Child Labor

More girls to work, stop schooling due to crisis

Published by rudy Date posted on June 15, 2009

Their parents lost jobs in massive layoffs The global financial crisis is expected to push a huge number of children, particularly girls, to drop out of school and become laborers, according to a study by the International Labour Organization (ILO) released Monday.

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Child labour worsening due to global crisis

Published by rudy Date posted on June 12, 2009

Brussels, 12 June 2009 (ITUC OnLine): Millions of children, especially girls, risk falling out of education and into work as the impact of the world economic crisis deepens, the ITUC has warned today, the World Day Against Child Labour.

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Girls in gold-mining: “I don’t want my children to be like me”

Published by rudy Date posted on June 11, 2009

Over 18,000 girls and boys are engaged in mining and quarrying in the Philippines. For many generations, the search for gold in small-scale mining has been a means of survival for poor families. Girls in such work are particularly vulnerable.

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Migrant working girls, victims of the global crisis

Published by rudy Date posted on June 11, 2009

More than 100 million girls are involved in child labour worldwide, according to a new ILO report for World Day against Child Labour 2009. The report warns that the global financial crisis could push an increasing number of children, particularly girls, into child labour. ILO Online reports from Moscow where migrant workers and their children…

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Burden of gold: Children mine workers in Bicol

Published by rudy Date posted on May 3, 2009

VIRAC, Catanduanes: Each day starts early for Aiza, her sister Angeline and their mother Emily.

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All is not lost: Child labor has declined worldwide

Published by rudy Date posted on May 3, 2009

AFTER a decade of one of the largest social reform movements ever seen, the end of child labor is now within grasp.

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‘Children of the evening dew’

Published by rudy Date posted on May 3, 2009

THEY are called “Shine Girls” in Davao. Batang tun-og or “children of the evening dew” in General Santos. “Vitamin C” in Cagayan de Oro.

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The world of RP’s 4 million child workers

Published by rudy Date posted on May 3, 2009

“PROSTITUTION” to pay for school fees is just one of the many guises of children in the Philippine flesh trade.

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Uphill battle vs. worst proof of poverty

Published by rudy Date posted on May 3, 2009

“The government is committed to reduce and finally eradicate the incidence of child labor,” Labor and Employment Secretary Marianito Roque told The Manila Times. “Most of the country’s child labor arises from poverty in the countryside. That is why we launched last year our four-year project to help indigent parents send their children to school.”

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Number of child laborers in RP to increase due to financial crisis- ILO

Published by rudy Date posted on April 24, 2009

MANILA, Philippines – More Filipino children nationwide face the prospect of leaving school and working at a young age due to the prevailing global economic crisis, the International Labor Organization (ILO) warned yesterday.

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3 minors, 7 others rescued from illegal recruiters

Published by rudy Date posted on March 4, 2009

MARIVELES, Bataan: Police rescued three minors and seven others who were allegedly sweet-talked into working at a construction site in Balanga City but ended in Calauag, Quezon Province and reportedly forced to work without proper and just compensation, Mayor Jessie Concepcion of Mariveles announced Tuesday.

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5 minors working as ‘sacada’ rescued

Published by rudy Date posted on February 5, 2009

BACOLOD CITY – Negros Occidental policemen rescued on Monday five minors from Antique working as sacada (sugar farm workers) in Murcia, provincial police director Senior Supt. Manuel Felix said.

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Stopping military conscription of children

Published by rudy Date posted on January 31, 2009

CHIEF Prosecutor Luis Moreno Ocampo of the International Criminal Court (ICC) stressed that he will bring to justice those who bear the greatest responsibility for serious crimes.

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Soldiers capture MILF child warrior in Sarangani

Published by rudy Date posted on January 26, 2009

16-year-old combatant was taken into custody by the provincial welfare and development office MAITUM, Sarangani: Pursuing soldiers captured a child warrior of the Moro Islamic Liberation Front who has been wounded in the recent firefight.

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US Department of Labor gives award to Pinay NGO worker

Published by rudy Date posted on January 18, 2009

The United States Department of Labor has awarded a Filipina with the first annual Iqbal Masih Award for the Elimination of Child Labor.

