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3 public schools receive bond paper and hygiene kits from DOLE

Cebu City, Philippines. Two public schools in Mandaue City and another one in Cebu City received reams of bond paper from the Department of Labor and Employment the other day during its 87th Founding Anniversary celebration.

The project benefited the Umapad Elementary School and Maguikay National High School in Mandaue City and Tejero Night High School in Cebu City.

Closely working together with the Regional Council against Child Labor (RCACL), the DOLE rolled out its “Bond paper Ko, Module Mo” project that aims to extend assistance to some selected public schools in need of materials and resources to facilitate learning of the students.

“This is our own way of demonstrating support to the public schools while they endeavor to ensure the quality and appropriateness of learning modules as they continue implementing blended learning amid the Covid-19 pandemic,” said DOLE-7 Regional Director Salome O. Siaton, who went from one school to the next and personally turned-over the reams of bond paper to the recipients.

Director Siaton reinforced the statement of DepEd Assistant Regional Director Cristito Eco, who was present during the turn-over ceremony by saying that the DOLE is part of that village in raising a child while ensuring that children are given the opportunity to enjoy their rights.

“It’s very important that we put our acts together. If the children are allowed to enjoy their given rights such as their right to study and learn, then they are not at risk of becoming child laborers,” said the Regional Head, who emphasized that the DOLE is continuously advancing its efforts towards making the Region child labor-free eventually.

The project, she said, was originally conceived during the series of meetings of the RCACL members, who immediately supported the idea seeing the need to extend assistance to other agencies taking care of the needs of the children.

Director Siaton, who sits as the RCACL-7 Chairperson, thanked all the members of the council and the donors, who made the project come to reality.

Apart from the reams of bond paper, school-recipients also received hygiene and sanitation kits such as sachets of shampoo, bottles of alcohol, bar soap, toothbrush, and face masks, among others.

Donors included the following, namely: Commission on Human Rights (CHR); Department of Interior and Local Government (DILG); Regional Tripartite Wages and Productivity Board (RTWPB); World Vision; Feed the Children; Philippine National Police; and the Ramon Aboitiz Foundation, Inc. (RAFI).

DepEd ARD Eco appreciated the help provided by DOLE together with its RCACL partners and admitted their need for resources as they continue reproducing supplemental materials for their modules. “We hope that other stakeholders will also follow and provide assistance especially to the poor children,” he pointed out.

“This is only the beginning. We hope to sustain this endeavor together. We might be reaching out, too, to our partners in the private and see what assistance they could extend. Kasi ito man ang pangangailangan sa ngayon. Dapat magtulungan tayong lahat,” said Director Siaton.

She toyed with the idea of providing livelihood assistance to the parents or guardians of students who are at risk of child labor. In this way, she said, children can really go to school and are no longer deprived of their childhood, their potentials and their dignity.

The “Bond paper Ko, Module Mo” project was just one of the highlights of the DOLE’s 87th Founding Anniversary celebration held last 08 December 2020.



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