DoLE launches Web site for reporting child labor

Posted on September 02, 2011

TO ENCOURAGE the public to join the fight against child labor, the Department of Labor and Employment (DoLE), in partnership with the International Labor Organization (ILO), launched early this year a Web site that allows concerned individuals to report cases.

there are 2.4 million working children in the Philippines, 60% of whom are involved in hazardous jobs. -- Jonathan L. Cellona
Visitors of the Child Labor Knowledge Sharing System ( need only register their e-mail addresses to make full use of the “Report Child Labor Cases” and “Report Alleged Perpetrators” pages.

“After the report is submitted to the system, it will automatically send an e-mail notification to the appropriate agencies,” Joselito D. Manabat of the DoLE’s program management and technical support services division told BusinessWorld .

He assured site visitors that their identities will remain confidential.

“The CLKSS has a built-in user access leveling, namely contributor, editor, member, reader, reviewer, and manager. To protect data like names of victims, perpetrators and reporters, only site managers and administrators can view reported cases on the CLKSS.”

Since the Web site’s launch in mid-April, 164 individuals have registered in the portal. However, no legitimate child labor case has been reported, so site developers are trying to intensify their information campaign.

Recent data from the ILO showed that there are 2.4 million working children in the Philippines, 60% of whom are involved in hazardous jobs.

Cesar Giovanni I. Soledad, manager of the ILO’s “Towards a Child Labor Free Philippines” project, said the CLKSS is a “knowledge management system that facilitates knowledge exchange among agencies with different jurisdictions -- labor, education, social welfare, police, judicial courts and health.”

Previously, the absence of an integrated system made it difficult to track government action on child labor, he said. The Web site now provides efficient information transfer “from the bottom up or from the top down within the same government agency, say, from the barangay to the municipal, provincial, regional and national levels,” Mr. Soledad said.

The CLKSS also features an interactive forum, where anyone with an Internet connection can communicate with other individuals regarding child labor.

Moreover, the Web site hosts more than 100 materials on child labor, such as a profile of working children in the Philippines, updated situationers on children, and details of relevant government programs. -- Trishia P. Octaviano