CBMS data can help fight child labor by identifying and locating child laborers. The Community-Based Monitoring System (CBMS) provides baseline data at the local level so government programs and resources can be better targeted and monitored. These were some of the key messages the CBMS Network shared during a training session in the Philippines on July 28, 2017.
According to the International Labour Organization (ILO), child labor is “work that deprives children of their childhood, their potential and their dignity, and that is harmful to physical and mental development." There are 2.1 million child laborers (5-17 years old) in the Philippines, according to the 2011 Survey on Children by the Philippine Statistics Authority. Furthermore, 95 percent of child laborers are engaged in hazardous work.
Aim: Eliminate child labor in the Philippines by 2025
Members of the Philippines National Child Labor Committee (NCLC), from various national government agencies and non-government organizations, attended the Philippine Program Against Child Labor training workshop organized by the Department of Labor and Employment and facilitated by the CBMS Network. During the workshop the attendees learned how to generate a list of child laborers using the CBMS data. The workshop was organized as part of several government initiatives to eliminate child labor in the Philippines by 2025. Launched in January 2017, these programs are known as Makiisa Para sa #1MBatangMalaya: We are one with the children in ending child labor.
Finding child laborers and offering targeted support
As the national government intensifies its fight against child labor, the NCLC needs local-level baseline data to easily identify and locate child laborers and to provide them with the necessary support and interventions. As data from official statistics are only reliable down to the provincial level, the CBMS (local) data will be a big help to the initiative. The CBMS data identifies each household and individual in the community.
As well as generating the list of child laborers, the CBMS Network presented how to profile these children. The CBMS data can be separated by age, gender, ethnic group, educational status, income group, household characteristics, and community profile, among others. As such, program implementation agencies can use the CBMS data to target potential beneficiaries and facilitate efficient resource allocation and program monitoring. This will help the NCLC track the progress of the programs aiming to withdraw children from child labor.
National Child Labor Committee members come from various national government agencies and non-government organizations including the Department of Social Welfare and Development, Department of Education, Department of the Interior and Local Government, National Economic and Development Authority, and International Labour Organization. The National Child Labor Committee was institutionalized under the Philippine Program Against Child Labor to transform the lives of child laborers, their families, and their communities.