With the easing of quarantine restrictions, the Department of Labor and Employment is fast-tracking efforts to drastically reduce child labor in the country.
Karen Trayvilla, DOLE Bureau of Workers with Special Concern director, said the department’s different regional offices are already accelerating the profiling and providing services to remove young people from child labor.
Trayvilla said the profiling of child labor was temporarily suspended with the imposition of quarantine restrictions due to the pandemic last year. But she said various programs aimed at eliminating child labor are now being stepped up.
She expressed optimism that the DOLE could free over half a million children from the bondage of child labor by 2022.
Child labor is defined under the law as any work or economic activity performed by a child that subjects him to any form of exploitation or is harmful to his health, physical, mental, or psychosocial development.