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Friday, August 10, 2012
BACOLOD City Councilor Sonya Verdeflor asked Mayor Evelio Leonardia to implement the Department of Interior and Local Government (DILG) directive to allot one percent of the city's Internal Revenue Allotment (IRA) for programs and projects to combat child labor.
She said the local government units are directed through DILG Memorandum Circular issued on July 4, 2012, as required by Republic Act (RA) 9344, or the Juvenile Justice and Welfare Act of 2006, to allot one percent of their IRA for programs and projects to combat child labor.
In the budget hearings for 2013, local government units have to include the said allotment in their Annual Investment Plans (AIP) to make sure that they have lined up programs for the protection of children, more specifically anti-child labor programs.
Verdeflor said the City Government must include among its priority concerns the anti-child labor program, considering that the 2011 National Statistics Office survey on children shows that Western Visayas has the third highest number of child laborers in the country.
Verdeflor chairs the City Council committee on labor and management relations and overseas workers. (CNC)
Published in the Sun.Star Bacolod newspaper on August 10, 2012.