NegOr child laborers
freed through education
BY JUANCHO GALLARDE
Some 6,000 children who are considered child laborers in the cities of Mabinay, Bais and Bayawan in Negros Oriental have been provided an education through the ABK2 Initiative, a special project for combating child labor problem in the country.
These children were previously engaged in the worst forms of child labor such as sugarcane plantation/commercial agriculture, deep-sea fishing, domestic work, commercial sexual exploitation before they availed the ABK phase 2 initiative project which stands for Pag-aaral ng Bata para sa Kinabukasan.
In a Kapihan sa PIA forum Thursday, Christian Children’s Fund provincial education officer Claire Du said that, of the total 6,000 children beneficiaries, 3,000 are from Bayawan; and 1,500 from Mabinay and Bais. They are children aged 5 to 17 years who are supposed to be in school but are already working, Du said.