194 CHILD LABORERS IN CAPIZ BENEFIT FROM PROJECT ANGEL TREE
ONE hundred (100) profiled Child Laborers from 7 barangays of municipality of Panitan, Capiz were given a hygiene kit thru Project Angel Tree conducted by the Department of Labor and Employment-Capiz Field Office in coordination with Kiwanis Club of Metro Roxas, Inc. (Photo by Mary Chris C. Medina)
CAPIZ, Philippines – In celebration of the Children’s Month, the Department of Labor and Employment (DOLE)-Capiz Field Office organized a “Project Angel Tree” outreach program in the municipalities of Panitan and President Roxas on October 20, 2018 and November 16, 2018, respectively.
194 profiled children involved in child labor (CL) or at risk of becoming a CL received hygiene kits containing small towels, slippers, hair comb, toothbrush, toothpaste, body soap, and shampoo.
The kits were sourced from the “Walk for a Cause”, a fund raising initiative for child laborers conducted by the Field Office during the 2018 Labor Day Celebration.
The gift giving activity in Panitan, Capiz conducted last October 20, 2018 was held at their Civic Center in coordination with the local government thru its PESO Manager, Ms. Carol Diama. Panitan Mayor Generoso D. Deramas Sr. was also present during the event. In addition to the technical and logistical assistance extended by the municipality, the feeding program for the CL was sponsored by the Kiwanis Club of Metro Capiz, Inc. whose members are professional women headed by their President, Ms. Joy Moskal.
The succeeding gift giving activity was held in Brgy. Culilang, President Roxas on November 16, 2018 in coordination with the Local Government Units of President Roxas and Brgy. Culilang. Through the efforts of PESO Manager Cleo Ann Tumlos, the profiled child laborers in the barangays of Cubay, Culilang, Ibaca and Pantalan also received hygiene kits. They were treated to healthy snacks sponsored by Brgy. Captain Ferdinand L. Bacanto.
In these activities, resource persons from the local municipal and barangay health units were also invited to discuss and teach the children, including their parents, on proper hygiene and nutrition.
Project Angel Tree, a component of the DOLE Child Labor Prevention and Elimination Program, provides an array of social services that range from food, clothing, educational assistance or school supplies, and even work and training opportunities made available by sponsors or benefactors (‘angels’) to child laborers and their families.
It aims to improve the economic and social conditions of child laborers and their families and increase the number of allies and advocates of child labor prevention and elimination.