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RH law to minimize child labor — Lagman

Sunday, July 1, 2012

The rise in the number of children at work could be traced to the absence of a Reproductive Health (RH) law in the Philippines, a senior member of the House of Representatives said on Friday.

At the same time, a child welfare group urged the Aquino administration to act fast to curb the rising incidence of child labor by addressing the need of poor Filipinos for food, shelter, jobs and social services.
“The escalating incidence of child labor in the Philippines transcends labor-law implementation and police enforcement as it is an indictment of the government’s failure to positively address the population problem by enacting the reproductive health bill,” Albay Rep. Edcel Lagman said. Lagman, one of the principal authors of the RH bill in the House, said both maternal deaths and child labor will be reduced and prevented once the RH bill becomes a law.

“The unremitting pregnancies of Filipino women in the marginalized sectors due to lack of information and access to reproductive health and family-planning services and  supplies largely contribute to the increase in child labor as numerous children are suffered to work in their tender years to augment family incomes,” he said..... MORE

SourceThe Daily Tribune

URL: http://www.tribune.net.ph/index.php/nation/item/943-rh-law-to-minimize-child-labor-%E2%80%94-lagman

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