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46 child workers in NCR rescued from hazardous work

46 child workers in NCR rescued from hazardous work

The inter-agency quick action team against child labor rescued a total of 46 child workers engaged in hazardous and exploitative occupations in Metro Manila during the first eight months of 2006, the Department of Labor and Employment said Wednesday.
A report reaching Labor and Employment Secretary Arturo D. Brion indicated that the rescued minors included those working as guest relations officers in KTV bars in Metro Manila. The others were found working as house helpers, cutters, factory workers, and delivery boys in sub-standard working conditions.
Brion said that the Sagip-Batang Manggagawa quick action team in the National Capital Region headed by the DOLE-NCR turned over the rescued children to the Department of Social Welfare and Development -- Nayon ng Kabataan for rehabilitation, counseling, and schooling.
The SBM program employs an inter-agency quick action team tasked to detect, monitor, and rescue child laborers in hazardous and exploitative working conditions particularly those engaged in bonded labor, commercial sexual exploitation and prostitution, and hazardous work activities.
The program is governed by a Memorandum of Agreement between and among the following member agencies: Departments of Health, Social Welfare and Development, Education, Interior and Local Government, Justice; Philippine Information Agency; National Bureau of Investigation; Commission on Human Rights; Trade Union Congress of the Philippines; Lakas Manggagawa Labor Center; Employers Confederation of the Philippines; National Council for Social Development; Kamalayan Development Foundation. Inc.; and the DOLE as lead agency.
Brion said the DOLE-NCR has begun summary hearing for violations of the children's employers in labor standards such as underpayment of wages and non-payment of special, legal, holiday pay, and night shift differential.
He added that charges have also been filed against the children's employers for violating Republic Act 9231 or the "An Act Providing for the Elimination of the Worst Forms of Child Labor and Affording Stronger Protection for the Working Child."
The law provides that the Secretary of Labor or the DOLE Regional Director shall order the immediate and permanent closure of the establishment if the violation of any provision of RA 9231 has resulted in the death, insanity, or serious physical injury of a child employed in such establishment. Establishments found employing children for prostitution or obscene or lewd shows shall also be ordered closed. Brion said that since last year, the DOLE-NCR has ordered the closure of 10 establishments in Metro Manila found violating RA 9231.


Updated : 2021-07-24 23:39 GMT+08:00