• Country lauded for fighting worst forms of child labor

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    THE Philippines is among 10 countries recognized by the United States for its efforts to eliminate worst forms of child labor.

    Other countries which received the highest assessment rating in the fight against the worst forms of child labor in the annual Child Labor Report (Findings on the Worst Forms of Child Labor) released this week by the US Department of Labor were Brazil, Chile, Colombia, Ecuador, Ethiopia, Gibraltar, Indonesia, Peru and Thailand.

    “The Philippines’s 2012 rating of ‘Significant Advancement’ is an improvement from last year’s rating of ‘Moderate Advancement’,” said Philippine Ambassador to the US Jose Cuisia Jr.

    The report covered 143 countries and territories that were assessed by the Bureau of International Labor Affairs of the US Labor department.

    Cuisia said the Philippines was cited for the measures and programs it undertook such as the ratification of the International Labor Organization’s Convention 189 on Domestic Workers, passage of Domestic Workers Act (Batas Kasambahay) and the Expanded Anti-Trafficking in Persons Act.

    The Philippines was also recognized for its implementation of the Child Labor-Free Philippines Campaign, Child Labor-Free Barangays Program and the new National Action Convergence Plan of the Department of Labor and Employment (DOLE) and the Department of Social Welfare and Development, as well as the expansion of the Conditional Cash Transfer (Pantawid Pamilyang Pilipino Program) to cover the households of child laborers and DOLE’s National Tripartite Council in the Sugar Industry’s Social Amelioration Program.

    Labor Attaché Luzviminda Padilla of the Philippine Overseas Labor Office said these measures are in addition to other programs and initiatives already identified and cited in previous child labor reports.

    Bernice Camille V. Bauzon

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