ABK3

ABK3 LEAP (Livelihoods, Education, Advocacy and Protection to Reduce Child Labor in Sugarcane Areas)

ABK means Pag-aaral ng Bata para sa Kinabukasan, from the ABK1 & ABK2 Initiatives which sought to reduce labor through education and combat the worst forms of child labor. ABK3 adapts the best practices developed from the ABK1 & ABK2 to reduce child labor in sugarcane areas.

 

RECIPIENTS

52,000 children ages 5-17 years old and 25,000 households

 

CHILD LABOR IN THE PHILIPPINES

According to the 2011 Survey on Children by the National Statistics Office, of the 29.02 million Filipino children aged 5-17 years old, 5.49 million are working. Of these, 3.03 million are engaged in child labor and 2.99 million are working in hazardous work conditions.

 

CHILD LABOR IN SUGARCANE

While 62% of the children in hazardous child labor are in the agriculture sector, there is no available data on the number of child laborers working in sugarcane farms.

 

Child labor in the country’s sugarcane areas is driven by a complex set of factors, primary of which are poverty, the lack of access to quality education, cultural acceptance of children working and a lack of reliable data on the numbers and profile of children working in sugarcane farms.

 

The hazards faced by children working in the sugarcane farms include:

  • Cuts and injuries from use of sharp and pointed tools;
  • Falling off trucks during harvesting and hauling for milling;
  • Exposure to extreme temperature;
  • Heavy loads;
  • Long hours of work;
  • Burns and poison from fertilizer;
  • Snake and insect bites.

 

PROJECT OBJECTIVES

1. To reduce exploitative child labor through provision of direct education, livelihood, social protection and youth employment services and linkages to support services.

2. To strengthen policies and capacity on Child Labor, Education, Sustainable Livelihood and Social Protection.

3. To raise Awareness on Exploitative Child Labor, its root causes, the importance of education, social protection and decent work for children/youth of legal working age.

4. To support research, evaluation and the collection and dissemination of reliable data on Child Labor, its root causes and/or effective strategies.

5. To promote long-term sustainability of efforts to reduce child labor in Sugarcane.

 

TARGET AREAS 

are Batangas, Camarines Sur, Capiz, Iloilo, Cebu, Leyte, Negros Oriental, Negros Occidental, Bukidnon, Davao del Sur and North Cotabat.

 

IMPLEMENTING AGENCIES

Lead Agency World Vision Development Foundation, Inc.

Partner Agencies (1) ChildFund Philippines (CF) (2) Educational Research & Development Assistance Foundation, Inc. (ERDA) (3) Sugar Industry Foundation, Inc. (SIFI) (4) Community Economic Ventures, Inc. (CEVI) (5) University of the Philippines Social Action and Research for Development Foundation (UPSARDF).

 

FUNDING AGENCY

US Department of Labor (USDOL) under Cooperative No. IL-22508-11-75-K