The role of the Community-Based Monitoring System (CBMS) and other available data in analyzing the situation of children and in examining issues relating to child labor was highlighted during a two-part training series for selected local government units (LGUs) held on May 3-5 and June 28-30, 2011 at the CSB Hotel and Lotus Garden Hotel both in Manila, respectively.
Supported by the International Labour Organization (ILO) Country Office for the Philippines under its ILO-IPEC’s Time-Bound Programme on the Elimination of the Worst Forms of Child Labor, the training series was designed to build the capacity of LGUs in the analysis of child labor issues and their implications on development outcomes. The objective is for the LGUs to integrate these issues in the preparation of their local development plans.
At least 13 LGUs from the Provinces of Bukidnon (Malaybalay City, Maramag, Quezon and Valencia City), Masbate (Aroroy, Cawayan and Masbate City), Northern Samar (Catarman, Laoang, Las Navas and Mondragon) and Quezon (Calauag and Catanauan) participated in the said training sessions. .
The first workshop focused on the processing of existing data to generate child labor indicators. In particular, the 3-day activity aimed to provide participants with: (i) a deeper appreciation of the importance of CBMS in tracking and monitoring child labor in their localities; (ii) a satisfactory level of knowledge in processing CBMS and other data to facilitate the analyses of child labor issues; and (iii) tools and methodologies in formulating local child labor situationers.
Meanwhile, the second workshop focused on the analysis of existing data on child labor issues and their impact on development outcomes. The outputs from this 3-day activity were the complete manuscripts of the LGU reports which already incorporated the comments/inputs of assigned mentors and resource persons who were invited to share their expertise during the event.
During the consultations preparatory to Phase 2 of ILO-IPEC’s Time-Bound Programme on the Elimination of the Worst Forms of Child Labor, the National Child Labor Committee (NCLC) raised the need to look deeper into the localization efforts. Recognizing that local governments are vital to the attainment of national goals, it noted the importance of assessing how responsive local development plans are to the current Philippine Programme Against Child Labour (PPACL) objectives. It further recommended that local programs and services for child laborers have to be studied so that deeper insights into the causes of failures and the main challenges faced by LGUs in eliminating child labor are obtained.