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H.E.L.P ME / Batang Malaya Program Convergence Action in Region 7


03-05-2014, Barangay Anniaw, La Libertad, Negros Oriental - The mixture of a sunny morning and cool breeze of the wind added vigor and excitement to the locals and visitors of Aniniaw, a mountain Barangay in La Libertad, Negros Oriental. 

Representatives from convergence partner-agencies of DOLE, DSWD, DepEd, DOH, DILG, PNP, and Visayan Forum were warmly welcomed by the “Kalaging”- a native band and the innocent smiling faces of children with their vibrant and appreciative parents, teachers, Barangay Officials and 4Ps Set 1 beneficiaries from barangays Mandapaton and Aniniaw last February 24, 2014. 

The half-day affair was loaded with momentous undertakings.  It was a day not only for the residents of Anini-aw, but also for the visiting contingent from Barangay Mandapaton.  

The DOLE 7 Negros Oriental Field Office, ably headed by Mr. Vivencio E. Lagahid, garnered the support and trust of the La Libertad Municipal Convergence Council and Barangay Officials of Aniniaw and Mandapaton by embracing the H.E.L.P. ME Convergence Program and enrolling them to the Child Labor-Free Barangays Campaign.  Certificates of Registration were handed to the Presidents of Malamboong Pamilya sa Mandapaton (Progressive Family of Mandapaton) and Asosasyon sa Anini-aw Pamilyang Malahutayon (Association of Sustainable Family of Aniniaw). 

Witnessed by the representatives of the partner-agencies, the PESO Manager of La Libertad and the Provincial Link of the 4Ps Convergence Program, DOLE Regional Director Chona M. Mantilla, Barangay Chairpersons, Tobias Barillo of Aniniaw and Corsino Fabillaran of Mandapaton, Presidents of the Workers Associations Marlyn Lumigdong and Analie Bulabon, Provincial Coordinator of Visayan Forum Marlene Pepino School Principals of Aninaw and Mandapaton Elementary School Rey Facturan and Leonila Baguioso and the Municipal Chairperson of the Convergence Committee, Mayor Lawrence Limkaichong who was represented by the Chairperson of the Committee on Women and Children, Hon. Emelia Luz D. Medez , signed the Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) to fully commit to not just keep the two barangays Child Labor-Free but also protect the children from trafficking, illegal recruitment, pornography, slavery, and all other forms of abuse. 

The children became beneficiaries of Project Angel Tree and “Libro Mo, Edukasyon Ko, they received books from private donors, and educational assistance from DOLE 7 such as raincoats, school supplies and bags were distributed. 

In gratitude to their benefactor-guests, the residents of the two beneficiary-barangays entertained them to an overload of indigenous people’s cultural music and dances that captivated the city-born visitors.  Parents have also prepared modern dances that pleased the crowd and as finale of the affair everybody joined the children as they gleefully sang and danced to the “Batang Malaya” theme. 

End// Eyferrer with reporting from Remedios Densing, TSSD – EW, CLP Focal DOLE RO7 

For more information on this report, you may contact Mr. Emmanuel Y. Ferrer – Regional Labor Communication Officer at telephone number 0(32) 416-6167/266-9722.








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