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About 500 students from private and public secondary schools in the National Capital Region and Region IV-A will join this year’s celebration of World Day Against Child Labor sa Pilipinas 2015 which will be held on August 28, 2015 at the Occupational Safety and Health Center in Quezon City.

The local theme “Edukasyon at Pagsasanay, tungo sa Marangal na Buhay” underscores the importance of quality education as a key step in addressing child labor in the country.

According to the 2011 survey on children conducted by the Philippine Statistics Authority (formerly National Statistics Office), there are 2.1 million children 5-17 years of age who are engaged in child labor.

Since 2002, the Philippines annually participates in the global celebration of World Day Against Child Labor to raise awareness on the plight of child laborers and to demonstrate the country’s solidarity in the worldwide campaign against child labor.

This year, the National Child Labor Committee chaired by the Department of Labor and Employment, will facilitate the whole day celebration with activities intended to promote quality education and to spread awareness on child labor through friendly inter-school competitions.

Participating schools will compete in the Batang Malaya Quiz Bee and Sabayang Pagbigkas Para sa Batang Malaya.

Representatives from the DOLE, DepEd and ILO will serve as panelists in a “Kapihan” format public discussion on the policies related to education and employment of children in the Philippines particularly those who are involved in child labor.

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