DOLE to hold fund-raiser for former child laborers

CALAMBA CITY (PIA) — The Department of Labor and Employment (DOLE) Calabarzon regional office, in partnership with an organization of companies and businesses, has launched an eco-run activity to garner public support for child laborers as part of this year’s Labor Day celebration.

The Project Angel Tree Eco-Run for a Cause event organized by DOLE IV-A and the Laguna Industrial Peace Council Inc. (LIPCI) will be held at the University of the Philippines Los Baños (UPLB) on May 19 and serve as the highlight event of the Labor Day celebrations.

The inclusion of an eco-friendly element in the program at UPLB aligns perfectly with the sense of sustainability, social responsibility for the welfare of children, and environmental consciousness.

Registration fees for participants vary by category. It starts at 600 pesos for 1 km, 800 pesos for 5 km and 1,300 pesos for 10 km. (Photo from DOLE CALABARZON facebook page)

Vergel Rapin Jr., chairman of the social committee of LIPCI, has rightly emphasized the significance of the first fun run activity in expanding the beneficiaries of DOLE’s Project Angel Tree program.

“In Laguna, we have more or less 2,500 child laborers and I think we only have 300 to 400 child laborers who benefit from the Project Angel Tree program, that is why we will conduct the Project Angel Tree Eco Run activity as its proceeds will be directed to expand the beneficiaries of the said program,” Rapin stated.

Project Angel Tree is a regular program of DOLE that aims to provide assistance in addressing their current vital needs and support to child laborers and their families, by ensuring their right to education, livelihood opportunities, and other essential resources for long term solution.

Rapin acknowledged the continuous voluntary support from companies and industries in the province and the region in providing vital assistance to child laborers and for the development of their families.

“In Laguna, industries and companies are very supportive in every project we implement. They continue to provide financial assistance, especially to DOLE’s so-called angels [child laborers]. This year, we are aiming for more programs that will give our angels and their families comfort like scholarship programs to alleviate poverty in the province,” he said.

He then calls for the participation of individuals from all walks of life to contribute to projects that seek to assure a future where all children have the opportunity to thrive free from the hardships of labor exploitation.

“On May 19, the entire Philippines is invited to join the Project Angel Eco Run, we will release a registration link or you can contact all DOLE provincial offices for registration and the proceeds will go to child laborers, we expect the support not only of the workers, but also from the industries and runners from other regions,” Rapin stated.

Registration fees for participants vary by category. It starts at 600 pesos for 1 km, 800 pesos for 5 km and 1,300 pesos for 10 km.

Other Labor Day events to be held in Calabarzon include job fairs intended for various sectors, the establishment of seven Kadiwa ng Pangulo sites, the awarding of DOLE Integrated Livelihood and Emergency Employment Program (DILEEP) payout and the release of Government Internship Program (GIP) stipend. (AM/PIA 4A)

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