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Asia must act to prevent growth in child labor: expert

Published by rudy Date posted on January 11, 2009

SINGAPORE – Asia must act quickly to prevent millions of children dropping out of school to go to work as the global economic crisis worsens, a rights expert has warned.

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DepEd-World Vision partnership to train teachers on anti-child labor advocacy

Published by rudy Date posted on January 1, 2009

The Department of Education (DepEd) has partnered with World Vision Development Fund (WVDF) for the training of public school teachers on anti-child exploitation advocacy.

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MILF to stop recruiting child soldiers – UN special envoy

Published by rudy Date posted on December 13, 2008

The Philippines’ main Muslim separatist group has agreed to stop recruiting child soldiers and return those in its ranks to civilian life, a United Nations official said Friday.

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Child warriors appall UN

Published by rudy Date posted on December 13, 2008

THE United Nations and the Moro Islamic Liberation Front will start next year their talks on an action plan to stop the recruitment of children as soldiers. Radhika Coomaraswamy, special representative of the Secretary General for Children and Armed Conflict, revealed this yesterday during a press conference in Ortigas, Pasig City.

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UN lauds RP children protection program

Published by rudy Date posted on December 10, 2008

The United Nations has lauded the Philippine government for implementing its unique program of protecting children in conflict areas.

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MILF to stop using child warriors

Published by rudy Date posted on December 8, 2008

A ranking United Nations official said yesterday the Moro Islamic Liberation Front (MILF) has committed to stop its practice of recruiting and using children in combat operations.

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More high school graduates now joining RP labor force

Published by rudy Date posted on December 8, 2008

More high school graduates are now opting to work rather than pursue higher education, the Department of Labor and Employment (DOLE) reported yesterday.

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Child rights advocates to report government violations to visiting UN representative

Published by rudy Date posted on December 8, 2008

Children rights advocates in the country will submit reports of child rights violations committed by the Arroyo administration to visiting United Nations Secretary-General’s Special Representative for Children and Armed Conflict Radhika Coomaraswamy.

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Captured NPA rebel admits recruiting Quezon teenager

Published by rudy Date posted on December 8, 2008

A New People’s Army (NPA) guerrilla, who was earlier captured by military forces in Quezon province, admitted that they recruited the 15-year-old boy whose family had reported missing.

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Woman charged for pushing teens as sex workers

Published by rudy Date posted on December 3, 2008

The Manila City Prosecutor’s Office has filed criminal charges before the Manila Regional Trial Court yesterday against a 34-year-old woman for inducing female minors to solicit sex.

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Bar operators get 20-year jail term for trafficking minors

Published by rudy Date posted on November 28, 2008

Two bar operators in Daraga, Albay were sentenced to 20 years of imprisonment for trafficking minors for sexual exploitation. One is the owner and the other is the cashier. They were also made to pay P1 million each in fine.

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Lawmaker warns of child traffickers prowling evacuation centers in South

Published by rudy Date posted on September 24, 2008

The massive dislocation of families due to the raging armed conflict in Mindanao has spurred the trafficking of children, Rep. Emmylou Taliño-Mendoza of Cotabato warned Sunday. “A growing number of young girls and boys whose families have been displaced by constant armed strife have become extremely vulnerable to trafficking by illegal job recruiters and all…

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Palace to take MILF recruitment of child soldiers before UN

Published by rudy Date posted on September 19, 2008

Malacañang aims to bring before the United Nations the Moro Islamic Liberation Front’s (MILF) recruitment of children as fighters. Executive Secretary Eduardo Ermita said the government has photographs to show that the MILF is using children in combat. The photographs were seized by troops from captured MILF camps, he added.

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Kid prostitutes sold like fish

Published by rudy Date posted on September 13, 2008

THIRTEEN girls aged 13 to 15 and recruited in Quezon City ended up being sold as prostitutes at P600 each to fishermen in Infanta, Quezon. The victims are out-of-school youths and residents of Batasan Hills, Quezon City.

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Lure child workers back to school — GMA

Published by rudy Date posted on September 12, 2008

PRESIDENT Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo has directed the Department of Education to step measures to end child labor and bring back these children to school. “The role of children is to study, learn and play, not to earn a living at their tender age.” President Arroyo pointed out. “I am therefore pleased that DepEd is working with…

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