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Based on the 2011 NSO Survey on Children, of the 29.02 million Filipino children aged 5-17, 5.49 million are economically active. An estimated 3.03 million of those working are engaged in child labor, and 2.99 million of them are working in hazardous child labor. Majority (62%) of child laborers under hazardous work are in the agriculture sector, where sugarcane farms are included.

Child labor in the country’s sugarcane industry is driven by a complex set of factors. Primary of these are poverty, lack of access to quality education, cultural acceptance of children working and a lack of reliable data on the magnitude and profile of children working in sugarcane areas.

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Hazards faced by children in sugarcane include:

  • Cuts and injuries from use of sharp and pointed tools;
  • Falling from trucks during harvesting and hauling for milling;
  • Burns and poison from fertilizer;
  • Injuries from carrying heavy loads;
  • Exposure to extreme temperature;
  • Long hours of work;
  • Snake and insect bites.

Read the ABK3 LEAP In-Depth Baseline Survey Report