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Isabela City observes World Day Against Child Labor with mural painting contest

ISABELA CITY, Basilan, July 14 (PIA) – The groups of young artists in Isabela City participated in the Mural Painting Contest, recently in support to the World Day Against Child Labor (WDACL) in June.

The Department of Labor and Employment (DOLE) Isabela City Field Office organized a mural painting contest in support of the World Day Against Child Labor (WDACL) in June. The global campaign aims to eradicate child labor, and this year's theme was "Buong Bansa, Sama-Sama, Lahat ng Bata, Para sa Batang Malaya". The contest aimed to engage both children and adults to spread awareness about the advocacy.

The inaugural WDACL mural painting contest featured three groups of young artists who showcased their artistic mastery by interpreting this year's theme. Despite facing challenges such as intense heat and rain, the artists persevered for two days to complete their artworks. The judges for the contest were composed of DOLE Isabela City Field Office staff, and after much evaluation, Tibulo emerged as the winner with the highest percentage, earning an average score of 96.5%.

Antonio Francisco III, the Team Leader of Pintaguhit, highlighted that their artwork symbolized the collaborative efforts of DOLE, local government units of Isabela City, and local partners in eradicating child labor in the city. On the other hand, Christine Siose, the representative of Los Pinteros, explained that their design aimed to raise awareness about WDACL to viewers. The winners, represented by Bennazar Baradji, described their artwork as a celebration of diversity, emphasizing the freedom and rights of children to pursue education, strive for success, and choose their own paths.

The Mural Painting Contest was successfully conducted with the support of the local government of Isabela City, the Isabela City Tripartite Industrial Peace Council (ICTIPC) and Isabela City Family Welfare Committee (ICFWC). The young artists demonstrated exceptional skills and creativity, and their artwork would go a long way in spreading awareness about the fight against child labor in the country. (RVC/NDR/PIA Basilan with reports from DOLE–Isabela City Field Office)

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