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21/12/2011: PHL NGO Helps Combat Exploitative Child Labor

Ambassador Jose Cuisia and other Embassy-based officials provided insights and suggestions for exploitative child labor elimination project implementation including partnership with potential non-government partners. Embassy officials and World Vision guests present during the briefing are shown in the photo above:  From left to right: Defense Attache Gen. Cesar Yano, Veterans Affairs Attache Gen. Delfin Lorenzana, World Vision Development Officer Jason Befus, World Vision Monitoring and Evaluation Specialist Chris Leones, Ambassador Cuisia, World Vision Project Director Daphne Culanag, Labor Attache Atty Luzviminda Padilla, Agriculture Attache Dr. Josyline Javelosa, Police Attache Gen. Armando Ramolete and Air Force Attache Col. Arnel Duco (not in picture).

21 December 2011, Washington DC. On December 14, 2011, Philippine Embassy officials headed by H.E. Ambassador Jose L.Cuisia, Jr. received World Vision Development Foundation representatives for a  briefing on exploitative child labor elimination projects in the Philippines.

Daphne Culanag, Manila-based World Vision Project Director presented their "ABK Initiative" accomplishments funded by the U.S. Department of Labor from 2003-2011, which was implemented in cooperation with Philippine government agencies particularly the Department of Labor and Employment and the Department of Education and other non-government partners. The ABK initiative is a special project for combating child labor through education in the Philippines. ABK were taken from the three letters of the old Filipino alphabet Alibata to form the acronym for "Pag-Aaral ng Bata para sa Kinabukasan" (Education for the Children’s Future).

Jason Befus, World Vision's Child Development and Protection International Programs Group's Design and Development Officer also presented the project implementation plan for the $15 million grant received from the U.S. Department of Labor last October 2011. This project will run from 2011-2016 and is aimed towards helping eliminate exploitative child labor in sugarcane producing areas in the Philippines. World Vision plans to work with various Philippine government and non-government agencies to have a larger project impact.

Atty. Luzviminda Padilla, Embassy-based labor attaché affirmed the Philippine Department of Labor's continued support for World Vision's project. Agriculture Attache Dr. Josyline Javelosa also informed World Vision representatives that the Department of Agriculture's Agricultural Training Institute (ATI), in addition to the Sugar Regulatory Administration, is also prepared to work with World Vision. Specifically, ATI would like its 4-H Club Youth Development Program to be harnessed for this project. The 4-H project has 3 components, namely education and training, organizational strengthening and financial assistance for livelihood projects. Out of school youth (OSY) comprise majority of 4-H members. They are given opportunities to engage in agri-based livelihood projects that harness their entrepreneurial skills and generate income for their organization. The hands-on training provided to OSY hone their skills toward profitable farming.  END