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The Department of Labor and Employment (DOLE) Regional Office X promotes a child labor-free Philippines through its continuous effort under the Department’s Child Labor Prevention and Elimination Program (CLPEP) spearheaded by the Bureau of Workers with Special Concerns (BWSC).

The program aims to withdraw child laborers from hazardous works and offer possible employment of the child’s siblings through the Government Internship Program (GIP) or extension of livelihood assistance through the DOLE Integrated Livelihood Program (DILP) or provision of emergency employment under the Tulong Panghanapbuhay sa Ating Displaced/Disadvantaged Workers (TUPAD).

With that, 21-year old Crystal Castillo from Cagayan De Oro was able to work for the government when her brother was profiled as a child laborer last year.

Castillo was employed under the GIP from November 15, 2019 to December 15, 2019 as a Competency Assessment Support Staff at the Technical Education and Skills Development Authority (TESDA) of Region X.

She managed to excel in her performance gaining her an excellent rating during the evaluation, which prompted the TESDA-X to offer her a Job Order position right after her internship.

“Ms. Castillo is dedicated to her work and performs well in all her task, so she was personally recommended by our Provincial Director,” Miraluna T. Calibo, TESDA Specialist II, said.

Castillo also expressed her gratitude towards the Department and its programs.

She said, “I am very glad for the opportunity given to me as a beneficiary of the GIP. I was able to support my brother financially since both our parents are no longer supporting us financially and physically.”

Castillo is under the care of their grandmother and is the breadwinner of their family since her father was put to prison, and her mother abandoned them.

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