Angel Tree benefits 55 child laborers in Ormoc
NORMA RAE S. COSTIMIANO
August 29, 2019
TACLOBAN CITY – The
Project Angel Tree of the Department of Labor and Employment once
again brought gifts to some fifty-five (55) child laborers during
the celebration of World Day Against Child Labor on August 16, 2019
at Pongos Hotel, Ormoc City.
DOLE Regional Office VIII
partook in the celebration to show support to the fight against
child labor together with the Department of Social Welfare and
Development Regional Office VIII, City Government of Ormoc, ECLIPSE
Inc. and Philippine Association of Social Workers Inc., with the
theme “Children shouldn’t work in fields, but on dreams!”.
Present to grace the
one-day occasion were Ormoc City Mayor Richard I. Gomez, DSWD
Director Maria Angela S. Gapalan, ECLIPSE Inc. Executive Director
Jenny Marx Diancin, DOLE-Technical Services and Support Division
Chief Cristina T. Longjas and DOLE West Leyte Field Office Head, Mr.
Edgar B. Tabuyan.
In her inspirational
message, Ms. Longjas, who was representing DOLE RO VIII Director
Yahya A. Centi, encouraged all the child laborers to not give up on
their dreams especially their education.
“More than giving you
these educational supplies, it is our dream to see you finish your
studies and become successful in the future. What we want to instill
in your minds is that education is important, so please do not give
up even when you experience difficult times”, said Longjas.
DSWD Director Gapalan on
the other hand thanked all the partner agencies for their usual
support to their various initiatives against child labor such as the
Strategic Helpdesks for Information, Education, Livelihood and other
Developmental Interventions (SHIELD) Project.
“Let me take this
opportunity to thank our partner agencies for being so cooperative
and supportive because I believe we can really fight child labor if
we will just put our acts together,” Director Gapalan said.
Aside from the
gift-giving, different topics and information relevant to child
labor were presented. Director Diancin of ECLIPSE Inc., presented
the overview of the World Day Against Child Labor while Ms. Carmela
Pullantes, DSWD Project Development Officer III, gave an orientation
on child rights. Child Labor Initiatives of Ormoc City was also
shared by Hon. Lalaine A. Marcos, Committee Chair on Social
DOLE RO VIII, through its
Project Angel Tree, provided the identified child laborers with
school bags filled with pens, notebooks, papers, crayons and other
educational supplies. The venue was filled with happy faces as the
children received the educational assistance.
activity will be conducted for the child laborers in Kananga, Leyte
and Tacloban City on September 6 and 17, respectively.
Project Angel Tree is a
component of the DOLE Child Labor Prevention and Elimination Program
which provides an array of social services that range from food,
clothing, educational assistance or school supplies, and even work
and training opportunities made available by sponsors or benefactors
(‘angels’) to child laborers and their families. It aims to improve
the economic and social conditions of child laborers and their
families and increase the number of allies and advocates of child
labor prevention and elimination.