Child Labor

Special Report: Invisible workers (First of three parts)

Published by rudy Date posted on June 24, 2015

WHEN vehicles slow down as they exit Bogo City, Cebu, Mina (not her real name), 14, leaps into the street, waving budbud kabog (millet and coconut milk rolls) before car windows, the few seconds before the cars roll into Tabogon town the only time she has to close a sale.

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10 good practices to address child labor in agriculture

Published by rudy Date posted on June 19, 2015

A new guide released by the Food and Agriculture Organization aims to help in reducing the number of child workers all over the world MANILA, Philippines – The Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO), in partnership with the Humboldt University of Berlin, recently released a guide that aims to make sure anti-child labor measures are included…

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Survey: At least 1 in 5 PH households has one child laborer

Published by rudy Date posted on June 15, 2015

DAVAO CITY — Jepoy, 16, has been working for a sugarcane plantation in Bukidnon since he was 12 years old. At a young age, he decided to work to help his family for their survival.

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Concert rocks for an end to child labor in the Philippines

Published by rudy Date posted on June 15, 2015

There are 2.1 million child laborers in the Philippines. We must put a stop to this! MANILA, Philippines – Local Filipino artist and bands took to the stage on Friday, June 12 at the Rizal Park Open Auditorium to help raise awareness against child labor in the Philippines. The event marked Independence Day in the…

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New ILO study points to the long-term impact of child labour

Published by rudy Date posted on June 11, 2015

New ILO report shows the need for coherent policies tackling child labour and the lack of decent jobs for youth together. GENEVA (ILO News) – Around 20 to 30 per cent of children in low income countries complete their schooling and enter the labour market by the age of 15, says a new International Labour…

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Philippines strives to end recruitment of child soldiers

Published by rudy Date posted on May 20, 2015

MANILA, 20 May 2015 (IRIN) – The publicity surrounding an 11-year-old communist rebel reported to have surrendered to the Philippines military this month has served as a harsh reminder of the work still to be done to rid the South East Asian country of the scourge of child soldiers.

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Labor Secretary calls for end to child labor

Published by rudy Date posted on May 4, 2015

TUGUEGARAO CITY, Cagayan, May 4 (PIA) – – Secretary Rosalina Dimapilis-Baldoz of the Department of Labor and Employment (DOLE) has called on all concerned agencies, local government units and other stakeholders to help put an end to all forms of child labor in the country. Baldoz said the department has already implemented the Child Labor-Free…

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Child labor persists in the Philippines

Published by rudy Date posted on March 16, 2015

OUR country is a signatory to the United Nations Convention on the Rights of the Child. We have enough laws against child labor. And yet the worst forms of child labor can still be found in many parts of the country today, according to a recent European Commission-funded study.

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Child labor free project gains ground

Published by rudy Date posted on February 26, 2015

THE Department of Labor and Employment (Dole) is pleased with the positive response of the different local communities in the Child-Labor Free Barangay Project.

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Rising child labor abuse in the Philippines

Published by rudy Date posted on February 17, 2015

The country has much more work to do to overcome the problem of child labor. Child labor exploitation is worsening in the Philippines. In 2011, the Philippine National Statistics Office reported that there were 5.5 million working children in the country, 2.9 million of whom were working in hazardous industries such as mines and plantations.…

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20 minors rescued from Batangas sugarcane farm

Published by rudy Date posted on February 16, 2015

CAMP VICENTE LIM, Laguna, Philippines- – Twenty teenagers working at a sugarcane plantation in Balayan, Batangas were rescued by authorities over the weekend, police reported yesterday.

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DSWD continues fight against child labor

Published by rudy Date posted on February 9, 2015

From the Department of Social Welfare and Development In an effort to help curb the prevalence of child labor in the country, the Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) is intensifying the conduct of Family Development Sessions (FDS) for parent-beneficiaries of Pantawid Pamilyang Pilipino Program to enhance their parental roles and become more aware…

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Learning, not laboring

Published by rudy Date posted on February 1, 2015

That there are children in our midst forced to work in the most deplorable circumstances is a continuing problem, trumping the Philippines’ vaunted economic growth.

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Worst forms of child labor persist in Philippines

Published by rudy Date posted on January 31, 2015

MANILA – Millions of children in the Philippines continue to engage in the worst forms of labor despite a massive awareness of the problem and efforts to address it because root causes such as poverty remain unaddressed, various groups said Wednesday.

