DSWD: Don't exploit kids for poll campaign

DSWD: Don’t exploit kids for poll campaign

MANILA, Philippines — The Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) has dissuaded political candidates from bringing along children in their sorties.

The DSWD said that aside from the dangers involved in bring along children to campaign sorties, there is also the issue of exploitation.

“Please spare the kids sa campaign… napaka-delikado ang kanilang sitwasyon kung sakaling magkaroon ng stampede,” said Acting DSWD Secretary Celia Capadocia-Yangco.

She also sought a probe into some candidates’ infomercials which used children.

Based on Republic Act 9231 or the Anti-Child Labor Law, children should have permits before they can be used in TV advertisements, including political ads.

The Department of Labor and Employment (DOLE), however, said the candidates who used children for their ads have allegedly secured permits.

“Ayon sa director ng Child Labor Section, merong permit itong mga candidate,” said director Chit Cilindro of DOLE.

The labor department also reminded the candidates to follow the regulations concerning children in campaigns, especially when honorarium or talent fees are involved.

Those who are 18 and below are prohibited to work for more than 8 hours. It is also unlawful to force minors to work beyond 6 p.m.

The DSWD urged parents to immediately report to their office cases of exploitation. — With a report from Alex Santos, ABS-CBN News

Karen Ang

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