Rain or shine, donations continue to pour in for the profiled child labor beneficiaries of the Project Angel Tree, one of the flagship intervention programs under the Child Labor Prevention and Elimination Program.

Generous sponsors from Baguio City and Benguet are the partner-establishments which donated various school supplies, such as writing and art materials, papers and notebooks, rulers, pens, and the like.

This year’s partners in the academe include the University of Baguio and the University of the Cordilleras; the Baguio Country Club and The Manor from the hotel and tourism industries; SN Aboitiz Power (SNAP)-Benguet representing renewable energy sector; and Tiong San from the retail trade industry.

For its part, the DOLE-CAR shouldered the purchase of 138 school backpack bags where the school materials will be equally distributed.

The Project Angel Tree, a component of the DOLE Child Labor Prevention and Elimination Program, provides an array of social services that range from food, clothing, educational assistance or school supplies, and even work and training opportunities made available by sponsors or benefactors (‘angels’) to child laborers and their families.

The program aims to improve the economic and social conditions of child laborers and their families and increase the number of allies and advocates of child labor prevention and elimination.

Beneficiaries for this year’s profiled child laborers come from two municipalities of Benguet, namely Tuba and Tublay. The Regional Office also looks forward to providing the same services to affected profiled child laborer-students in the province Abra in the near future.

With the provision of school supplies for the profiled child beneficiaries, the government hopes that they will continue to cultivate -not the soil- but scholastic pursuits.


end//Daryll B. Ponard