Anti-child labor drive gets P4.7-M fund

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Friday, May 30, 2014


THE anti-child labor campaign in the Philippines was granted a P4.787 million support fund by international mobile phone giant Nokia.

Jason Befus, operations manager of the ABK3 Leap project for World Vision, said Thursday the funds will be utilized for the monitoring child labor in the Philippines.

"It is partially hardware and partially software training at the provincial and municipal level," Befus said.

ABK3 Leap or PagAaral ng Bata para sa Kinabukasan-Livelihoods, Education, Advocacy and Protection focuses on child labor in sugarcane areas and expands its interventions to cover other initiatives.

Earlier, ABK 1 and 2 addressed the six worst forms of child labor through education.

Befus said the initial funding for the ABK3 Leap project was provided by the United States Department of Labor, and it is already on its third year of implementation in the country.

The Provincial Council for the Rights and Welfare of Children (PCRWC) launched Thursday a functional monitoring system to track child labor situation in Negros Occidental, in collaboration with the ABK3 Leap project.

The Child Labor Monitoring System (CLMS) will be piloted in 15 sugar producing cities/municipalities covered by ABK3 Leap, with support from software developer Microsoft.

These are Bacolod City, Bago City, Cauayan, Escalante City, Kabankalan City, La Castellana, Manapla, Moises Padilla, Murcia, Sagay City, San Carlos City, Silay City, Silay City, Talisay City, Toboso and Victorias City.

While there is no available data specific to child labor in sugarcane plantations in the country, ABK3 Leap’s baseline data in Negros Occidental documented 30,760 households with children working in sugarcane farms in 60 barangays within 15 cities/municipalities.

"We have reached about 13,000 children in Negros Occidental that have been provided with education assistance in the form of school supplies and livelihood for their homes. We are also adding 20,000 students to the project nationwide of which 18,000 will be from the province,” Befus said.

Published in the Sun.Star Bacolod newspaper on May 30, 2014.

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