral and management of child laborers in the informal economy
  • Strengthen partnership and coordination with child labor committees, provincial/municipal/city/barangay councils for the protection of children


Stronger financial support for programs supporting withdrawal of child laborers from hazardous work

  • Budgets made available for supporting NCLC with full-time secretariat and program implementers
  • Resources for anti-child labor program implementation mobilized


Improved and inclusive enforcement of anti-child labor laws at the national and local levels

  • Child labor inspection and monitoring activities intensified and LGUs and other stakeholders capacitated
  • Capacities of implementers and partners to enforce anti-child labor laws strengthened


Expanded access of child laborers and their families to social protection, health, education and decent work

  • Provision of livelihood assistance, psycho-social interventions, health services, legal support and other social protection services to child laborers and their families
  • Alternative learning system and alternative delivery mode of education expanded to reach more children at risk of child labor
  • Employment/livelihood opportunities provided to 15-17 year old child laborers
  • Parents/adult members of households with child laborers engaged in productive work


Improved generation, dissemination and use of knowledge on child labor among stakeholders, policymakers and program implementers

  • Child Labor Knowledge Sharing System (CLKSS) maintained and promoted
  • CLKSS database expanded
  • Child labor-related concerns integrated with DOLE 1349 Hotline
  • Awareness on child labor issues and innovations heightened


National Child Labor Monitoring and Evaluation System established and maintained

  • Monitoring and evaluation framework, scorecards and instruments on child labor developed
  • Monitoring and evaluation system used by national and local child labor implementers
  • Evaluation and refinement of M&E system


 Note:This Strategic Framework represents the ideas and goals of social partners committed to the movement against child labor, through their participation in Strategic Planning Workshops for the Philippine Program Against Child Labor for 2017-2022.

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