RV-FS#10, Series of 1999
In 1998, the Department of Labor and Employment (DOLE) conducted a masterlisting of child laborers in the Bicol Region. The masterlisting, which yielded a total of 5,287 child laborers, covered 233 barangays in 49 municipalities and two cities of the five provinces. The exercise did not include the island province of Catanduanes since it was not identified as a convergent province under the Country Program for Children (CPC IV).
The masterlisting of working children provided a realistic and more accurate information base to respond to the problem of locating, identifying and specifying the needs of the child laborers in the project sites. Masterlisting also yielded information on the socio-economic status of communities, and facilitated the positive identification of the child laborers who were later made as priority groups that should benefit from a convergence of interventions or services.
Camarines Sur accounted for 57.9 percent of the total number of child laborers listed in the five convergent provinces. The children were found in 133 barangays of the province. Most of the child laborers worked in home based industries. Others were involved in fishing, farming, handicraft, street vending, factory work, scavenging, car washing, mining and driving non-motorized bicycle with a sidecar (called pedicab or "padyak").
The province of Sorsogon had the second highest number of child laborers comprising 14.9 percent. These children came from 33 barangays of eight municipalities of the province. Most of them were involved in fishing, farming, handicraft/shellcraft making, street vending and coin diving particularly those coming from municipality of Matnog. Others worked as baggage boys, waitresses, drivers, construction workers and truck helpers.
Meanwhile, Albay had 543 child laborers coming from Legazpi City, Daraga and Tabaco, and they were involved in sampaguita selling, vending and bus cleaning. Others worked as water radiator boys, pedicab drivers, and baggage boys.
Masbate and Camarines Norte followed each other closely with 466 and 434 child laborers, respectively. Most of the child laborers in Masbate were involved in farming, fishing, quarrying, panning, mining and home based industries while those in Camarines Norte were involved in small scale mining, panning, quarrying and fishing.
Source of basic data: Department of Labor and Employment