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Ending child labor, one starter kit at a time

To protect the identity of former child laborers mentioned in this article, their names were changed.

The lives of Tatay Ariel and Tatay Marlon, both from the province of Nueva Vizcaya, are forever linked by the identical struggles that they face on a daily basis to provide for the needs of their respective families.

For Mr. Ariel Tamba, he has always borrowed equipment from acquaintances just to be able to work in his welding craft and with the lack of resources, he also had to tap the assistance of his then 10 years old child Jaypee just to make ends meet. The added responsibility on the young boy’s shoulder also hindered his ability to get a formal education as his focus shifted on helping his family instead of getting the education he needed.

Noong wala pa akong materyales, talagang nahirapan ako sa paggawa ng aking mga proyekto. Dahil na rin sa kakulangan na ito, kinailangan ko ng tulong ng aking anak upang matapos ko ang mga pinapagawa sa akin sa oras na ibinigay,” Tatay Ariel says.

Meanwhile, Mr. Marlon Daran from the Municipality of Dupax Del Sur, experienced the same hardship in his carpentry endeavor, most times patiently waiting until an employer asks for his expertise just to be able to have a working opportunity. Worse still, one his children, Rocky, contracted meningitis but still had to consistently help his father due to the need for more hands to be able to earn more.

Minsan talagang naghihintay nalang kami hanggang sa mayroong nagtatawag ng trabaho at minsan kung may pagkakataon, kami rin ng mga anak ko ay nagtatrabaho sa bukid upang mayroon kaming makain,” Tatay Marlon says.

Tatay Marlon has six (6) children and the pressure of providing for their needs most times meant tapping the assistance of one of the elder children when opportunities for work arise.

The DOLE profiled both in 2019 while the assistance for Tatay Ariel and Tatay Marlon were given last year. For Tatay Ariel, he was given a starter kit for his welding endeavor, no longer needing to borrow material to work.

With the kits provided, Tatay Ariel sees better days ahead, with his now 12 years old child no longer helping his father and instead focusing on his studies as he aspires to one day become a pilot.

Maganda itong naibigay sa akin ng DOLE at ngayon ay hindi ko na kailangan humiram ng gamit para lamang makatrabaho. Dahil din dito ay hindi na nagtatrabaho ang aking anak at nakakapag-aral na. Edukasyon lang ang tanging yaman na mabibigay ko sa kanila kaya naman ito dapat ang kanilang pagkaabalahan,” Tatay Ariel says.

Tatay Marlon on the other hand was given starter kits for his carpentry business. He is also waiting for a skills training to be provided by TESDA so he can further hone his skills.

His son, now mending from his ailment, can now focus on his education as the starter kits given to his father is already enough to augment their family business.

Kahit papaano ay bumubuti na ang kalagayan ng aming buhay dahil sa tulong na naibigay ng DOLE. Nagiging mas madali na ang pagtatrabaho ko ngayon kasi mayroon na akong pangkabuhayan na kagamitan na ginagamit. Salamat at natulungan ang kagaya naming mahirap sa programa ng ating gobyerno,” Tatay Marlon says. ###

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2021-06-01
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