Northern Mindanao Department of Labor and Employment (DOLE), in partnership with the Zabdiel Foundation distributed school supplies under the Project Angel Tree to 796 Mat-i, Luna and Lanise elementary schools in Claveria town.
DOLE-Eastern Misamis Oriental Provincial Field Office Chief Errol A. Natividad said that the department’s Angel Tree Project gives school supplies to elementary students as an aid to their basic needs per grade level.
“This project is one of the activities by the DOLE-X and this provincial office as support to poor but deserving parents to ease the burden of equipping their children to be school-ready, since we in the department prioritizes education and at the same time prevent these children to become child laborers,” said Natividad.
Supporting the distribution were Mayor Redentor Salvaleon, Public Employment Service Office (PESO) Manager Ellaine Edio, and Zabdiel Foundation Benedict O. Moreno.
Aside from school supplies, the Project Angel Tree, a component of the DOLE Child Labor Prevention and Elimination Program, provides an array of social services that range from food, clothing, educational assistance or school supplies, and even work and training opportunities made available by sponsors or benefactors through Zabdiel Foundation (as ‘angels’) to child laborers and their families. It aims to improve the economic and social conditions of child laborers and their families and increase the number of allies and advocates of child labor prevention and elimination. (Dundee Daing/DOLE-X EMO PFO)