Child Labor

Group calls end to child labor

Published by rudy Date posted on June 10, 2010

THE opening of the World Cup in South Africa today, Friday, has caught the International Labor Organization (ILO) as it celebrates the World’s Day Against Child Labor on June 12.

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ILO to hold annual survey on child labor

Published by rudy Date posted on June 10, 2010

THE INTERNATIONAL Labor Organization (ILO) is backing a plan to hold an annual survey on the state of child labor in the country in line with efforts to curb the practice of employing minors by 2016.

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EDITORIAL AFP uses child soldiers?

Published by rudy Date posted on June 4, 2010

On May 22, newspapers all over the world carried a story saying UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon had urged the UN Security Council to consider taking tough measures against countries and insurgent groups that recruit and use child soldiers.

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DFA: Probe on use of child soldiers by AFP found to be false

Published by rudy Date posted on June 2, 2010

MANILA, Philippines – The Department of Foreign Affairs (DFA) yesterday said the annual report of the secretary-general to the United Nations Security Council on Children and Armed Conflict regarding isolated incidents committed by the Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP) have been investigated and were found to be false.

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NGOs and children’s welfare–and exploitation too

Published by rudy Date posted on June 1, 2010

Millions of Filipino children and youth are in one or more ways suffering the ill effects of poverty. Malnutrition, lack of access to good quality education and health care, parental neglect, exposure to domestic violence and drug abuse, sexual abuse and other forms of exploitation, are more common than most of us would like to…

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No child warriors in NPA, say Reds

Published by rudy Date posted on May 31, 2010

MANILA, Philippines—The New People’s Army (NPA) does not recruit child warriors or brutalize children caught up in its struggle with government forces, a leader of the Communist Party of the Philippines (CPP) on self-exile in the Netherlands said yesterday.

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Unintended Effects of Microfinance: An Increase in Child Labour in Some Contexts?

Published by rudy Date posted on May 28, 2010

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UN lists RP among world’s worst child rights violators

Published by rudy Date posted on May 24, 2010

United Nations (UN) Secretary General Ban Ki-Moon has expressed deep concern over grave human rights violations against Filipino children as both rebel and government forces have killed and recruited them during ongoing conflicts in the country.

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UN says 3 insurgent groups in RP use child soldiers

Published by rudy Date posted on May 23, 2010

MANILA, Philippines – The United Nations (UN) named yesterday three active insurgent groups in the Philippines as persistent users of child soldiers in armed conflicts and expressed serious concern about national armed forces using children for military intelligence and interrogation purposes.

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New “Roadmap” to Boost Action on Child Labour

Published by rudy Date posted on May 14, 2010

Brussels, 14 May 2010 (ITUC OnLine):  The ITUC has welcomed the adoption of a new child labour “Roadmap” http://www.ilo.org/wcmsp5/groups/public/—dgreports/—dcomm/documents/meetingdocument/wcms_127018.pdf at an international conference in the Dutch capital The Hague this week, which will give a new push to reach a target set by the International Labour Organisation to eliminate the worst forms of child labour…

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The State of Child Labour Today

Published by rudy Date posted on May 7, 2010

In 2006, the ILO’s second Global Report on Child Labour showed that significant progress was being made in the fight against child labour . Encouraged by the positive trend, the ILO established a visionary target – to eliminate child labour in its worst forms by 2016. Four years on, the third Global Report paints a…

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Child labor in show business

Published by rudy Date posted on April 18, 2010

When people talk about child laborers, they generally refer to juvenile sakada workers, house-help, watch-your-car boys, little sampaguita vendors, port area baggage kids and beggars. Some people in show business, however, hope that child stars and starlets will soon be added to that list.

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Law pushed vs training of children as assassins

Published by rudy Date posted on December 21, 2009

MANILA, Philippines – A neophyte party-list group yesterday called on Congress to pass a bill that will criminalize the act of training children to be assassins as this is not covered by any existing child protection laws.

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Cops bust Divisoria gang using minors in thefts

Published by rudy Date posted on December 20, 2009

MANILA, Philippines – Police arrested yesterday the alleged leaders of a gang that employs minors to prey on shoppers in Divisoria, Manila. This developed as police doubled its patrols in the area following an upsurge in robberies and thefts reported by shoppers.

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Ex-child assassin: ‘I killed hundreds for the Ampatuans’

Published by rudy Date posted on December 17, 2009

MANILA, Philippines – A man who admits to have worked as a child assassin for the powerful Ampatuan clan based in Maguindanao province came forward with “shocking” testimony of mass murders carried out by young boys in the service of the Ampatuan family.

