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Welcome to the Child Labor Knowledge Sharing System

CLKSS is a tool that supports the Philippine Program Against Child Labor in sharing relevant data real-time, fostering communication, improving program monitoring and automating child labor case referrals. The PPACL and its network of mutually enabling social partners work towards the prevention and progressive elimination of child labor through protection, withdrawal, healing and reintegration of child workers into a caring society.

What are the rights of a child?

The United Nations Convention on the Rights of a Child protects and ensures every child's right to:
  • Survival. Right to life, which includes rights to adequate food, shelter, clean water and primary health care.
  • Development. Right to the resources, skills and contributions necessary for the full development of the child, which include rights to formal education, leisure and recreation, cultural activities, and information.
  • Protection. Right to protection from all forms of child abuse, neglect, exploitation and cruelty, including the right to special protection in times of war and protection from abuse in the criminal justice system.
  • Participation. Right to express opinions and be heard, and the right to information and freedom of association.

The worst forms of child labor include:
  • All forms of slavery, as defined under the Anti-trafficking in Persons Act of 2003, or practices similar to slavery, such as sale and trafficking of children, debt bondage and serfdom and forced or compulsory labor, including recruitment of children for use in armed conflict; or:
  • The use, procuring, offering or exposing of a child for prostitution, for the production of pornography or for pornographic performances; or
  • The use, procuring or offering of a child for illegal or illicit activities, including the production and trafficking of dangerous drugs and volatile substances prohibited under existing laws; or
  • Work which, by its nature or the circumstances in which it is carried out, is hazardous or likely to be harmful to the health, safety or morals of children

Voices of Children for Children

Students of the International School-Manila talk about their experiences related to child labor in the Philippines and how they can help in the fight against child labor.

The Philippine Program Against Child Labor

The Philippine Program Against Child Labor or PPACL, is a national strategic framework that envisions a child labor-free Philippines. It is a network of mutually enabling social partners that works to transform the lives of child laborers, their families and communities, towards a renewed sense of self-worth, empowerment and development.

FAQ on Child Labor in the Philippines
What is the minimum employable age?

The minimum employable age is 15. Thus, a child who is aged 15 to below 18, may be employed, provided that the activity to be performed is not hazardous, not exploitative or not harmful to his/her health and safety or physical, mental or psychosocial development. No permit or certificate of employment for those above 15 is required.

How should a child worker's compensation be managed?

Ownership, Usage and Administration of Working Child's Income

  • Shall belong to the child but administered by the parents
  • Set aside primarily for child's support, education or skills acquisition
  • Collective needs of the family is secondary-not more than 20% of the income