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Work from home pushed for children in public entertainment and info

Cebu City, Philippines. While children are mandated to stay home for the duration of the community quarantine, some of them work in public entertainment and information.

To ensure their safety and welfare, children who are below 15 years old working in public entertainment and the like during the community quarantine must work from home, said DOLE-7 Regional Director Salome O. Siaton.

“There are certain conditions that must be religiously abided by especially that the endeavor involves children who are very vulnerable,” said the Regional Director.

Citing from the latest labor advisory issued by Secretary Bello – Labor Advisory No. 23, Series of 2020 – Director Siaton reminded all employers whose business is allowed to operate during a community quarantine period, to ensure that a child’s performance of assigned tasks such as photo shoots or audio-video recordings, are done in the child’s home supervised by the child’s adult family members.

Representatives of the employer or the production staff may be allowed to go to the child’s residence only when necessary.

“One of the most important conditions to consider by employers is to secure a Working Child Permit from the DOLE prior to engaging the child for work,” she added, saying further that presently, the DOLE-7 has temporarily suspended the issuance of Working Child Permits since Cebu City is still under an enhanced community quarantine.

“This is an advance information to employers in the business once they’re allowed to operate. What is important is they should put in mind the child’s safety and welfare as top priority as all of us are still battling against the pandemic,” explained Director Siaton.

Costumes, props and other materials needed in the production must be thoroughly disinfected, she continued.

For details and queries regarding the application forms and other documentary requirements, employers are encouraged to call the DOLE-7 Technical Support Services Division- Employment Workers’ Welfare (TSSD-EWW) at (032) 2366795 or email at tssdewwdole72018@gmail.com.

 

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 For more information on this report, you may contact (032) 234-3317 or tricitydole7@yahoo.com.ph; (032) 266-7424 or cpfodolero7@gmail.com; (035) 226-2778 / (035) 422-9741/ dolenegrosoriental@gmail.com; (035) 480-9244 or dolesiquijor@gmail.com; (038) 501-0277 and (038) 411-0806 or doleboholfo@gmail.com.

 

 

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2020-07-02
SALOME O. SIATON
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