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On August 9, 2017, the Department of Labor and Employment conducted a consultation with program managers on policy issues in the implementation of the Family Welfare Program (FWP) at the Hotel H2O, Manila. Representatives from the Bureau of Working Conditions (BWC) and Occupational Safety and Health Center, Labor Laws Compliance Officers, and FWP focal persons from the Regional Offices (Regions III, IV-A, and National Capital Region) who are involved in policy development and program implementation participated in the activity. The Bureau of Workers with Special Concerns (BWSC), being the program manager of the FWP, led the conduct of the program.

To raise the awareness of biodiesel workers regarding the benefits that can be availed under the Social Amelioration and Welfare Program (SAWP) and the process of availing, the Bureau of Workers with Special Concerns (BWSC) conducted an information dissemination campaign last July 14 to 15, 2017 in the cities of Lucena and Tayabas, Quezon and on July 20, 2017 in the town of Villanueva, Negros Oriental.

SAWP is a social amelioration scheme instituted under Republic Act No. 9367 (An Act to Direct the Use of Biofuels, Establishing for this Purpose the Biofuel Program, Appropriating Funds, Thereof, and for Other Purposes, or the ‘Biofuels Act of 2006’). It aims to improve the socio-economic well-being of workers in the biofuel industry including their families, through augmentation of income and access to productive resources, social protection coverage, and provision of livelihood and employment opportunities.

On July 19, 2017, the Young Workers Development Division (YWDD) of the Bureau of Workers with Special Concerns and the DOLE Regional Office IV-A assisted the United States Department of Labor Delegation composed of Ms. Monika Hartsel and Mr. Rommel Calderwood, in its visit to Angono, Rizal — the first municipality in the Philippines to be certified as child labor-free.

The purpose of the visit is to gain knowledge about the process of becoming a child labor-free barangay; initiatives undertaken to achieve and sustain such status; best practices; and the role of the local government and other stakeholders in the fight against child labor. “We will be very happy to share to everyone the experience of Angono in fighting child-labor so that they can learn from it”, Ms. Maribeth E. Casin, Chief of YWDD said.

Rizal Park Open Air Auditorium, Manila — On June 17, 2017, the Bureau of Workers with Special Concerns (BWSC) along with its partner agencies in the fight against child labor, celebrated WDACL 2017. The WDACL is being celebrated annually to bring the attention of the public to the problem of child labor. Around 600 participants consisting of the National Child Labor Committee (NCLC) members and other partners under the Philippine Program Against Child Labor (from government, civil society organizations, workers’ organizations, employers’ group, international social development organizations and private sector), children who are former child laborers and are under the care of civil society organizations, youth leaders, other stakeholders, and media attended the celebration.

On June 14, 2017, the Bureau of Workers with Special Concerns in coordination with the Federation of Free Workers (FFW) held a roundtable discussion at Lido Cocina Tsina, Mindanao Avenue, Quezon City. Mr. Melo Acuña facilitated the discussion attended by the panelists Director Adeline T. De Castro of the Department of Labor and Employment; Mr. Giovanni Soledad of the Internal Labor Organization; Atty. Early Langit from the Senate Committee on Labor and Youth; and Mr Julius C. Cainglet of the FFW.

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