The Department of Labor and Employment (DOLE) has issued around 67,000 working child permit (WCP) as of June 2019. As the number rises, the Bureau of Workers with Special Concerns (BWSC) has realized the need for a real-time updating of data on WCP issuance. Thus, the Bureau developed the Working Child Permit Issuance System (WCPIS).
In February 2018, the BWSC conducted an orientation on the database on working child permit wherein an offline version, macro-enabled excel database on WCPs, which was also developed by the Bureau, was presented.
This offline database is only the first phase of the BWSC’s attempt to improve the data collection and data-sharing on working child permit among the DOLE regional and field offices.
As such, the BWSC conducted a series of orientation for the regional focal persons and information technology personnel on the recent development of the online information system last October 14-16, 2019 at the Hive Hotel in Quezon City for Luzon regions, and on October 16-18, 2019 at the Dynasty Court Hotel in Cagayan de Oro City for Visayas and Mindanao regions.
Mr. Leo Ven Alido, regional information system analyst from the DOLE-Regional Office IV-A, suggested the creation of a dashboard for analytics through graphs, which will make it easier for the focal persons to generate the data that they will use to draft a comprehensive report.
Director Ma. Karina Perida-Trayvilla of the BWSC said that the rise on the number of working child, as well as the challenge on the profiling of child laborers prompted the development of the system.
“We hope that through this orientation, we will be able to collect data on working child permits efficiently and use it to monitor the engagement of working children below 15 years of age in public entertainment or information considering that the issuance of working child permit is one of the frontline services of the DOLE,” Trayvilla added.
Mr. Demark Descatiar of the Program Monitoring and Technical Support Services Division presented and explained the improvements on the WCPIS. He said that it will help automate the issuance of working child permit in the regional and field offices of the DOLE.
It can also migrate the existing data from excel (XLS) to current database through import module of the system, which has a systematic data consolidation function and report generation.