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Aid given to child laborer parents in Siquijor, goes a long way

Cebu City, Philippines. “Mao nang dili masukod ang akong pagpasalamat sa kinatibuk-an sa Department of Labor and Employment sa ilang Food Vending Business nga gihatag nako isip tabang sa among panginabuhi. Kini ang tubag sa akong mga pag-ampo (I am very grateful and my immeasurable thanks would always go to the Department of Labor and Employment for the Food Vending Business that it extended to me),” said Perlita Ogdol, one of the beneficiaries of the livelihood program of the DOLE for the parents and guardians of child laborers.

Perlita, a widower, who hails from Minalulan, Maria, Siquijor, said that the livelihood assistance she received is an answered prayer and that there’s no longer any need for her child to join in any deep sea fishing just to put food on the table and help the family get by each day.

The mother of three is one of the parent-beneficiaries of the Child-Labor profiling initiatives done in the province of Siquijor.

In a recently-held Kamustahan sa mga Magulang na Nabigyan ng Pangkabuhayan session, Perlita gushed over how happy she is because their Food Vending Business has been steadily sustaining their family needs. To recall, Perlita received last year Php20,000.00 worth of livelihood starter kits for her Food Vending Business. “Tungod sa tabang nga among nadawat, dili na kinahanglan mo-trabaho ang akong anak ug naka-focus na gyud siya sa iyang pag-eskwela (Because of the livelihood assistance we received, my child is saved from working and now he could already focus on his studies),” she happily said.

Perlita was profiled by DOLE’s Child Labor enumerators in September last year and she recalled how happy she was when finally, the government took notice of their poverty. She said there were instances when they were excluded in the profiling as their house doesn’t exactly reflect poverty within since it’s made of stable and concrete materials unlike the others. She said that life was good not until her husband, a seafarer, died due to cancer. Suddenly, their fate was twisted, she continued.

“Uban sa pagkawala sa akong kapikas, tungod sa cancer, nahanaw usab ang katawhay sa among kinabuhi nalubong kami sa utang, ug napugos ug tindog isip amahan ang akong minor di edad nga lalaking anak. Daghang luha ang niagas sa akong mga mata ug doble ang kabug-at sa akong kabubut-on nga motabang siya pagpanginabuhi nako. Dili maihap ang mga gabie nga dili ako makatulog maghunahuna kung kumusta na siya sa lawod ilabi na kung hangin ang panahon (The death of my husband has caused us so much. We were left in so much debt, pain and misery. With it, my minor child was forced to work and help me in providing for our basic needs. I would not have wanted him to work. There were countless sleepless nights that were spent on thinking how he was in the midst of the deep seas, especially when the weather was not good),” she sadly narrated.

But everything changed, she said, right after she received help from government through the DOLE. “Tinood gyud diay nga ang tinuoray nga pag-ampo dunggon sa kalangitan ug dako kaayo akong pasalamat sa Ginoo nga ang DOLE maoy gihimo nga instrumento nga mahidagat ang tubag sa akoang mga pag-ampo. Tungod sa tabang sa DOLE, ako makapamatuod nga ang atong goberno andam ug tagana sa mga nanginahanglan niini (Honest and sincere prayers will be answered by God and I am forever grateful that DOLE was made as God’s instrument to answer my prayer. I am a living proof that government is willing and ready to help those in need),” she happily quipped.

Apart from Perlita, a couple from Lilo-an, Maria, Siquijor also received financial assistance from DOLE. Mr. And Mrs. Presco Daligdig were profiled by DOLE-SFO CL enumerators on the same month with Perlita last year.

“Ako ug ang akong pamilya dako ug pasalamat sa livelihood program sa DOLE kai tungod niini nakabaton kami ug pukot nga gamit kaayo sa among pagpangisda ug pagpalambo sa among kita sa inadlaw-adlaw (We are very thankful to DOLE for their livelihood program. The fishing nets provided to us is such a big help),” said Presco, who added that the fishing equipment given to them has really improved their catch as well as their daily income.

Presco received Php20,000.00 worth of Fishing Material Package from the DOLE.

He said that “Sa lapas pulo ka tuig sukad nabalhin mi gikan sa Mindanao, nalipay ko nga usa ko sa mga napilian sa goberno ilabi na jud sa DOLE nga mahatagan ug oportunidad para mopalambo sa among panginabuhian para sa maayong kaugmaon sa among mga bata (For the past ten years since we transferred here from Mindanao, we are very grateful that we were chosen to be given this opportunity to augment our livelihood and income, which will definitely help secure a better future for our children).”

Both parent-beneficiaries vowed to become active advocates of the DOLE’s Child Labor Prevention and Elimination Program (CLPEP).

 

 

End//LSenarlo-Taniza with reporting from DOLE-SFO

 

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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2020-07-22
SALOME O. SIATON
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