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Laws pertaining to the welfare of children are being reviewed.

It may be time to rethink the legislation now in place to ensure the welfare of children.

Fidel Nograles, a representative from the Rizal 4th District and chair of the Committee on Labor and Employment, specifically referred to RA 9231, also known as the Special Protection of Children Against Child Abuse, Exploitation, and Discrimination Act.

He stated in a news release on Sunday that “We need to find out if our laws are still enough to protect the welfare of the children against child labor.” “Kailangan nating matingnan kung sapat pa ba ang mga batas natin upang maitaguyod ang kapakanan ng mga bata kontra sa child work,” he added.

He emphasized the need for additional social protection services, higher-quality educational possibilities, and better economic opportunities to lessen the impact of poverty on families and keep them from depending on the assistance of children for survival.

“In order to safeguard our kids from the risks of child labor and exploitation, we need to exhaust more options and recruit more allies,” he stated.

Nograles would organize a gathering with other interested parties to talk about potential solutions to the problem.

“It is not batas-using at all. It is not just a legal issue. Ang kailangan natin dito ay multi-sectoral approach. A multi-sectoral strategy is what we need in this situation, Nograles stated.

1.37 million working children aged five to 17 were reported by the Philippine Statistical Authority (PSA) in 2021, an increase from 872,333 in 2020.

According to the PSA, boys made up 62.8 percent of the child laborers, or 858,000 people, while girls made up 37.2 percent or 508,200 people.

With 45.7 percent, the agricultural industry had the highest percentage of working children, followed by the services industry with 45.4 percent.

To grow up capable of realizing their full potentials, youngsters should learn and play rather than work, according to Nograles. “Ang mga bata, dapat nag-aaral at naglalaro, hindi nagtatrabaho,” he said.

According to the International Labour Organization (ILO), child work stunts children’s growth both physically and mentally and robs them of their youth, potential, and dignity.

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