One of the highlights of the celebration was the provision of educational supplies, umbrellas, and shirts to child laborers and children at risk of becoming child laborers. (Photo courtesy of DOLE-Romblon)

ROMBLON, Romblon — The Department of Labor and Employment – Romblon Field Office in partnership with the Provincial Government of Romblon and the Local Government Units of Romblon and Odiongan successfully celebrated the 2019 National Children’s Month last November 14 in their respective towns.

The activity with the theme, “Karapatang Pambata: Patuloy na Pangalagaan at Gampanan Tungo sa Magandang Kinabukasan,” aims to provide awareness on the rights of a child and strengthen advocacy on child labor prevention and elimination program. This is to instill the importance of the role of the child within the Filipino family and to promote and protect the children’s rights.

During a short program held at the Girl’s Scout Building in Romblon town, newly appointed OIC-Regional Director of DOLE-Mimaropa, Mr. Albert Gutib, shared that he was once a child laborer. He used to work in a sugarcane plantation in order to help his family. He emphasizes that the celebration is not to promote child labor but to prevent it from happening.

Gutib also told that children should be educated well by going to school to learn and have a better future. He encouraged the parents to support their children in achieving their dreams and to become what they hope for.

Meanwhile, Atty. Gerald Montojo, Mayor of Romblon town said that being a politician is not forever, but having the knowledge and good education will bring the children a better outlook of their future. He also reminded the parents that their children are their wealth, they may be poor financially but rich in having a loving family.

The children who participated in the event also received educational supplies, slippers, umbrellas, and shirts, as the highlight of the whole celebration. (PJF/PIA-Mimaropa/Romblon)

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