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Cebu sets guidelines for release of children in conflict with the law
May 07, 2020

Cebu Governor Gwendolyn Garcia says it is important to establish protocols for children in conflict with the law as they are different from adult prisoners

Bringing up Cain
April 10, 2017
President Duterte talks to kids about killings. It’s no surprise when one child blurts out, 'I will kill drug pushers.' Another boy says, 'I’ll become a soldier. I will kill rebels.'

Verbal abuse
by Sylvia Estrada Claudio April 10, 2017
I guess we will have to teach the Philippine Boy Scouts not to follow the example of the Chief Scout.

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Minors past curfew - Nationwide curfew plan

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Hundreds of Manila minors taken into custody for staying out past curfew
Rambo Talabong September 03, 2019

Manila Mayor Isko Moreno's curfew memorandum seeks to penalize parents for their perceived neglect of underaged kids

Children's rights group condemns Duterte's nationwide curfew plan
'We believe that this plan makes 'protection' punitive, poses unacceptable dangers to children, and is reactive, short-sighted and superficial,' Bahay Tuluyan, a children's rights group, says. May 21, 2016

Advocates to Duterte: Don't imprison parents of street kids
Fritzie Rodriguez May 21, 2016
Do you agree that parents of unattended minors, mostly street children, loitering the streets from 10 pm to 5 am should be imprisoned?


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Curfew para sa mga Menor de Edad
ABS-CBN News Sep 14, 2019
"Failon Ngayon" delves into Manila's implementation of stricter curfew hours for minors. Manila Mayor Isko Moreno says the ordinance also seeks to penalize parents for perceived neglect of their underage children.


Curfew sa Maynila, mahigpit na ipinatupad ni Mayor Isko Moreno
GMA Public Affairs Sep 3, 2019
Mahigpit na ipinatupad ni Mayor Isko Moreno ang curfew ng mga menor de edad sa Maynila. Kaya ang isang police station, tila napuno agad sa unang gabi ng rescue operations na isinagawa ng mga pulis! Ang ilan, sinubukan pang tumakas

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FACT CHECK: Duterte misinformed that child offenders can just 'go home'
Camille Elemia April 04, 2017
The President's remarks before the boy scouts show he wasn't aware the Pangilinan law was amended in 2013, allowing child offenders aged 12 to 15 to be detained in youth centers.

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Duterte blames 'Pangilinan law' for 'young criminal minds'
Trishia Billones, ABS-CBN News Apr 03 2017

On finding hope and fighting fate
Camille Elemia February 16, 2019 - with Videos

As lawmakers debate on the MACR they think children deserve, kids continue to be exposed to environments that put them on a collision course with the law

Why lowering the minimum age of criminal responsibility is false compromise
by Manu Gasper February 26, 2019
'The kind of protection that’s needed is the actual and effective implementation of the current Juvenile Justice and Welfare Act'

SC to judges: Determine first age of children before acting on their criminal cases
February 8, 2021 Rey Panaligan

The Supreme Court (SC) has issued guidelines for strict observance by the trial courts in the handling of cases involving minors, those children in conflict with the law (CCL).

Senate to begin hearing bills on lowering age of criminal liability
Camille Elemia January 20, 2019
Senate bills are pushing for a slightly higher minimum age, 12 years old, than the House of Representatives' proposal of 9 years old

The Video: Senate hearing on proposal to lower minimum age of criminal liability
25 January 2019

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Children and crime
Jan 24, 2019
We talk about the pros and cons of bringing down the minimum age of criminal liability.

Only 2% of crimes committed by kids, says children's rights group
Jan 27, 2019
Holding 12-year-old children criminally liable will not address the problem of criminality in the country, the leader of a children's rights group said January 27, 2019.

The pink rooms where cops keep children accused of crimes
Feb 4, 2019
When children are caught by cops, there are special pink rooms in police stations ready to welcome them.
They are the Women and Children Protection desks. Found in every police station in the Philippines, they handle victims of crimes that victimize women and children.

