In preparation for the upcoming summer school program, a project-orientation and trainers training among parents, teachers and other stakeholders in Tamboboan, Claveria, Misamis Oriental was conducted on February 15.
The activity introduced to the partners the details of the PMFTC anti-child labor project, with emphasis on child-labor prevention and improving the lives of tobacco-farmers through the conduct of learning and developmental activities.
Philippine policies that advocate for the protection of children’s rights were also discussed. These are the Philippine Legislation on Child Labor law Article No. 139; and, R.A. 7610.
JVOFI Project Officer, Marjorie Wacnag, said that common forms of child labor are when children are forced to work by their parents for payment of family’s debts and, no direct work payment.
Covering 25 days, learning and developmental activities will include the conduct of sports and reading and drum and lyre activities. These will discourage children’s participation in different tobacco farm activities while allowing them improve their skills in many fields. Musical instruments will be donated soon to Barangay Tamboboan and other target areas as part of the partnership agreement.
The anti-child labor projects, ALP and C2C, are some of PMFTC’s Corporate Social Responsibility Programs implemented by its NGO partner Jaime V. Ongpin Foundation, Inc.// with reports from Marjorie Wacnag