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On December 19, 2003, R.A 9231 or “an act providing for the elimination of the worst
forms of child labor and affording stronger protection for the working child
was enacted. Worstforms of labor refer to all forms of slavery, prostitution, illicit or illegal activities, and hazardousor morally questionable occupations. The new law basically amended RA 7610 and added newsections to it so as to further meet the protection that children deserved. Section 12 D is one of the recently added sections which emphasizes the prohibitions against the worst forms of child
labor by stating that “no child must be engaged in the worst form of child labor.”
However,despite this law being enacted for almost 8 years already, a remarkable change for the better hasnot yet been truly visible to our society. The US Department of Labor seems to affirm thisstatement in a report submitted last December 15.
“The Philippines is one of over 120 countries where the “worst forms of child labor”
continue to exist, perpetuating a cycle of poverty and oftendenying children the chance to attend school and learn the skills they
need to become productive adults.”
This report must serve as an eye opener for us Filipinos about the current situation of this socialdilemma in our country.In the same report by the US Department of Labor, the number of various projects allintended to suppress this issue is one evidence that our government uses to point out their claimthat they still are doing their best to combat child labor. DOLE, which is responsible for theenforcement of child labor laws, claims to have lead innovative community based mechanism fordetecting, monitoring, and reporting children working in abusive and hazardous situations
through “ Sagip Batang Manggagawa” (
US Labor Reports, 542). There is also the existence of