I'm for lowering the minimum age of criminal liability
Veronica Conary April 03, 2019
Veronica Conary is the pseudonym of the author who requested that her identity not be revealed owing to the sensitive nature of the topic.
Maybe if we have raised conscientious children with morally upright values, even if the minimum age of criminal responsibility is lower than 12 years old, we won't have anything to fear

Lowering age of criminal liability contradicts laws protecting children
by Glenda Marie Castro February 08, 2019
Moves to lower the age of criminal liability run counter to the spirit of various Philippine laws which recognize the vulnerability of minors

Anne Curtis, Daphne Oseña-Paez on lowering age of criminal responsibility: Make current law work
by Alexa Villano February 08, 2019
Anne and Daphne says there is no need in lowering the age from 15 to 12 years old. Look the Videos

No time for Congress to pass bill on age of criminal liability before polls
by Camille Elemia February 06, 2019
But there is still a chance for the bill's approval because the 17th Congress is set to resume one last time from May 20 to June 7

'Goin’ Bilibid:' Netizen hits bill lowering age of criminal responsibility
February 04, 2019
'Anong nangyari sa hustisya? Bakit bubwit ang nagdurusa? Sa mga salot at disgrasya na dulot ng mga daga,' says Lolito Go in his parody song

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Why experts strongly oppose lowering the age of criminal responsibility
by Sofia Tomacruz February 04, 2019
Lawmakers are set on having children as young as 12 exposed to the criminal justice system. They ignore years of scientific research and evidence.

Watchdog to PH: Don't lower age of criminal responsibility
by Sofia Tomacruz February 03, 2019
Human Rights Watch says such proposal will only expose more Filipino children to a 'broken and debilitating' criminal justice system

IN PHOTOS: The pink rooms where cops keep children accused of crimes
Rambo Talabong February 05, 2019 - with Video
Children accused of crimes stay with cops in these rooms while waiting to be turned over to social welfare offices

Portrait of the Filipino child as a criminal
Vergel O. Santos February 02, 2019
Here lies the basic senselessness, ludicrousness, indeed immorality in Gordon’s proposition: How could a nation get built at the cost of the very future, if not the very lives, of its own children?

LOOK: Senate committees recommend 12 years old as minimum age of criminal liability
Camille Elemia Updated January 31, 2019
A copy obtained by Rappler shows 11 senators have signed the committee report prepared by Senate justice committee chairperson Richard Gordon

LIST: How the House voted on lowering criminal liability age
Mara Cepeda January 30, 2019
Only 34 legislators have said no to the bill that would lower the minimum age of criminal responsibility from 15 years old to 12 years old

'We have to stand up for the children'
Dorothea Gloria January 30, 2019
After performing for prisoners in New York, it broke my heart when one of them said, 'we have nothing but time'

DSWD backs lowering criminal liability age to 12
Sofia Tomacruz January 30, 2019
'The position of DSWD is aligned with the position of the lawmakers,' says Social Welfare Secretary Rolando Bautista, adding that emphasis should be on rehabilitation of children in conflict with the law

PH not civilized if kids treated as criminals
Paterno Esmaquel II January 29, 2019
'There is no way we can call ourselves a civilized society if we hold children in conflict with the law criminally liable,' says the Catholic Bishops' Conference of the Philippines

What do taking 1st Communion and committing crime have in common?
Mara Cepeda January 29, 2019
Ex-drug addict and syndicate-member-turned-congressman Arnolfo Teves Jr argues for the lowering of the age of criminal responsibility

A class war masquerading as a war on crime
Walden Bello January 29, 2019
The lowering of the age of criminal liability is a draconian effort to control and repress the poor – backed by our society’s upper and middle classes

The real syndicate behind lowering criminal liability age
Lily Flordelis January 28, 2019
Impunity is the culture, so syndicates are rewarded and victims are either jailed or killed

