To curb child labor in Guimaras, the Department of Labor and Employment (DOLE) has invested P2.48 million in livelihood projects for the locals of the island province, specifically for parents and carers. 

According to DOLE-6 Regional Director Sixto Rodriguez Jr., vanquishing child labor will require not one but multiple solutions. 

“Eliminating child labor is a multi-dimensional approach,” he shared during the ceremonial turnover of the projects in the town of Nueva Valencia. 

In 2021, DOLE’s Guimaras Field Office conducted profiling in nine upland, coastal, and island barangays in Nueva Valencia and found that a significant number of these communities are engaging in child labor.

“After a thorough assessment, we provided them [the parents] with viable and sustainable projects,” DOLE Guimaras Field Office Chief Richie Buyco said. 

As a pre-emptive solution, DOLE provided provisions to those living in coastal areas and island barangays, specifically fishing nets, fishing gears, and motor engines for fishing boats.

“Those living in the upland area were provided with materials for swine, cattle and goat raising, native chicken production, and vegetable gardening,” Buyco shared. 

Meanwhile, other parents were provided with supplies to establish sari-sari stores or ready-to-wear (RTW) outlets to improve their household income.

“They [the parents] have the capacity, all they need is support,” Rodriguez stressed. 

DOLE hopes that through the assistance, children can stay in school and parents can earn a living for their families. 

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