This year’s World Day Against Child Labor (WDACL) theme, No to Child Labor, Yes to Quality Education, calls for free, compulsory and quality education for all children until at least the minimum age for admission to employment, and action to reach those presently in child labor.

“No to Child Labor, Yes to Quality Education, Ito ay pagpapahayag ng sama-sama nating pagtutol sa masamang naidudulot ng child labor at pagpapahayag ng kahalagahan ng edukasyon at pagsasanay bilang pangunahing sandata sa pagsugpo ng child labor”, Labor Secretary Rosalinda Dimapilis-Baldoz stressed on her video message.

According to the Philippine Statistics Authority, an estimated 5.5 million child laborers in the country aged 5-17 years old, are mostly engaged in hazardous work.

“Samahan ninyo kami sa ating-sama-samang pagkilos upang mapuksa ang child labor sa mga pamayanan sa pamamagitan ng ating kampanya na Child Labor-Free Barangay. Samahan ninyo kami na masagip ang mga batang manggagawa sa mga mapang-abusong sitwasyon sa pamamagitan ng pagkilala sa mga Child Labor-Free establishments.” Baldoz said.

Child Labor-Free Barangay and Child Labor-Free establishments are campaigns of DOLE to address the child labor problem in the country.

As part of the nation’s participation on the celebration of WDACL, the International Labor Organization (ILO) in partnership with Rock Ed Philippines, National Historical Commission of the Philippines and the National Child Labor Committee (NCLC), which is chaired by the Department of Labor and Employment (DOLE), organized a Freedom from Child Labor Concert on the night of the celebration of the 117th Philippine Independence Day on June 12, 2015 at the Rizal Park Open Auditorium in Manila.

Artists and rock bands, featuring, Reklamo, Maya’s Anklet, Autotelic Swissy, Dabigdyul and the Behs, Kai Honasan, Ebe Dancel, Noel Cabangon, Brass Pas Pas Pas and The Dawn performed to call for freedom from child labor.

One of the highlights of the program was a pinwheel campaign to end child labor, which was led by ILO CO-Manila Director Lawrence Jeff Johnson together with DOLE Assistant Secretary Maria Gloria A. Tango, NCLC partner agencies’ representatives and other stakeholders. The pinwheel is used as symbol of unity, strength and determination to stand against child labor.

Some representatives from DOLE agencies, other government agencies, non-government organizations, advocate groups, children previously engaged in child labor and several members of the Boy Scout of the Philippines, joined and supported the said concert.

Also, as part of the year long celebration, NCLC will conduct Child Labor App Development Competition and Forum on Child Labor and Education this coming August .

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