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DOLE, Murata Inc. Pushes for Zero Child Labor, Holds Project Angel Tree

Tanauan City, Batangas. The Department of Labor and Employment (DOLE), The Philippine Manufacturing Co. Of Murata Inc., a Japanese Electronics Manufacturing site in Tanauan, Batangas, and the Local Government Unit of Tanauan City, in their advocacy to eradicate child labor in the city, carried out Project Angel Tree, a charity event that doled out grocery packs and livelihood assistance packages to the families of 73 LGU-identified child laborers, June 26.

Driven by Republic Acts 9231 (The Elimination of the Worst Forms of Child Labor and Affording Stronger Protection for the Working Child) and 7610 (Special Protection of Children Against Child Abuse, Exploitation and Discrimination), Project Angel Tree is a testament to the excellent outcomes of a private-government sector partnership.

Project Angel Tree is part of DOLE’s child labor prevention and elimination program. Essentially, it is a gift-giving activity for profiled child workers’ families and an information drive against child labor. “Our sponsors, we call them “angels”, provide whatever assistance they can give to these children,” DOLE- Batangas Director II Predelma Marasigan-Tan said in an interview with “Natuwa kami kasi sila (Murata inc.) mismo ang nagreach-out sa amin,” she furthered.

“It is very important for us to contribute to the improvement of the Filipino society, and it’s an honor of the company to show its support to the LGU”, Mr. Mitsuki Notsu, Murata Inc. Administration Director, shared in an interview with “Hindi kami naghesitate kasi it involves the youth and Murata’s primary advocacy is to help resolve the country’s societal issues which includes child labor,”Murata Inc. Deputy General Manager Ms. Janet Inocencio continued.

Aside from the food packs, Negokart packages that included an ambulatory cart, gas stove, gas tank and frozen goods were also distributed.

On the other hand, Tanauan City Mayor Sonny Collantes also emphasized the importance of education and other programs that ensure that no Tanaueno youth would be “left behind”. Meanwhile, Congresswoman Theresa Collantes expressed her appreciation to the government and private institutions that made this noble event possible.

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