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DOLE strengthens child labor reporting system

QUEZON CITY, (PIA) -- To strengthen the child labor reporting system in the country, the labor department inked an agreement with the Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) to launch the Makabata Helpline.

Makabata, which stands for “MA-halin at KA-lingain ating mga BATA,” aims to ensure that the various needs of children and their families are addressed through an efficient referral system and delivery of service.

The helpline will enable faster reporting and response to concerns related to children, including child abuse and child labor. 

 It also supports the labor department’s doubled efforts in eradicating child labor in the country, specifically in monitoring profiled child laborers to facilitate their removal from child labor.

It can be reached by phone at 0960-377-9863 (Smart)/0915-802-2375 (Globe) or by email at

The labor department also recently launched a Child Labor Knowledge Sharing System (, which holds all information on child labor, as well as concerted efforts and initiatives of the National Council Against Child Labor (NCACL) and its partners.

The public may access child labor-related data, such as the country’s child labor situation and the current status of program implementation, through the knowledge exchange platform. (dole/pia-ncr)

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