This was eventually addressed through P. After the fall of the Marcos regime in , increasing demands for reforms in government policies, legislation and programs affecting children made the government respond by ratifying the United Nations Convention on the Rights of the Child CRC on July 26, The CRC entered into force as an international agreement on September 2, To comply with the mandate of the U.
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N CRC, the government enacted R. However, the act was also severely criticized because of how its provisions severely changed existing policies regarding Child labor laws. A new law called R. Additionally, the new law requires the employers to first secure for the child a work permit from the DOLE before the child can begin to work. In , the Philippines passed a new law known as R. Despite government efforts on amendments and ratification of laws and policies regarding child labor, the present policies and legislation responsible for the protection and rights of child workers in the Philippines still remain scattered among the different laws of the country.
There are different reasons to why children are pushed to work below the legal age of Listed below are some of the main problems. This amounts to Recent research cites that poverty incidence among Filipino families have been increasing.
The widespread poverty and unemployment rates in the country means that poor or low-income households are vulnerable to income and employment shocks. Lacking in physical assets that may be sold oroffered as collateral in order to reduce or prevent interruptions to their income streams, poor households may resort to sending their younger members to work as a risk-reducing strategy.
Especially during economic downturns when adult unemployment is rising and incomes are falling, child work provides a way for augmenting household incomes. It is thus reasonable to expect that the incidence of child labor will be higher among poor households than non-poor households and that such incidence should rise especially during periods of economic slowdown or decline.
Child labor tends to reinforce intergenerational cycle of poverty because it interferes with their education and increases their vulnerability to exploitation. This study has shown that most children are either forced to work at an early age or just work to have a steady income to help their families in their financial situations. From the 90's to 00's to 10's the Philippines population have steadily increased from 60,, to 76,, and to 92,, respectively, a growth rate of 2.
Bersales, Ph. One of the top reasons is poverty. Insufficient income to sustain schooling constitutes Another alarming sign is that lack of interest which constitutes to Lastly, 5.
These factors affect the kids as they try to help their families earn more that resulted to the negligence of their education. A study indicated that school attendance among child workers tends to be sacrificed. Although schooling can be combined with work in many instances, various factors like poverty and the conditions of work may prevent working children from either attending school or benefiting to any significant degree from doing so.
Children laboring under hazardous conditions are also at great risk of getting injured or contracting various diseases. Psychological and emotional problems have also been noted among children working under extreme conditions. These effects have implications on the future productive capacity and earning potential of working children. The failure to invest in human capital now means that the working children of today will be the impoverished parents of tomorrow, bearing children who like them will also be pushed prematurely into the labor market to make ends meet.
Child labor, especially the worst forms, tends to reproduce the very same conditions that brought it about. The relationship between child work, bad performance at school, and eventual non-attendance can take various routes as illustrated in many documented cases. In general, time divided between work and studying does not permit a child to focus on the latter, causing him to fall behind with his lessons and to get low grades. While adults working under the same conditions face similar risks, an argument for minimum health and safety regulations would pose that children are especially vulnerable to work-related illnesses.
Their yet undeveloped biological processes make their bodies less resistant to the chemicals and other toxic substances they are regularly exposed to. The lack of proper nutrition, so characteristic among the poor, moreover increases the vulnerability of working children to both the short, and long-term debilitating effects of work, which can cut short economically productive life. In order to progressively eliminate the proliferation of child labor cases in the Philippines, the following agencies, DOLE, DSWD, and CWC jointly collaborate on the programs and actions that assure the prevention of more child labor cases and the protection of the children in the society.
The Department of Labor and Employment DOLE is the national government agency responsible for formulating policies, the implementation of programs, and they serve as the policy-coordinating program arm of the Executive Branch in the labor and employment field. Led by the Department of Labor and Employment, the latter framework was established for the period to combat child labor. The program partners used it as a way to unify the goals, missions, visions, and other points needed of the programs to be established.
When the period ended, the National Child Labor Committee added breadth to the framework by identifying new objectives that would help sustain the environment NPACL fostered and continue preventing the progressing situation of child labor in the Philippines. In order to protect children and their rights, they proposed seven objectives to influence action:. To be consistent with the PPACL framework, the objectives of the programs was founded on the framework to promote consistency and efficiency in combating child labor.
Its five initiatives are as follows:. Each labor-free barangay will be given a three-year certification and endorsement to DOLE programs once the barangay has completed the criteria and other requirements and submitted the proper documents in being enlisted as child labor-free. They should also have at least four agencies working within their area in order to promote child protection.
