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DOLE Removes Minors from Sugarcane Cutting
     Newly-cut sugarcanes are being loaded onto a ten-wheeler truck in a sugarcane field in Batangas. This is the typical work setting where  minors Leonard and Ralph work side-by-side with adults prior to their  removal from the said hazardous occupation.

DOLE Batangas Provincial Office removed two minor workers from a cane-cutting job in a sugarcane field in Brgy. Calumpang East, San Luis, Batangas during the conduct of routine inspection of sugar plantations, recently.

The labor inspectors encountered minors among a group of sacadas while waiting for the truck where their newly-cut canes will be loaded. During the interview, the said minors admitted that they were among those involved in the process. Both the employer and the recruiter, who happened to be in the area, likewise, admitted to having the youngsters employed and recruited by them at Odiongan, Romblon.

Upon completion of inspection procedures,  the child laborers were then brought to the Municipal Social Welfare and Development Office for the said agency’s appropriate action.

Cases were filed by DOLE against the employer and recruiter for employing minors and for trafficking in persons, respectively, at the Batangas Provincial Prosecutor’s Office.

In a separate visit of DOLE to the area, the barangay chief related that most of the sugar planter-employers discontinued the work and sent home their minor workers to their respective hometowns.

DOLE Regional Director Ricardo Martinez, Sr. said that the efforts of the Office may serve as an example that  may ripple across the sugar sector. From the view of Provincial Director Aleta Frigillana, the efforts exerted by the Batangas Provincial Office are significant to completely eliminate child labor in the sugar industry.

By:Guido R. Recio
DOLE Batangas Provincial Office

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