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DOLE marks 77th anniversary granting child workers' wishes this Christmas

Manila (3 December) -- In celebration of its 77th Anniversary on December 8, 2010, the Department of Labor and Employment is implementing outreach programs.

All the DOLE offices in 16 regions across the country and DOLE attached agencies, such as the National Conciliation and Mediation Board (NCMB), Philippine Overseas Employment Administration (POEA), and the Overseas Workers Welfare Administration (OWWA), will distribute gifts to working children, including those who were abandoned and children of sugar workers, and Mangyan and Aeta children in Central Luzon and Oriental Mindoro.

The gifts will come from the personnel of DOLE, NMCB, POEA, and OWWA, in keeping with the spirit of the Angel Tree project, which grants the wishes of child workers for food, clothing, schooling, and other forms of assistance through donation of benefactors and sponsors of the project who are called "angels".

Angel Tree project, which is being implemented by the DOLE's Bureau of Workers with Special Concerns (BWSC), in coordination with social partners, provides food, clothes, shoes, bags, and school supplies and scholarships/educational assistance to child laborers and livelihood assistance to their parents.

The implementation of the project is in pursuit of DOLE reforms, particularly in the enhancement of social protection for vulnerable workers, which the 22-point labor and employment agenda of President Benigno S. Aquino III has emphasized, Secretary Baldoz said.

Instead of a traditional celebration, DOLE officials and employees are marking the Department's 77th founding anniversary this year with gift-giving and other outreach programs that give meaning and substance to their role as public servants and the reforms they have set in place in order to provide better programs and services to the people.

The other anniversary activities that the DOLE and its agencies will implement throughout the month of December include the conduct of feeding program for malnourished children, story-telling and book-giving to day-care children, and medical and dental mission for child workers and other indigents in various parts of the country. (PIA 8) [top]

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