The prevention and elimination of child labor is beneficial in advocating the rights of a child. Since the implementation of Republic Act No. 10661 or the Act Declaring November of Every Year as National Children’s Month, the Department of Labor and Employment (DOLE) through the Bureau of Workers with Special Concerns (BWSC), as the chair of the National Child Labor Committee (NCLC), has spearheaded different activities to commemorate this occasion.
Last November 28, 2019, at the Museo Pambata in Manila, the NCLC conducted a poster making contest that illustrated and interpreted the message “Child Labor Sugpuin, Kinabukasan ng Isang Milyong Batang Malaya Tiyakin.”
Around 40 Grades 7 to 10 students from both private and public schools in Manila participated in the said activity.
Atty. Ana C. Dione, Undersecretary for Regional Operations and Special Concerns, delivered a keynote message during the event.
She said, “We are gathered here today not only to celebrate the gains and successes of the Philippines in the promotion and protection of child rights but also to remind us na ang karapatan ng mga bata ay dapat patuloy na pahalagahan at gampanan para sa kanilang kinabukasan.”
Dione added, “Child labor is one of the child protection issues which require urgent and immediate action in order for children to fully enjoy their rights. The Department of Labor and Employment, as the focal agency for the Philippine Program Against Child Labor, advocates the campaign against child labor to achieve the country’s vision of a child labor-free Philippines.”
In this year’s celebration of National Children’s Month, the 30th anniversary of the Convention on the Rights of the Child was also commemorated. The Convention on the Rights of the Child covers all aspect of a child’s life – from survival, development, protection to child participation. It also explains how adults and governments must work together to ensure that all children can enjoy all their rights.