House lowers minimum age of criminal responsibility to 12
Mara Cepeda January 28, 2019 - with Video
The House leadership makes good on its promise to pass yet another pet bill of President Rodrigo Duterte

Lowering criminal liability age breaks Filipino core values – lawmakers
Mara Cepeda January 28, 2019
A congresswoman who rejected House Bill 8858 even plays a part of the song 'Greatest Love of All' to express her opposition to the controversial measure

Build youth centers first before lowering age of criminal responsibility
Lian Buan January 26, 2019
‘The problems lie in the implementation of the law and that is what the amendments should focus on,’ says Senator Franklin Drilon

Rights groups protest outside Senate vs lowering age of criminal liability
Samantha Bagayas January 25, 2019
Child rights' groups including the Council for the Welfare of Children and Salinlahi Alliance for Children's Concerns appeal to senators to focus on the proper implementation of the law instead

Despite experts' warning, Gordon to push for 12 years as minimum age of criminal liability
Sofia Tomacruz January 25, 2019 - with Video
The Senate justice committee chairman says this will be a 'win-win' situation as it will help ensure funds from and the cooperation of government agencies

Philippine artists' group opposes lowering of age of criminal responsibility
January 25, 2019
The Concerned Artists of the Philippines says the proposal is 'barbaric, disrespectful of human dignity, ignorant of social conditions on the ground, and entirely unsupported by scientific and scholarly evidence'

Ateneo president on age of criminal liability: ‘No need for changes, strengthen the law’
January 25, 2019
'Let us take our children to school. Let us accompany them to God. Let us not bring them to jail,' Villarin says

Jail criminal syndicates, abusive parents not kids
January 25, 2019
'Our children are not the criminals here but victims of abuses and exploitation,' says Senator Leila de Lima as she offers her bill as an alternative to the proposed lower age of criminal liability

Why jailing kids is not just cruel, it’s stupid too
JC Punongbayan January 24, 2019
Are Filipinos really comfortable with this? Is this a true sentiment of our people that lawmakers are only faithfully expressing and executing?

Highlights of House bill lowering criminal liability age to 12
Mara Cepeda January 24, 2019
Here are the major provisions of the controversial bill which is one step away from passing in the House of Representatives

Duterte: It’s OK if 12 is age of criminal responsibility
Christine O. Avendaño, DJ Yap, Leila B. Salaverria January 24, 2019

Lowering criminal liability age to 12 'still attacks children' – Makabayan
Mara Cepeda January 23, 2019
The left-leaning lawmakers argue that the last-minute changes to the bill would still 'criminalize' children in conflict with the law

House changes proposed minimum criminal liability age from 9 to 12 years old
Mara Cepeda January 23, 2019
The House passes the controversial measure on second reading after spending only two session days for the plenary debates

Rights groups hit lack of facilities for children in conflict with the law
Jaira Krishelle Balboa January 23, 2019
'If we’re going to be bringing up children inside a kulungan (prison), what kind of future do we expect?” asks Christine Sevilla of the Philippine Alliance of Human Rights Advocates

PNP official: Children violating laws ‘mostly from poor families’
Rambo Talabong January 23, 2019
'Madalang sa upper class. Mga from poor families, mga indigent kasi mostly,' says the PNP's anti-violence against women and children chief

Why target kids? Jail corrupt officials first, netizens tell lawmakers
January 22, 2019
Netizens believe that jail is not the place for 9-year-old children to learn from their mistakes

Gordon eyes passage of bill lowering age of criminal liability by June
Camille Elemia January 22, 2019
Senate justice committee chair Richard Gordon says he would grant President Rodrigo Duterte's wish to lower the minimum age of criminal responsibility to 12 years old

Criminalization is not what we owe our children
Athena Presto January 22, 2019
'It is unacceptable to tag a child as a criminal as if we adults and this society have no accountability for their action.

