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31 Jan 2017

Patty Pasion, Rappler (Philippines)

Philippines: ILO, govt. agencies intensify fight against child labour with #1MBatangMalaya (1 Million Free Children) project

“Gov't, ILO vow to free 1 million kids from child labor”, 12 Jan 2017

The Philippine Statistics Authority estimates that there are around 2.1 million Filipino children exposed to hazardous labor, which includes mining.

Among the Sustainable Development Goals set by the United Nations is to eliminate child labor by 2025. To help achieve this objective in the Philippines, national agencies have teamed up with the International Labour Organization.

Their campaign #1MBatangMalaya (1 million free kids) aims to intensify the fight against child labor, and add to the gains accomplished since 2012…

Being at the forefront of upholding children's welfare, the DSWD [Department of Social Welfare and Development] will spearhead the establishment of Strategic Helpdesks for Information, Education, Livelihood, and other Developmental Interventions and the establishment of a new child labor module for its Pantawid Pamilyang Pilipino Program development sessions…

DOLE, for its part, will seek to eliminate child labor from the mining industry. Mining is considered the worst form of child labor due to the exposure to chemicals and the hazardous environment…