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‘Crime syndicates recruiting minors’

Published by rudy Date posted on December 7, 2009

MANILA, Philippines – The Quezon City Police District (QCPD) warned the public yesterday that criminal syndicates are recruiting minors to stage crimes such as robberies, then killing them once they have served their purpose.

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Establishments violating Child Labor Law face closure – DoLE

Published by rudy Date posted on November 6, 2009

The Department of Labor and Employment (DoLE) has issued guidelines stating that any business, firm or establishment violating any of the provisions of Republic Act 9231 more than three times may be ordered closed by the secretary or the regional directors.

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Will Pldt-Smart lead fight against child pornography?

Published by rudy Date posted on October 11, 2009

While the watery floods killed and damaged hundreds of people in the Philippines, many of them children, another kind of flood is continuously destroying the innocent lives of children and youth. That’s the flood of child pornography coming into the Philippines and more of it made here with Filipino children being abused, videotaped and transmitted…

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Minors engage govt troops in clash with NPA groups

Published by rudy Date posted on October 8, 2009

Camp Crame has received reports that government troops arrested three minors during an encounter with the communist rebels in Catanduanes province on Tuesday morning. The New People’s Army (NPA) has consistently denied using minors in their combat exercise against the state.

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Child labor provokes boycott of our exports

Published by rudy Date posted on September 20, 2009

The United States has called for a boycott of a dozen Philippine exports because of the widespread use of child labor in agriculture, tobacco, pig raising, fireworks and the making of child pornography.

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DOLE protests report that RP goods made with child labor

Published by rudy Date posted on September 13, 2009

MANILA, Philippines – The Department of Labor and Employment (DOLE) yesterday protested the inclusion of the Philippines in the United States’ list of countries with goods produced with child labor.

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Child, forced labor rampant in RP — US report

Published by rudy Date posted on September 12, 2009

The Philippines, Liberia, Burma and Cambodia use child labor to produce everything, the US Department of Labor said in a report published Thursday.

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US Labor Department report, porn, fireworks, gems made with child labor

Published by rudy Date posted on September 11, 2009

WASHINGTON – Children are used to produce everything from pornography in Ukraine to fireworks in the Philippines and diamonds in Sierra Leone, the US Department of Labor said in a report published Thursday.

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TUCP Statement to the Asia Region Tripartite Consultation on Draft Guides for the Preparation of National Child Labour Policies and Action Plans and on Mainstreaming Child Labour Concerns in Broader Policy Frameworks

Published by rudy Date posted on August 26, 2009

TUCP Statement to the Asia Region Tripartite Consultation on Draft Guides for the Preparation of  National Child Labour Policies and Action Plans and on Mainstreaming Child Labour Concerns in Broader Policy Frameworks 23-25 November 2009, Bangkok, Thailand Sis. Susanita Tesiorna Informal Sector Coalition of the Philippines (ISP/TUCP) On behalf of the Workers’ Delegates On behalf…

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Unicef, MILF sign action plan on child soldiers

Published by rudy Date posted on August 3, 2009

MANILA, Philippines – The United Nations Secretary General’s Special Representative for Children and Armed Conflict said compliance to the action plan signed by the Moro Islamic Liberation Front (MILF) and the United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF) on Friday to prevent the continued recruitment of child soldiers requires close follow-up.

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IPEC News

Published by rudy Date posted on August 1, 2009

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MILF agrees to removing child soldiers from ranks

Published by rudy Date posted on August 1, 2009

SEPARATIST group Moro Islamic Liberation Front (MILF) has agreed to remove child soldiers from its ranks, the United Nations Children’s Fund (Unicef)-Philippines reported Friday.

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Police, military on alert vs child bombers at South Cotabato anniversary

Published by rudy Date posted on July 14, 2009

KORONADAL CITY, Philippines  – Police and military operatives are on the lookout for child bombers reportedly being used by the al-Qaida linked Jemaah Islamiyah (JI) to stage bomb attacks while the South Cotabato province is celebrating its 43rd foundation anniversary from July 10 to 18.

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Task forces on child labor converge

Published by rudy Date posted on July 13, 2009

Various task forces from areas with high prevalence of child labor met in June in a unique assembly meant to inspire people to continue upholding child labor education as a priority issue.

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More than 100 million girls are forced to work in worst forms of child labor–ILO

Published by rudy Date posted on June 16, 2009

Despite the progress of the global fight against child labor, the economic crisis still threatens to increase the number of child laborers, the International Labor Organization (ILO) said Monday. In its report titled “Give Girls a Chance: Tackling child labor, a key to the future,” the ILO said girls in particular are in danger of…

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