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Sightings of child laborers in Bogo and Medellin to be checked


Cebu City, Philippines. The Department of Labor and Employment (DOLE-7) will have sightings of child laborers in Bogo and Medellin, Cebu checked. 

In a meeting with the Board of Trustees of the District Tripartite Council in Bogo-Medellin Milling Corporation, Incorporated (DTC-BOMEDCO), DOLE-7 OIC-Regional Director Cyril L. Ticao asked assistance from the representatives of the council to help the Department check and monitor the presence of child laborers. 

Cebu Provincial Field Office (DOLE-CPFO) Chief, Maria Grace V. Diaz relayed an earlier unverified report of child laborers still present in the area. 

Director Ticao urged DTC-BOMEDCO to be vigilant and help promote the DOLE’s campaign on Child Labor Prevention and Elimination. 

“We want the different DTCs in the Region not only DTC-BOMEDCO to be actively involved in our advocacy. We would be able to reach further heights and disseminate information to everybody that child labor is illegal if they are one with us. Parents or guardians of these children should be able to understand that what they’re actually doing is banned and against the law,” said Ticao. 

After the revocation of the Negros Island Region (NIR), apart from DTC-BOMEDCO, the Central Azucarera de Bais (CAB), Universal Robina Sugar Milling Corporation (URSUMCO), and the Universal Robina Corporation- TOLONG Sugar Mill of Negros Oriental are now under the umbrella of the Regional Tripartite Industrial Peace Council of Region-7 (RTIPC-7). 

Ticao admitted that child labor usually happens in the sugar industry and it’s poverty that’s the main factor why there are children engaged in such activity. 

“The DOLE has livelihood funds intended for the parents of child laborers. In this way, we would be able to help them explore other alternative means of livelihood hoping to stop them from letting their children work,” the DOLE-7 Head added. 

It can be recalled that Barangay Cayang in Bogo and Barangays Caputatan Sur and Norte in Medellin already received livelihood assistance from the Department for the parents of noted child laborers. 

There is a need to strengthen and revitalize the campaign against child labor particularly in Bogo and Medellin given the reports received by the DOLE, he continued. 

On June 2017, the DOLE’s Child Prevention and Elimination Program (CLPEP) focal conducted monitoring on said places saying that the Department would continue sustaining its linkage and network among barangays concerned where said child laborers were usually spotted. 

The DOLE would once again deploy personnel to do monitoring and verify reports received. 

“Eliminating child labor is such a gigantic task, given the economic situation that most of our brothers and sisters are into. But with the help and cooperation from our social partners, like the Industrial Peace Councils and District Tripartite Councils, including the local government units, we fervently hope that we would be able to help achieve the country’s sustainable development goal of ending child labor,” Director Ticao finally said. 



For more information on this report, you may contact Luchel S. Taniza- Regional Labor Communication Officer at telefax number (032) 266-2792 or you may send an email at

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