By Jerry Alcayde
CALAPAN CITY, Oriental Mindoro – The Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) reported today that there are at least 9,521 poor working children (child laborers) aged five to 17 years old in the MIMAROPA (Oriental Mindoro, Occidental Mindoro, Marinduque, Romblon, Palawan) region based from the DSWD’s Listahanan household assessment.
DSWD-MIMAROPA said that in Oriental Mindoro, 2,304 working children belonging to poor households were identified; 2,393 in Occidental Mindoro; 642 in Marinduque; 747 in Romblon; and 3,435 in Palawan.
From the number stated, 15.9 percent (1,519) are farmers; 12.5 percent (1,186) are fisherfolks; and 0.98 percent (93) are forestry workers.
In MIMAROPA, the top three municipalities with the highest cases of working children are in San Jose, Occidental Mindoro with 456 children; Brooke’s Point, Palawan with 420; and Abra de Ilog, Occidental Mindoro with 411.
The assessment containing reports collated in 2015 further revealed that 69.6 percent are male and 30.4 percent are female.
The DSWD reiterated that it is continuously advocating to stop the illegal employment of children as it encourages the public to report cases of child labors in MIMAROPA to their office.
Listahanan of the DSWD is a comprehensive database that serves as basis for selecting government pro-poor program beneficiaries.