Part 1: Child laborers in a Benguet rock quarry
Part 2: Child laborers in a Benguet rock quarry
Every time we hear some people (i.e. NGO or DSWD workers) talk about child labor in the Cordilleras, our reaction would be something like, “Duh, you don’t know what you are talking about. What’s wrong if a kid spends some of his time feeding pigs, or gathering water, or planting rice during weekends? It is character-building if you ask us.”
Admittedly, our not-too-favorable reaction on the issue is shaped by our personal experience. As a child, we had to do our share of work and it helped us learn the meaning of responsibility. Also, the work we were made to do didn’t prevent us from being a kid or from having fun.
However, after watching the videos above of children working in rock quarries, we realize that anti-child labor advocates do have a point, i.e., that child labor does exist in our region and that it is not as harmless as we first imagined it to be.
Note: The quality of the videos is rather poor but they are certainly worth watching.
VIDEO CREDIT: GMA7