Aquino III. Introduced by the Bureau of Women and Young Workers, the Project Angel Tree works as a connection for child laborers and those stakeholders who wish to collaboratively partake in protecting their rights. They call this system value networks, where through them, positive social interaction would be formed and child laborers would be granted access to resources. In , Project Angel Tree has already helped 15, victims of child labor in the country.
Philippine National Strategic Framework for Plan Development for Children, otherwise known as Child 21, serves as a guide for initiatives and programs established to promote and protect the rights of the children. The framework includes different activities and strategies in order to provide child-friendly environments, education, protection from threats including sexual exploitation, child labor, and child-trafficking, and other modes of development for the children. The Department of Social Welfare and Development DSWD is the government agency who provides direction to the intermediaries and implementers concerned with the delivery and development of social welfare and development services.
They also develop and enrich existing programs and services for specific groups which includes the children and youth. They also have Therapeutic Services for the Abused Children for the children to overcome the negative effects of abuse and for them to be able to live a normal and productive life by maximizing every potential a child has.
They incorporate issues and concerns affecting trafficking in children in its development and strategic frameworks and ensures the adoption of such by the LGUs and other stakeholders. This started numerous initiatives which granted children freedom from work enslavement. The organization founded rescue operations, participated in governmental and international campaigns and advocacy activities, imprisoned child labors, and finally, identified and rescued child laborers in plantations, factories, prostitution facilities, and other exploitative locations.
As a child laborer herself, Ma. VFI in order to eradicate slavery and human trafficking. Its actions revolve around providing residential care to victims, mainly women and children, of difficult circumstances such as exploitation and child labor. The organization has established programs such as:. In , the Philippines joined the International Labour Organization ILO and has remained one of the active participants in its advocacy. As the country face problems on employment, more specifically, child labor, the partnership paved way to projects that will help in the elimination of child labor.
The organization supports the country through promoting growth and developing their skills through quality education, especially for the children who remain victims to employment. International Programme on the Elimination of Child Labour IPEC varies from one country after another, dependent on the current situations of child labor persisting in the country specified. It aims to eliminate child labor in its different sectors, such as direct action, advocacy and awareness, institutional development, social services and poverty alleviation, and legislation and policy development.
In , ChildFund began by partnering with religious organizations, and eventually, the communities in the Philippines. The organization helps secure the future of children vulnerable to exploitation, child labour, and other causes, and builds a community that would ensure their safety and protection. ChildFund is notable for two projects: Child Protection Committees CPCs , wherein they protect children from dangerous and harmful acts such as bullying, child abuse, exploitation, and other measures in schools.
Another would be the Conditional Socialized Education Assistance: Provide educational assistance to children who face inabilities to meet their educational needs. World Vision Development Foundation Inc. The partnership with organization started when its founder, Robert Willard Pierce, initiated the China Challenge, which led to sponsoring and caring for the poor and needy.
In four years, , ABK3 LEAP intends to provide education, raise awareness, support research, contribute to the continuous development, and support data collection on child labor. However, they do provide a rough sense of perspective. As we can see, the incidence of child labour in England in was similar to global incidence a century later. Global rates of child labour today are similar to those of Italy in the 's at around 10 per cent.
In the next section we explore these series in more detail and discuss recent developments. This report presents global estimates and trends for the period The following visualization, based on this source, presents the recent changes in the world-wide share of children ages in employment. As we discuss below , there is lack of consensus regarding the appropriate ages for measuring child labor, particularly for the purpose of cross-country comparisons and global aggregates. The age bracket ranging from 5 to 17 years of age is common in many UN reports, but there is evidently a need to differentiate work at different ages, since children in their teenage years are less vulnerable to workplace abuse.
Other common age brackets are and years of age. The visualization below presents global trends, using estimates in two age brackets: and years of age. Unfortunately these global estimates are not broken down by gender, and are not available for other age brackets. However, the pattern is consistent with the remark made above: child labour has been going down in recent years. Basu 5 uses this source to produce global labour force participation rates for children ages in the period The following visualization presents the corresponding trend using the data published in Basu While these estimates are informative about child labour, they cannot be linked directly to those of children in employment published by the ILO IPEC for the period due to issues of comparability; specifically, the IPEC and EPEAP estimates discussed above rely on different survey instruments covering a different set of countries, and break up the relevant population in different age brackets.