House panel OKs bill to lower age of criminal liability to 9 years old
Mara Cepeda January 21, 2019 - with Video
Justice panel chairperson Salvador Leachon justifies the bill, saying it aims to protect children from being used by syndicates

Child rights group to Congress on age of criminal liability: Why the turnaround?
January 21, 2019
The group says it's ironic that the bill is being backed by the same person who signed the JWWA into law – Speaker Gloria Macapagal Arroyo

In lowering criminal liability age, ‘Congress becoming a bully’ – lawmakers
Mara Cepeda January 21, 2019
Opposition lawmakers say the government should instead focus on addressing poverty and other issues that force children to be in conflict with the law

#ChildrenNotCriminals: Rights groups slam bill lowering age of criminal liability
Kurt Dela Peña January 21, 2019
Unicef Philippines says it is deeply concerned about the bill, describing it as 'an act of violence against children'

Sotto: Senate to prioritize bill lowering age of criminal liability
Camille Elemia January 21, 2019
Senate President Vicente Sotto III says majority of senators are in favor of it. The age, however, is up for debate.

5 opposition bets vs lowering of age of criminal liability
Camille Elemia and Lian Buan January 21, 2019
Senatorial candidates Chel Diokno, Bam Aquino, Gary Alejano, Florin Hilbay, and Erin Tañada oppose proposals to lower the minimum age of criminal responsibility

Arroyo supports lowering age of criminal liability to 9 years old
Michael Bueza January 19, 2019

The Commission on Human Rights reiterates it opposes the measure, saying crime syndicates and persons who exploit children should be the one punished instead

Children's rights pay the price for political gain
Marjohara Tucay January 19, 2019
'Pushing for a bill that no rational legislator will bother to even pay attention to... is tantamount to bartering the future of Filipino children for personal, political goals.'

55% of Filipinos reject lower age of criminal liability
May 05, 2017
Only 9% of Filipinos support lawmakers' bid to lower the age of criminal liability to 9 years old.

House leaders 'doing a Kellyanne Conway' on age of criminal liability
Jee Y. Geronimo February 16, 2017
'Many of the House leadership are doing the Kellyanne Conway approach: non-responsive, absurd, walang data, not resorting to hard evidence, 'yan ang status ngayon [ng bill],' says Akbayan Representative Tom Villarin.


Saving kids from drugs, criminality
November 10, 2017

Council for the Welfare of Children Executive Director Mitch Cajayon-Uy regarding the current state of Filipino children, as well as the council's campaign to save kids from criminality


The pink rooms where cops keep children accused of crimes
Feb 4, 2019

When children are caught by cops, there are special pink rooms in police stations ready to welcome them.
They are the Women and Children Protection desks. Found in every police station in the Philippines, they handle victims of crimes that victimize women and children.

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'Worse than prison': Abuses in Philippine youth homes
Agence France-Presse July 22, 2019 - with Video

Officially called "Houses of Hope", proponents in the Philippines say such facilities are places for reformation and education, but critics slam many of them as "hellholes" where children are treated like caged animals.
Eleven-year-old Jerry's crime was breaking curfew laws after fleeing violence at home. His punishment? Being sent to a youth detention center, where he says he endured sexual abuse

House hearing on minimum age of criminal liability
May 23, 2017 - with Video
The House of Representatives' subcommittee on correctional reforms conducts a hearing into lowering the minimum age of criminal liability and the discovery of the secret jail cell in Manila, where some people were discovered illegally detained.

House subpanel approves bill retaining 15 as criminal responsibility age
Mara Cepeda May 23, 2017 - with video
The measure proposes stiffer penalties for parents and syndicates using children to commit crimes, while focusing on the improved rehabilitation of children in conflict with the law

House subpanel to ditch proposal lowering criminal responsibility age
Mara Cepeda May 22, 2017
After months-long consultations, Representative Ron Salo says the subpanel on correctional reforms will instead propose amendments strengthening the existing Juvenile Justice Act of 2006

Congressmen want 9-year-old kids charged for crimes
Mara Cepeda July 06, 2016

Davao del Norte 1st district's Pantaleon Alvarez and Capiz 2nd district's Fredenil Castro file an accompanying bill seeking to restore the death penalty.

