Phl addresses child labor in mining

Published by rudy Date posted on April 28, 2011

MANILA, Philippines (Xinhua) – President Benigno Aquino III ordered the Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) to address child labor in the mining industry, a senior government official said today.

Presidential spokesperson Edwin Lacierda said Aquino convened an inter-agency group to study and come up with a more defined and rational policy on mining in efforts to protect not only the richly bio-diversified areas in the country but also the interest of the minors in this sector.

“There was a decision to make sure that certain mining policies be defined, be fine tuned and issues between local laws and national laws on mining be further clarified,” said Lacierda.

Also part of the discussions, Lacierda said, was to identify who should regulate the operation of small scale mining in the country.

He pointed out that concerned agencies were tasked to carry out their functions that will ensure the strict regulation of mining activities.

“The DSWD was also told to make sure that all these areas where there is child labor being used in mining be monitored and prohibited,” Lacierda added. –(

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