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5.5M Filipino children in child labor: stories of poverty, tears, but also hope

Published by rudy Date posted on January 30, 2015

MANILA, Philippines — Frail-looking and gaunt, one would not think that 14-year-old Jeraldine Macapaar Aboy or Pitang could lift tons of sugarcane and load them in a truck.

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Chronic poverty is fueling child labor in the Philippines

Published by rudy Date posted on January 29, 2015

New report cites landlessness and ineffective govt measures in protecting children Geraldine Aboy, 14, lives in a makeshift hut of grass and plastic sheeting in the middle of a sugarcane plantation. She wakes at four o’clock in the morning to cook whatever available food there is and prepare for the trek to nearby fields.

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Study: At least 1 in 5 PH households tolerates child labor

Published by rudy Date posted on January 28, 2015

‘Worse, child labor, especially in plantations and mines, provides no means by which the children and their families may escape the vicious cycle of generational poverty,’ the study says MANILA, Philippines – In tears, 14-year-old Jeraldine Macapar Aboy asks why indigenous children like her have become child laborers.

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5.5M Pinoy kids trapped in child labor –EU ambassador

Published by rudy Date posted on January 28, 2015

There are 5.5 million children engaged in labor in the Philippines, majority of them trapped in the “worst forms” of hard work, an European Union official said Wednesday.

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Published by rudy Date posted on January 22, 2015

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Child labor seen in 13 PH goods – US report

Published by rudy Date posted on December 10, 2014

‘Who picked the cotton for the shirt on your back? Who cut the cane for the sugar in your coffee? Who fired the kiln to make the bricks in your fireplace?’ MANILA, Philippines – The United States (US) Department of Labor (DOL) listed 13 Filipino goods believed to be produced through child labor including bananas,…

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U.S. DOL: PH only Asia-Pacific country, which made significant efforts against worst forms of child labor

Published by rudy Date posted on December 10, 2014

The Philippines is the only country in Asia and the Pacific Region, which received an assessment of “significant advancement” for making several tangible efforts to eliminate the worst forms of child labor.

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19 workers rescued from Malabon sweatshop

Published by rudy Date posted on November 21, 2014

MANILA, Philippines – Nineteen workers, three of them minors, were rescued from a garments factory in Potrero, Malabon yesterday.

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Children through the ages

Published by rudy Date posted on November 21, 2014

Yesterday (November 20) marked the 25th anniversary of the Convention on the Rights of the Child (CRC), an international human rights treaty that discusses children’s rights in four areas: the right to survival, the right to develop to the fullest, the right to protection from harmful influences, abuse and exploitation, and the right to participate…

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NBI rescues 10 minors from hazardous conditions in Malabon printing press

Published by rudy Date posted on November 21, 2014

National Bureau of Investigation agents rescued 10 minors on Thursday after a raid on a printing press in Barangay Potrero in Malabon City that was allegedly being run like a sweatshop.

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London-based group asks world leaders to stop ‘dangerous’ child labor

Published by rudy Date posted on November 21, 2014

A London-based health and safety organization on Friday called on world leaders to stop children from “doing dangerous jobs.” In a press statement, the British Safety Council said countries should “look again at the commitments they have made” on the matter and work on “what more they can do.”

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Gov’t eyes 404 child labor-free barangays

Published by rudy Date posted on October 20, 2014

MANILA, Philippines – The government hopes to declare 404 barangays nationwide as child labor-free before President Aquino’s term ends in 2016, Labor Secretary Rosalinda Baldoz said yesterday.

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3 million kids forced to work under high-risk situations

Published by rudy Date posted on October 16, 2014

The growing number of child labor in the country is a living testimony that poverty remains a critical social problem that needs to be addressed, according to Prof. Federico Macaranas.

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US report: Phl efforts vs child labor gaining headway

Published by rudy Date posted on October 11, 2014

WASHINGTON – The Philippines has taken significant strides toward reducing child labor, according to a new report from the United States Labor Department.

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US says 168 million children are laborers

Published by rudy Date posted on October 8, 2014

WASHINGTON — The U.S. Labor Department reported Tuesday that about 168 million children, aged 5 to 7, worked last year as laborers around the world, about half of them in hazardous jobs.

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Where have all the children gone?

Published by rudy Date posted on August 4, 2014

MANILA, Philippines – In Caraga (Region 13), one out of four workers in palm oil plantations are children who spend their day hauling oil palm fruit bunches that weigh 15 to 45 kilograms each, according to the Center for Trade Union and Human Rights (CTUHR).

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