The Department of Labor and Employment (DOLE) Central Luzon recently conducted a consultation meeting on the 2019 implementation of child labor profiling last September 3, 2019 at the DOLE Regional Office III.
Ms. Jannica Marie Harder, Labor and Employment Officer from the Young Workers Development Division, represented the BWSC to the said regional consultation meeting that was participated by the community facilitators, regional and provincial focal persons of the Child Labor Prevention and Elimination Program (CLPEP).
Mr. Alejandro Inza Cruz, TSSD Chief for Employment and Welfare said, "The objective of the consultation meeting is to raise the issues and concerns encountered during the first month of the 2019 profiling of child laborers and seek immediate solutions."
The participants clarified some issues and concerns to assure that they are effectively implementing the said program.
One of the issues raised was the difficulty in coordination with some of the Local Government Units (LGUs) despite the Department of Interior and Local Government (DILG) Memorandum Circular issuance in assisting the enumerators in profiling child laborers.
Harder remarked that the issue will be raised in a proper forum, that is, on a national level meeting with the concerned government agency.
She also said that a manual or guide on how to discuss or orient the data fields in the profiling tool is currently being developed for dissemination to the facilitators and focal persons.
This will also ensure the consistency and familiarity for them to easily explain the tool to the enumerators.
On the issue of child laborers determined by the DOLE but was not considered by the Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD), the facilitators and focal persons may raise the issue through inter-agency meetings.
“Through inter-agency meetings in regional or provincial level, the DOLE may raise that concern and explain to partner agencies and organizations how to evaluate a child who is engaged in child labor,” Harder further remarked.