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PIA Press Release
2007/09/18

DOLE monitors hazardous forms of child labor

By Marivic Alcober

Tacloban City (18 September) -- The Department of Labor and Employment (DOLE), Regional Office 8 headed by Director Forter Puguon through the National Program Against Child Labor, institutionalized the Sagip Batang Mangagawa Quick Action Team (SBMQAT) at the local level.

According to DOLE's Information Officer Virgilio Doroja, Jr., said action team was created to protect minors from hazardous forms of child labor and have it reported to proper authorities for them to refer said cases to appropriate institutions or provide direct assistance.

The SBMQAT is an inter-agency organized team that responds in the surveillance, evaluation, and rescue of children who are victims of unacceptable forms of child labor.

Observations have it that there is an incidence of child labor specifically in the rural areas and DOLE is exerting all efforts to save these children from being abused.

Director Puguon bared that through this inter-agency organized team, appropriate medical assistance may be extended as well as psychosocial and other needed services for the child labor victims as well as imposing sanctions on the violators of the child labor laws.

Under Republic Act 9231, a stiffer penalty is being imposed in cases of child trafficking, which is considered as one of the worst forms of child labor. Along this line, DOLE will be conducting an advocacy orientation relative to the rules, regulations, and procedures being implemented in said Act for children to be protected and be saved from the worst forms of child labor.

Through the SBMQAT, DOLE will continuously monitor malpractices of child labor and respond to complains relative to this effect. (PIA-8) [top]

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