Department of Labor and Employment regional office in Bicol (PNA file photo)

LEGAZPI CITY – At least 33 parents and guardians of profiled child laborers and a disadvantaged worker in Libon town, Albay province will be receiving livelihood assistance from the government, according to the Department of Labor and Employment in Bicol (DOLE-5) on Wednesday.

Johana Vi Gasga, DOLE-Bicol spokesperson, in an interview, said the assistance is a strategic response to the social problem and will help prevent and eliminate child labor.

"Parents of child laborers are among the priority beneficiaries under the DOLE Integrated Livelihood and Emergency Employment Program (DILEEP). Under the guidelines of the DILEEP, beneficiaries should not allow their children to engage in child labor. The livelihood assistance provided can be in the form of 'Negokart' starter kits, or materials needed to start a livelihood undertaking," Gasga said.

She said the local government of Libon as the accredited partner of DOLE vowed to do its best to make the beneficiaries thrive through the livelihood aid.

"A check worth PHP927,945 was given to the local government of Libon on Tuesday. They thanked DOLE-Bicol for the assistance, hoping that the livelihood of these parents would be their ticket out of poverty," Gasga said.

The proposed projects for the beneficiaries include dressmaking and tailoring, food vending, candy making, production of cassava crackers, vegetable vending, vulcanizing, car painting, welding, men's haircut, beauty care, massage therapy, knife making, pot making, and carpentry. (PNA)