Labor and Employment Secretary Rosalinda Dimapilis-Baldoz yesterday said the DOLE Regional Office No. 4-B (MIMAROPA) continues to provide livelihood assistance to parents of child laborers in the region as it steps up its campaign against child labor under the DOLE's Child Labor Free-Barangay Campaign in support of the H.E.L.P. M. E. convergence program.

As of date, our regional office in Region IV-B has released P3,786,197 for various livelihood projects of 426 parents of child laborers all over the MIMAROPA," Baldoz said.

"The beneficiaries of these livelihood projects were based on the result of the DOLE's profiling of vulnerable workers, which indicated the provinces of Occidental and Oriental Mindoro to as areas to have high existence of child laborers," said Baldoz.

She was referring to the survey/profiling conducted this year by the DOLE's Bureau of Workers with Special Concerns to ascertain the extent of vulnerability of informal sector workers, including parents of child laborers.

In a report to Secretary Baldoz, DOLE Regional Offive IV-B Regional Director Teodoro Delson said the regional office has assisted financially the livelihoods of 14 organizations or groups of child labor-parents.

These groups/organizations and the number of beneficiaries, their livelihoods, and the amounts of livelihood assistance provided are as follows:

Occidental Mindoro--(1) Samahang Mahihirap with 18 beneficiaries, P180,000 for its bakery and peanut butter-making; (2) Rumbang Womens Association with 30 beneficiaries, P275,250 for its hog raising and fattening; (3) Unlad sa Sarili (Samahan ng Mahihirap) with 45 beneficiaries, P426,000 for its curtains, pillowcase, sofa cover, door mats, pot holders, and bags manufacturing; (4) Sitio Mendigorin Parents Association with 27 beneficiaries, P270,000 for its candy-making business; (5) Samahan ng Mangingisda ng Brgy. Salvacion with 30 beneficiaries, P300,000 for its tuyo and tinapa-making project; (6) Salvacion Women's Association with 23 beneficiaries, P230,000 for its meat processing business; (7) Salvacion Parents' Association with 31 beneficiaries, P310,000 for its motorized fishing boat with fishing net; and (8) Samahan ng mga Kababaihan ng Brgy. Adela with 23 members, P202,630 for its hog raising and fattening business.

In Oriental Mindoro, Regional Director Delson said the beneficiaries were (1) B. Del Mundo Agriculture & Fishery Association with 35 beneficiaries, P352,925 for its smoked fish processing; (2) Samahan ng Pag-aalaga ng Manukan with 22 beneficiaries, P210,450 for its establishment of a poultry raising farm; (3) Campaasan Association of Vulnerable Workers with 30 beneficiaries, P201,450 for its handicraft-making; (4) Parents of Disadvantaged Youth Association with 37 members, P147,800 for its peanut butter-making; and (5) Samahan ng Mananahi with 35 beneficiaries, P330,700 for its home garments manufacturing,

There is also one association in Romblon that received livelihood assistance. This was the Sablayan Parents Association in Brgy. Sablayan, Romblon, with 40 beneficiaries who received P348,992 for the establishment of a fish processing facility.

Under the DOLE's Child Labor-Free Barangay campaign, the DOLE provides livelihood assistance to parents of identified child laborers to enable them to earn income and thus wean their children away from child labor.

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