Roxas City, Capiz. It was a dizzyingly hot Saturday and while others remained indoors to escape the heat, the Department of Labor and Employment Capiz Field Office in coordination with Kiwanis Club of Metro Capiz, Inc., Kiwanis Club of Roxas City Volts, 61st Infantry Battalion of the Philippine Army and Municipality of Tapaz, Capiz opted to conduct a Project Angel Tree Outreach Program in Tapaz.

Done last March 9, 2019, the Project Angel Tree forms part of the combined efforts of the government and non-governmental organizations to keep children away from dangerous workplaces. The parents and the whole community are likewise involved to ensure the safety of children from labor violations and exploitations.

100 profiled children in Municipality of Tapaz involved in child labor (CL) or at risk of becoming child laborers received hygiene kits containing towels, hair combs, toothbrushes, toothpastes, body soaps and shampoo. The kits were from the Walk for a Cause held last May 1, 2018, a fund-raising initiative for the benefits of child laborers.

The beneficiaries also received slippers from Kiwanis Club of Metro Capiz, Inc., feeding program sponsored by Kiwanis Club of Roxas City Volts, free medical check-up, medicines, free haircut and free circumcision sponsored by the 61st Infantry Battalion of the Philippine Army together with Tapaz Rural Health Unit.

Addressing both the beneficiaries and sponsors, Mr. Wilfredo Santizo, Senior LEO of DOLE stressed that poverty is not a hindrance but an opportunity to see everyone’s potential and develop an ambition to uplift one’s economic status. He also thanked the participation and support of the Department’s local partners in making the activity a success.

Likewise, Tapaz local officials were grateful that DOLE Capiz brought goods and services to the profiled CL in the municipality. They also thanked all the other sponsors who gave their time and services for the benefit of profiled CL.