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Background

A Working Child Permit (WCP) is the permit secured by the employer, parent or guardian from the Department for any child below 15 years of age in any work allowed under Republic Act No. 9231.

Under Republic Act No. 9231 (An Act Providing for the Elimination of the Worst Forms of Child Labor and Affording Stronger Protection for the Working Child, Amending for This Purpose Republic Act No. 7610, as Amended, Otherwise Known as the “Special Protection of Children from Child Abuse, Exploitation and Discrimination Act”) and its Implementing Rules and Regulations (IRR) (Department Order No. 65-04), children below the age of 15 are not allowed to be employed, permitted, or suffered to work, in any public or private establishment. However, the law provides two (2) exceptions to this rule. The child may be employed only when he/she works: 1. directly under the sole responsibility of his/her parents or guardian or 2. when his/her participation in public entertainment or public information is essential.

In any of these exceptions, the employer, parent or guardian should secure first the working child permit before such child will be allowed to commence work, usually on short term and per project basis, in a family undertaking or public entertainment or information.   

Documentary Requirements

FIRST APPLICATION:

  1. Notarized and duly accomplished WCP Application Form
  2. Proof of schooling (any of the following)
  3. Certificate of Enrollment
  4. Current School ID
  5. Certified True Copy of Current Report Card
  6. If the child is not enrolled, Notarized Affidavit that the child shall be enrolled in the next school year
  7. Authenticated copy of the child’s Birth Certificate or Certificate of Late Registration of Birth issued by the Philippine Statistics Authority or city/municipal registrar
  8. Medical Certificate issued by a licensed physician showing the physician’s full name, signature and license number (valid within 1 month from date of issuance)
  9. Two (2) passport size photographs of the child
  10. Any valid government issued ID of parent/guardian
  11. When the employer is the parent, guardian, or a family member other than the parent of the child
  12. For legal guardian – Authenticated proof of legal guardianship
  13. For family member – Proof of relationship to the child
  14. When the employer is in public entertainment or information
  15. Certified true copy of the employer’s business permit or Mayor’s Permit
  16. Notarized Employment Contract between the employer and the child’s parents or guardian
  17. Application fee (Php 100.00)

 

SUCCEEDING APPLICATION:

  1. Notarized and duly accomplished WCP Application Form
  2. Previously issued WCP Card
  3. Proof of schooling (any of the following)
  4. Certificate of Enrollment
  5. Current School ID
  6. Certified True Copy of Current Report Card
  7. Medical Certificate issued by a licensed physician showing the physician’s full name, signature and license number (valid within 1 month from date of issuance)
  8. Two (2) passport size photographs of the child
  9. Any valid government issued ID of parent/guardian
  10. Trust Fund or Savings Account Certificate issued by a bank under the child’s name
  11. When the employer is the parent, guardian, or a family member other than the parent of the child
  12. For legal guardian – Authenticated proof of legal guardianship
  13. For family member – Proof of relationship to the child
  14. When the employer is in public entertainment or information
  15. Certified true copy of the employer’s business permit or Mayor’s Permit
  16. Notarized Employment Contract between the employer and the child’s parents or guardian
  17. Application fee (Php 100.00)

 Validity Period

Based on the employment contract of the working child but not to exceed one (1) year

 

Where to Apply

DOLE Field Offices (FOs)

 

When to Apply

Application should be filed three (3) working days prior to the shooting/taping/event

For more information, kindly refer to:

Department Circular No. 02-17 Guidelines on the Issuance of Work Permit for Children Below 15 years of Age Engaged in Public Entertainment or Information.

 

Additional Info Links:

  1. Republic Act No. 9231
  2. Rules and Regulations Implementing Republic Act No. 9231 Amending R.A. 7610
  3. Data on WCPs issued per region during 2010-2014 (SPRS data).
  4. WCP downloadables
  5. Application for WCP full presentation
  6. Department Circular No. 02-17 Guidelines on the Issuance of Work Permit for Children Below 15 years of Age Engaged in Public Entertainment or Information

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