The Provincial Council for the Rights and Welfare of Children (PCRWC) is set to pilot a functional monitoring system to track child labor situation in Negros Occidental, in collaboration with the ABK3 LEAP project. The Child Labor Monitoring System (CLMS) will be piloted in 15 sugar producing cities/municipalities covered by ABK3 LEAP, with support from Microsoft devices team. The launching of the initiative, which will feature a demonstration of how the CLMS works, will be on May 29, 2014 at Nature’s Village Resort in Talisay City.
ABK3 LEAP’s Child Labor Monitoring System (CLMS) is a tool that can track child labor situation in the community using the Microsoft Data Gathering mobile solution. The solution, which has been piloted and used by over 300 organizations around the world to collect field data, enables paperless data gathering and facilitates a faster, real-time transmission of collected data for analysis. Community Watch Groups (CWGs) complete the survey form to collect data on children’s education and work status and households’ received services and transmit it online to the Microsoft Data Gathering server. Accurate and readily available data that can be generated from the Microsoft Data Gathering server is vital for the creation of relevant programs and policies for the reduction of child labor in sugarcane areas.
NSO’s 2011 Survey on Children revealed that there are 5.49 million economically active children aged 5-17 years old. About 3.03 million of these are engaged in child labor and an estimated 2.99 million child laborers are working in hazardous conditions with 62% coming from the agriculture sector. While there is no available data specific to child labor in sugarcane for the entire country, ABK3 LEAP’s baseline data in Negros Occidental documented 30,760 households with children working in sugarcane farms in 60 barangays within 15 cities/municipalities.
The CLMS is initially designed to monitor child labor situation in ABK3 LEAP areas but the PCRWC’s thrust is to expand it to cover other children’s concerns in the province.
The Mayors and the Social Welfare and Development and Planning Officers, of the 15 ABK3 LEAP covered cities/municipalities namely: Bacolod City, Bago City, Cauayan, Escalante City, Kabankalan City, La Castellana, Manapla, Moises Padilla, Murcia, Sagay City, San Carlos City, Silay City, Talisay City, Toboso and Victorias City, and the members of the PCRWC were invited to the launch.ABK3 LEAP project is implemented by a consortium of organizations led by World Vision Development Foundation, in partnership with ChildFund Philippines, Educational Research and Development Assistance Foundation, Inc. (ERDA), Sugar Industry Foundation, Inc. (SIFI), Community Economic Ventures, Inc. (CEVI), and University of the Philippines Social Action and Research for Development Foundation, Inc. (UPSARDF). Funding for the ABK3 LEAP project was provided by the United States Department of Labor. This press release does not necessarily reflect the views or policies of the United States Department of Labor, nor does the mention of trade names, commercial products, or organizations imply endorsement by the United States Government.