BY NÉRIO AGUAS
More than 90,000 young people were rescued across the country from the child labor sector.
According to the Department of Labor and Employment (DOLE), the removal of youth from dangerous and inappropriate types of work is underway.
Secretary of Labour, Silvestre H. Bello III, said that the agency took the initiative to develop a database that will serve as a basis for the provision of services and appropriate interventions to move young people away from child labour.
He said the profile of child labor is in line with the goal of the Philippines Development Plan 2017-2022, which aims to reduce the number of child labor cases in the country by 30%.
In 2018, DOLE began collecting vital demographic information on 400,000 working children across the country.
The latest data from the Philippine Statistics Authority (PSA) shows that 597,000 young people continue to be part of child labour, most of them in the agricultural sector.
Meanwhile, cases of online sexual abuse and exploitation of children (OSAEC) have increased by 264% amid the COVID-19 pandemic.
According to Bello, sexual exploitation is among the worst forms of child labor identified by the International Labor Organization (ILO).
In a study by the Institute of Labor Studies (ILS) presented at the National Summit of Stakeholders on the Worst Forms of Child Labour, including Online Sexual Abuse and Exploitation, it is very alarming that it continues to increase due to the fact that young people have access to the internet. .
“Accessible access to the Internet also helps to allow poor families to participate in this money-making scheme”, sab i ni ILS Researcher Frances Camille Dumalaog.
The study also identified cash transfer infrastructure, high English language proficiency, and widespread poverty, which is why OSAEC proliferates in the Philippines.
“Through [profiling] database, DOLE can identify and provide appropriate interventions to remove children from child labour. This includes providing livelihood assistance programs for parents of working children as they will no longer involve their children in hazardous work,” sabi ni DOLE – Director of the Bureau of Workers with Special Concerns Atty. Mother Karina Perida-Trayvilla.