Director Ma. Karina Perida-Trayvilla of the Bureau of Workers with Special Concerns (BWSC) pushes for the profiling and monitoring of child laborers in the recently concluded Orientation on the Database on Profiled Child Laborers and Database on Working Child Permit on July 31 to August 3, 2018 at Park Inn by Radisson Davao.
Participants consisted of representatives of DOLE Regional Offices from Visayas and Mindanao. The BWSC, as the DOLE’s agency primarily in-charge for the Philippine Program Against Child Labor, led the orientation.
To meet the target in the Philippine Development Plan of removing 630,000 children from child labor from 2017-2022, the need for enhanced profiling and monitoring of child laborers was already identified by the different DOLE Regional Offices during the previous capacity-building activities.
Thus, the BWSC boosted its efforts in creating an enhanced profiling procedure and developed a database for the regional offices to encode the information gathered systematically. Likewise, the BWSC also developed another database for storing information on working child permits issued by the DOLE.
This is to segregate the data between child laborers and legally-working children, in accordance with Republic Act No. 9231 and its Implementing Rules and Regulations. The said database has been pilot-tested already in all the field offices of DOLE-NCR and currently in use.
As a way forward, Director Trayvilla encouraged the participants to move beyond mere profiling of child laborers and ensure that these children will be able to emerge from the depths of child labor. “Let us keep in mind that we should not stop at profiling the child laborers, our goal is to provide services to them, track their progress until they are totally removed from child labor”, Director Trayvilla said.
“I hope that through these various initiatives, our vision of a child-labor free Philippines will be within our reach”, Director Trayvilla stated.