Training of Trainers (ToT) on Child Labour organized by ILO and MOLE

With funding support from Japan, International Labour Organization (ILO) partnered with the Ministry of Labor and Employment (MOLE) and the Integrated Resource Development for Tri-People (IRDT) in the implementation of capacity building of Bangsamoro Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao (BARMM) ministries, law enforcement agencies, worker's and employer's organizations, and stakeholders to promote compliance and enforcement of child labour laws.

Child Labour Training of Trainers participated by MOLE and other key BARMM ministries and offices such MSSD, MILG, MAFAR, BYC and DAB
In June 18-22, 2023, a ToT was organized by IRDT in close cooperation with MOLE to train the participants coming from relevant BARMM ministries such as Ministry of Labor and Employment (MOLE), Ministry of Social Services and Development (MSSD), Ministry of Agriculture, Fisheries and Agrarian Reform (MAFAR), Ministry of Interior and Local Government (MILG), Bangsamoro Youth Commission (BYC) and Development Academy of Bangsamoro (DAB).

The goal of the training is to develop a pool of competent trainers who can effectively present child labour information, international conventions e.g. ILO Conventions 138 and ILO Convention 182 and national laws and guidelines to the general public with focus on duty bearers, tripartite partners and relevant stakeholders e.g. law enforcement so that the latter will be capacitated and mobilized to take action in addressing child labour in BARMM.

The nine (Male- 3, Female-6) participants will take the lead in the rolling out of the child labour training after undergoing the series of sessions and lectures for them to be able to master the content of the Child Labour manual, apply effective strategies in the delivery of the training to include facilitative skills to promote participant engagement through reflective practice, critical thinking and skill acquisition. The participants will likewise develop an action plan for its implementation to include re-echoing their learning to its respective office.

The four-day training workshop employed collaborative approaches and highlighted the objective of the training through input, insight, reflection sharing. They also developed a plan of action for the rolling out of the training before the year ends.

Director Khalid Hassan assured the participants that ILO remains steadfast in supporting its member states such as the Philippines and specifically the Bangsamoro region in eliminating child labour in the region. With support from the Japanese government, ILO is supporting the region through the Ministry of Labor and Employment in addressing child labour using a holistic and integrated approach through the project.

Meanwhile, Chief Minister Ahod Ebrahim reiterated his commitment and even envisioned BARMM to lead the country’s campaign in the elimination of child labour in the region.

The First Secretary of Embassy of Japan who managed to observe the training also expressed his support and commitment. First Secretary Kanno Chihiro said that the long-standing partnership of Japan and the ILO has covered projects for a wide range of labour concerns, promoting social justice and decent work. He added that ILO’s efforts of contributing to the elimination of child labour in the Bangsamoro is truly commendable. He looked forward to having more meaningful collaborative projects such as this with the ILO in the years to come.

The ToT was covered by representative of the Philippine Information Agency (PIA) upon the request of ILO’s implementing partner, the Integrated Resource Development for Tri-people or IRDT. The article published by PIA captured the attention of other media entities, e.g., radio and television thus help in raising awareness on the issue of child labour in the region which now ranks third again in the latest PSA survey.