However, this source is generally believed to understate the extent of child labour, since data is not collected for work inside the household not even market work. Nonetheless, regardless of discrepancies between these two sources, the trends tell a consistent story: the share of economically active children in the world has been going down for decades. Contrary to popular perception, most working children in the world are unpaid family workers, rather than paid workers in manufacturing establishments or other forms of wage employment. Schultz and Strauss 6 compile information from a number of different sources mostly country-specific datasets from national statistics offices—see the original paper for detailed sources to provide a picture of the industrial composition of economically active children.
The following table numbered as table 5 in Schultz and Strauss presents their results. In almost every listed country, a majority of economically active children work in agriculture, forestry, or fishing. A point that is also worth emphasizing here is the lack of consistency in the age brackets for which child labour estimates are available. As it can be appreciated, the prevalence of child labour varies widely by country; for instance, the share of children in employment here defined in terms of being economically active for one hour a week was fifteen times larger in Uganda than in Turkey according to estimates.
While most countries exhibit a downward trend, many countries are lagging. Switch to the map view in this chart to compare the level of child labour between countries. Sub-Saharan Africa is the region where child labour is most prevalent, and also the region where progress has been slowest and least consistent. As we discuss in more detail below , child labour is by definition problematic whenever it interferes with the children's development. Because of this it is informative to study child labour specifically when it is coupled with absence from school.
The following visualization shows the share of children in employment who work only i.
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Again, there is wide variation across countries; while in Latin America the majority of children who are economically active also attend school, in sub-Saharan Africa this is not the case. However, trends are encouraging on the whole, particularly in sub-Saharan Africa where the problem is most acute. The next section exploring correlates, determinants and consequences of child labour, provides more information about the link between work and school attendance. The harmful consequences of child labor are partly determined by the intensity of work, and how it affects time allocation in other activities, such as playing or learning more on this below.
Hence, to understand child labor it is crucial to understand time allocation. The following chart shows, country by country, the weekly average of hours worked by children ages who are economically active. As we can see, average hours worked by children vary widely across countries, even at similar levels of GDP per capita. For example, while average incomes in Bangladesh and Nepal are roughly similar, in the former economically active children spend more than three times as much time working.
In fact, even across countries with similar labor force participation of children, differences in average hours worked are large. This is shown in the following chart. In the majority of countries boys are more likely than girls to be engaged in economic activity.
The following visualization presents the incidence of child employment for boys vs. See Schultz and Strauss for a discussion of academic evidence informing other potential determinants and consequences. As it has already been mentioned, child labour is particularly problematic to the extent that it hinders the children's development, notably by interfering with schooling. Since time is a scarce resource, the extent to which children's employment is linked to school attendance depends on the type and number of hours worked.
This evidence also shows that there are no significant difference by domestic or marketed work. This chart shows the relationship between school attendance and hours worked using micro data i. A similar pattern can also be seen in the data if we look at aggregates: In countries where children tend to work longer hours, it is more common that working children remain out of school. This interactive chart shows this by plotting country-level average hours worked by children against share of working children who are out of school. The above relationship between work and schooling is informative about the impact of children's work on schooling, but is not sufficient to establish causality; there are many potential economic and cultural factors that simultaneously influence both schooling and work decisions; and in any case, the direction of the relationships is not obvious—do children work because they are not attending school, or do they fail to attend school because they are working?
A number of academic studies have tried to establish causality by attempting to find a factor an 'instrumental variable' that only affects whether a child works without affecting how the family values other uses of the child's time e. Rosati, F.
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Cross-country data on child labour and economic growth suggests a strong negative correlation between economic status and child labour. The following visualization depicts the cross-country incidence of child labour share of children ages involved in economic activity against GDP per capita PPP adjusted GDP per capita in international dollars. To provide some context regarding the absolute number of children, each country's observation is pictured as a circle where the size of the circle represents population aged This evidence cannot be interpreted causally; as before, countries differ in many aspects that may be associated with child labour choices and income.
But there are a number of reasons why, conceptually, child labour might be indeed caused by poor living conditions. For example, children might only work if the parents are unable to meet subsistence conditions; or it could be the case that parents allocate more of the children's time to schooling as they afford the necessary inputs for schooling text-books, uniforms, etc.
Partly following this logic, several countries have implemented cash transfer programmes in an attempt to discourage child labour and increase schooling.
Similar findings have been found in other countries as well. The literature often refers to these programmes as the prime example of "collaborative measures" against child labour: non-coercive interventions that alter the economic environment of decision makers in order to make them more willing to let children stay out of work. The following chart, from Hilowitz 12 , shows a diagrammatic classification of child labour shaded region depending on age and type of work.