Philippines: Govt eyes ‘child labor-free zones’

The Department of Labor and Employment announced recently it will crack down on villages where minors are put to work and transform them into “child labor-free zones.”  Labor chief Rosalinda Dimapilis-Baldoz said her office has already mapped out a plan to combat child labor in 76 villages across the country.

The “child labor-free village” campaign was launched last week at the Occupational Health and Safety Center in Quezon City.  The labor department found most child workers are employed in various industries including mining, farming, deep-sea fishing and pyrotechnics production.  The International Labor Organization estimates there are 2.4 million child workers in the Philippines.

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