On June 30, 2021, the Bureau of Workers with Special Concerns (BWSC) together with the Technical Working Group for Knowledge Management and Advocacy of the National Council Against Child Labor (NCACL) conducted the Talakayang Pambata - an online talk show hosted by Mr. Julius Cainglet of the Federation of Free Workers (FFW), as a culminating activity for the 2021 World Day Against Child Labor (WDACL) celebration.
Highlights from the WDACL celebration were featured like the spoken word poetry contest that ran from May 29 to June 15, 2021, live “Kwentuhan with Ate Melai” by the National Library of the Philippines held last June 9, ChildFund Philippines Inc. virtual event on saving the children from hazardous work last June 12, ceremonial signing of Project A.C.E or Project Against Child Exploitation between Department of Social Welfare and Development (DWSD) and World Vision on June 14, as well as Bata, Bata, Sagot Kita episodes on June 14, 16, and 22, with the Council for the Welfare of Children (CWC) and the BWSC represented by BWSC’s Director, Atty. Ma. Karina Perida-Trayvilla.
The WDACL was also commemorated at the Bangsamoro Autonomous Region of Muslim Mindanao (BARMM) with the presentation of the Bangsamaro Child Labor Sagip Program last June 15, 2021.
On June 18, 2021, the World Vision and the American Bar Association presented to the national level their legal and policy analysis on minimum standards for occupational safety and health and the worst forms of child labor.
It also featured activities done by the DOLE Regional Offices from Project Angel Tree to providing livelihood assistance to parents of child laborers, exhibition of information materials, as well as the conduct of DOLEkula by the DOLE Northern Mindanao.
Secretary Silvestre H. Bello III expressed his commitment to the #BatangMalaya campaign. He said, “Napakahalaga ang whole-of-society approach upang makamtan natin ang ating mithiin na wakasan ang child labor. Kaya’t ating pagtibayin ang ating pakikipag-ugnayan sa iba’t ibang ahensiya ng pamahalaan, at sa ibang sektor ng lipunan.”
He added that he is one with the goal of ending child labor, “Ako si Silvestre H. Bello III, Kalihim ng Kagawaran ng Paggawa at Chairman ng NCACL, ay kaisa sa kampanya laban sa child labor.”
He was also joined in the campaign by Secretary Rolando Bautista of the DSWD, Secretary Leonor Briones of the Department of Education, Secretary Eduardo Año of the Department of Interior and Local Government, Undersecretary Emmeline Aglipay-Villar of the Department of Justice, Secretary William Dar of the Department of Agriculture, Undersecretary Rosemarie Edillon of the National Economic Development Authority, Director-General Ramon Cualoping III of the Philippine Information Agency, Secretary Isidro Lapeña of the Technical Education and Skills Development Authority, Chairperson Ryan Enriquez of the National Youth Commission, Undersecretary Dennis Mapa of the Philippine Statistics Authority, OIC Eric Distor of the National Bureau of Investigation (NBI), and Mr. Joseph Furing, Executive Officer for Operations of the NBI.
Other organizations like the International Labour Organization (ILO) through its Director, Mr. Khalid Hassan, ChildFund Philippines through their Project Coordinator, Ms. Bella Eustaquio, Congressman Raymond Democrito Mendoza of the Trade Union Congress of the Philippines, among others, also delivered their message of support for the movement.
Winners for the spoken word poetry contest were announced for both categories - Category 1 for below 18 years old, and Category 2 for 18 to 30 years old.
People’s Choice Award for Category 1 was bagged by Mr. Christian Narvaez, while Ms. Bethel Joy Tapalla got the award for Category 2. Winners will get ₱3,000.00 each.
For the main event, Ms. Mekka Ella Decinella placed 3rd for Category 1 and Mr. Rhen Dale Lopez for Category 2, both winners will get ₱5,000.00 each. For second place, Mr. Kenneth Cesar Mangaco for Category 1 and Ms. Angelica Zipagan for Category 2 bagged the awards which will earn them ₱5,000.00 each as cash prizes.
Ms. Rajiha Abdullah’s piece, “Ako si Nena” was hailed first place for Category 1, and Ms. Bethel Joy Tapalla’s “Selda” for Category 2. They will each get ₱10,000.00 as prizes.
To conclude the event, the global winner for the ILO’s Music Against Child Labour, Bernice Pitroipa from Burkina Faso in West Africa showcased her piece entitled, “I did not ask”.