Awareness and mobilization have continued.
In the Philippines, tobacco growing is often a family business. Awareness about the hazards and illegality of child labour is low. Many families simply do not realize that making children work compromises children’s rights and jeopardizes their future opportunities and the socio-economic development of their communities.
When the ECLT Foundation began focusing efforts in the Philippines, child labour was a regular occurrence in La Union and Ilocos Sur.
We set out to raise awareness about the problem. We produced radio infomercials and videos. We partnered with tobacco companies to provide communities with audio-visual equipment to share information. And we hosted orientations and information seminars to spread the word.
Families and communities became aware of children’s rights. They understood the risks associated with child labour. With their concerted efforts, working together, children were withdrawn from child labour.
Learn more about all of our projects in this country:
- Eliminating Child Labour in the Tobacco Industry (ECLTI) Phase 2, 2007-2009
- Eliminating Child Labour in the Tobacco Industry (ECLTI), 2003-2006