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Livelihood Assistance to Parents of Child Laborers

The DOLE livelihood assistance to parents of child laborers is a strategic response to prevent and eliminate child labor. Parents of child laborers are among the priority beneficiaries under the DOLE Integrated Livelihood and Emergency Employment Program (DILEEP). Under the Guidelines of the DILEEP, beneficiaries should not allow their children to be engaged in child labor. The livelihood assistance provided can be in the form of Negokart, starter kits, or materials needed to start a livelihood undertaking.

 NATIONAL COUNCIL AGAINST CHILD LABOR

The National Council Against Child Labor (NCACL), created under Executive Order No. 92 issued on 17 September 2019, is tasked to amplify government efforts for the protection of the rights of vulnerable sectors, especially the children, strengthen related institutional mechanisms, and establish further measures to contribute to the prevention, reduction, and elimination of any form of child labor.

POWERS AND FUNCTIONS

  • Formulate a framework, national action plan, and such other policies, guidelines and programs for the effective enforcement of RA No. 7610, as amended, and other related laws and regulations;
  • Coordinate and oversee the implementation of the PPACL by all concerned agencies and organizations;
  • Coordinate and conduct advocacy campaigns and information dissemination on child labor and existing laws related thereto;
  • Establish child-appropriate mechanisms, including the conduct of capacity-building activities for child laborers, their families and communities, towards their meaningful participation and empowerment;
  • Develop and maintain a knowledge and data management system on child labor that ensures the sharing of relevant information, fosters communication, and improves program monitoring of child labor case referrals;
  • Ensure the conduct of researches, studies, surveys and assessments on child labor, for policy and program development and enhancement;
  • Establish and maintain effective monitoring and evaluation mechanisms, taking into account national action plans and other time-bound measures;
  • Monitor the status of cases filed against individuals, agencies, institutions or establishments that violate the provisions of laws on child labor;
  • Foster cooperation with international development agencies and other competent bodies to provide expert advice on the implementation of the United Nations Convention on the Rights of the Child, International Labor Organization (ILO) Convention 138, ILO Convention 182, RA No. 7610, as amended, and other related laws;
  • Accept donations, contributions, grants or bequests from domestic or foreign sources for the purposes relevant to the Council’s mandates and functions, pursuant to relevant laws and subject to applicable budgetary, accounting and auditing rules and regulations; and
  • Perform such other powers and functions as may be directed by the President.

Composition

Apart from the aforementioned, there shall be two (2) representatives each from the workers sector, employers sector, and non-government organizations with programs on child labor.

Chairperson: Department of Labor and Employment
Co-Chairperson: Department of Social Welfare and Development
Members:

Department of Education
Department of Health
Department of the Interior and Local Government
Department of Justice
Department of Agriculture
Department of Environment and Natural Resources
National Commission on Muslim Filipinos
National Economic and Development Authority
Philippine Information Agency
Technical Education and Skills Development Authority

Council for the Welfare of Children
National Youth Commission
National Commission on Indigenous Peoples

Philippine Statistics Authority
Philippine National Police
National Bureau of Investigation
National Anti-Poverty Commission-Basic Sector on Children

Apart from the aforementioned, there shall be two (2) representatives each from the workers' sector, employers sector, and non-government organizations with programs on child labor.

Read Executive Order No. 92 here.

 WORLD DAY AGAINST CHILD LABOR

Originally launched by the International Labour Organization (ILO) in 2002, the World Day Against Child Labor draws attention to the global extent of child labor and the efforts needed to eliminate it. Every year on 12 June, the World Day brings together national governments, employers’ organizations, trade unions, civil society and millions of children and adults throughout the world to highlight the plight of child laborers and advocate for change.

Every year since 2002, the Philippines joins the international observance 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.

Some of the activities conducted in the country during its commemoration are roundtable and small-group discussion, fora, sabayang pagbigkas, quiz bee, multimedia arts contest, art workshop, concert, storytelling, puppet show, film showing, zumba session, and football clinic. 

WORKING CHILD PERMIT

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 and When to Apply?

WCP shall be filed at the DOLE Regional/Provincial/Field Office having jurisdiction over the workplace of the child at least     three (3) days prior to the shooting/taping/event.

In case the work will be done in more than one (1) workplace falling under the jurisdiction of more than one (1) DOLE Regional/Provincial/ Field.

  

For more information, kindly refer to:

Department Circular No. 2, Series of 2017 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. DOLE Department Order No. 65-04 (Rules and Regulations Implementing Republic Act No. 9231 Amending R.A. 7610, as amended)
  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. 2, Series of 2017 (Guidelines on the Issuance of Work Permit for Children Below 15 years of Age Engaged in Public Entertainment or Information)
  7. DOLE Department Circular No. 2, Series of 2018 (Amending Department Circular No. 2, Series of 2017)
  8. Labor Advisory No. 23, Series of 2020 (Engagement or Participation of a Child below 15 Years of Age in Public Entertainment or Information Pursuant to the Omnibus Guidelines on the Implementation of Community Quarantine in the Philippines)

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