Child Labor Free Barangays, Oil Depots, Maritime School in WV

The Department of Labor and Employment (DOLE) Region 6 has conferred the two oil depots of Petron Corporation, and John B. Lacson Foundation Mari-time University (JBLFMU)-Molo, Inc. as Child Labor Free establishments (CLFE).

This was known during the Regional Career Advocacy and Employment Congress held in Bacolod City recently.

According to Amalia Judicpa, regional informa-tion officer, DOLE Region 6, the Petron Corporation-Roxas and Iloilo Depots and JBLFMU Molo-Inc. as well as their contractors/sub-contractors and suppliers have displayed commen-dable performance in pro-moting the welfare of children by not engaging the services of children nor using products or materials produced through the use of child labor.

The CLFE is one of the components of the DOLE’s three-pronged campaign for Child Labor-Free Philippines; the other two are the pines; the other two are the Child Labor-Free Zone and Child Labor-Free Barangay.

The CLFE certificate is given to an establishment after meeting the qualification criteria as provided under the DOLE’s Department Order No. 115B-12 such as holder of bestowed Tripartite Certificate of Compliance on Labor Standards (TCCLS); maintain and display company policy expressly prohibiting child labor; contracts or terms of engagement with suppliers and contractors which contain stipulations prohibiting child labor; and has no pending case with the DOLE on the use of child labor as well as its suppliers and contractors.

Judicpa also said, there were six companies in Region 6 that have been awarded with CLFE certificate. The other three are Panay Power Corporation (2014), Panay Energy Development Corporation (2014) and Escalante Public and Private School Teachers and Employees Multi-Purpose Cooperative-Visayas (2014).

The CLFE Certificate serves as badge of honor or a DOLE guarantee that gives assurance to consumers that the products or services of certified establishments are not tainted with child labor.

In the barangay level, 21 barangays from six municipalities/cities in Negros Occidental have been awarded with citations for being certified as Child Labor-Free Barangay (CLFB) based on the criteria set forth under the DOLE’s Administrative Order No. 657, series of 2014.

These are Barangays Felisa, Cabug and Granada in Bacolod City; Barangays Ma-ao, Mailum, Bacong, Dulao, Ilijan and Binubuhan in Bago City; Barangays Lopez Jaena, Salvacion and San Miguel in Murcia; Barangays Buluangan, Guadalupe and Rizal in San Carlos City; Barangays Bubog and Efigenio, Talisay City; and Barangays General Luna, Magticol, Tabun-ac and Bug-ang in Toboso.

The CLFB certificate is awarded to the barangays after meeting the requirements: maintained and updated the profile of children in the barangay, including child laborers; parents of child laborers committed not to engage their children in child labor; heads of school where the children are enrolled committed to monitor the attendance of identified child laborers; barangay officials committed to support campaign against child labor; enactment and implemented barangay ordinances or resolutions against child labor; and provision of health and medical services to 100 percent of identified child laborers needing health assistance.*