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The 'Batang Malaya' Campaign: An Overview

The Batang Malaya is a campaign that the National Child Labor Committee and its partners will embark on in pursuit of a child labor-free Philippines. It is an advocacy that is hinged on the realization of the Philippine Program Against Child Labor.

The DOLE campaign to transform 89 pre-identified barangays nationwide into Child Labor-free Barangays was launched on 18 May 2012 to influence change and identify the roles and commitments of stakeholders particularly the government agencies, non-government organizations, private establishments, local chief executives, local leaders and the parents of child laborers and the child laborers themselves.

Technical Cooperation

The ILO has worked to eliminate child labor over its 90 year history, adopting internationally recognized labor standards on child labor and in 1992, established the International Programme on the Elimination of Child Labour. IPEC has made significant progress in tackling the problem of child labor and is working in nearly 90 countries and benefiting millions of children. IPEC employs internationally recognized labor standards and technical cooperation projects towards achievement of its objective of eliminating child labor.


ABK3 Livelihoods, Education, Advocacy and Protection (LEAP) to Reduce Child Labor in Sugarcane was formally launched in February 2012, and aims to assist 52,000 children and 25,000 households over a period of four years. It will provide direct education and education support services for children 5-17 years old, sustainable livelihoods for parents and families, as well as, youth employment services and linkage to social protection initiatives.

Other Programs
National Programs
The Philippine Program Against Child Labor

The PPACL works to transform the lives of child laborers, their families, and communities, towards their sense of self-worth, empowerment and development.

The H.E.L.P. M.E. Convergence Strategy

The H.E.L.P. (Health, Education, Livelihood, and Prevention, protection and prosecution) M.E. (Monitoring and Evaluation) Convergence Strategy aims to implement government child labor programs and services in the barangay level, the lowest echelon of governance.

Donate-A-Photo Campaign
Photo of the Day

Donate a photo. Make a difference.
Child labor is a development problem that must be addressed by the government and by the people. According to the preliminary results of the NSO Survey on Children conducted in 2011, 2.99 million children are engaged in hazardous work. The government, through the Philippine Program Against Child Labor is trying to address this by implementing convergent initiatives through the different agency-partners. Private individuals, on the other hand, also have roles to play: by reporting child labor incidence wherever in the country, by participating as volunteers in the different programs, and by helping raise awareness about this issue.

Photography. Advocacy.
To awaken public awareness about the problem that child labor brings to the children, the families and the society, we need to develop and disseminate more advocacy materials through different mass media and the internet. Both development and dissemination of these materials are most effective when the citizens are given an opportunity to be involved. One of these ways to tap the spirit of volunteerism and giving among individuals is this campaign.
Cameras abound everywhere - SLR, point and shoot, and even mobile phones. That's why photo-editing applications and software are everywhere. It is the nature of many people to capture what interests them. It is innate for people to appreciate beauty, bask in the delight in other persons' expressions, and relive moments from these captured memories. This is a generation of photographers and some aspiring ones.
With photos, this campaign aims to show the world what the faces of children should be: smiling, inspiring, happy, dreaming, loved.
With photos, we want to fight child labor. We want to show the other side. We want to reveal the future we want for the children.