Congressmen are seeking to lower the age by which suspects can be criminally charged, while also proposing the restoration of the death penalty for heinous crimes.

'No conflict' between corporal punishment ban, lowering criminal liability age – lawmakers
Mara Cepeda February 27, 2017 - with Video
While a House panel approved a measure prohibiting the corporal punishment of children, another committee is expected to pass a measure lowering the criminal responsibility age for youth offenders

Congressmen seek compromise: 12 as age of criminal responsibility
Patty Pasion January 25, 2017
In a meeting between agency representatives and congressmen, it becomes apparent that most executive offices are against classifying offenders as young as 9 as criminals.

Children kept in adult prisons in Philippines

Crime in the Philippines

Part 1: Beyond juvenile delinquency: Why children break the law
Is there a future for children in conflict with the law? Out of youth centers, on the streets with no one else, they have nothing.

Part 2: When 'Houses of Hope' fail children in conflict with the law
With crowded, unsanitary, and unhealthy environments, some youth centers fail to rehabilitate and transform child offenders

Part 3 Children in conflict with the law: Cracks in Juvenile Justice Act
With calls to lower the age of criminal liability, social workers and pro-child groups say proper implementation of the law, not amendment, is needed

All 3 parts by Camille Elemia November 06, 7 and 13, 2016


Duterte's plan to lower the age of criminals
Dec 29, 2016
Philippine lawmakers are racing to pass a bill lowering the age of criminal liability from 15 to 9, in an effort to crack down on drug syndicates using teenagers to commit crimes and evade imprisonment.

Child advocates call on Duterte to prevent lowering criminal liability
Mar 4, 2017
The UNCHAIN Children and SALINLAHI groups protested the lowering of the age of criminal responsibility and called on President Rodrigo Duterte to stop this bill from being passed. Video by Noy Morcoso

Kids Behind Bars

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'Bunso: The Youngest' for Unicef & Consuelo Foundation

Edited in Manila, Philippines, this was a feature documentary playing at numerous international festivals.
CNN Kids Behind Bars

PREDA is a charitable organization founded since the year 1974 in Olongapo City, Philippines. Its main goal and purpose is to promote and protect the dignity and the Human Rights of the Filipino people especially of women and children.
Bahay Pag-Asa, kanlungan o kulungan?

The law requires the government to establish rehabilitation centers or “Bahay Pag-Asa” for children who have fallen victim to violence and abuse in order to provide protection for them. Feb 7, 2015

Child Labor & Videos of Child Labor - Etc.

General informations & Law - Codes & Rules - Etc.

Remark most of these videos are albums in the album "Child Labor - No time for play & education!"

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Republic Act 9231 or “The Anti Child Labor Law”
Trade union welcomes creation of anti-child labor council
September 28, 2019

President Rodrigo Duterte signs EO 92, which establishes the National Council Against Child Labor.
The Federation for Free Workers (FFW) welcomed the creation of the National Council Against Child Labor (NCACL) after President Rodrigo Duterte signed Executive Order No. 92 on September 17.

Pope: We are all responsible for the scourge of child labour
10 June 2020

Pope Francis appeals to the international community to protect the numerous boys and girls who are deprived of their childhood as they are forced into child labour


Child labor or just helping Family? What do you say?
Jan 2, 2018 by globalvideopro1.

I always carry my camera when I'm traveling around the Philippines so I'm prepared for anything that will entertain my GLOBAL viewers. The scenes in this video are shot at various locations to illustrate the situation....It's totally unbiased and shot as a mini documentary



Dokumentaryo ni Mariz Umali June 1, 2019

In Navotas, the lives of most residents are bound by the sea.
Every day at 5 am, thirteen-year-old Reymark sails on a makeshift raft called “kawag-kawag”. The raft, made from sheets of styrofoam, is unsafe especially on rough seas. Reymark almost lost his life once when his kawag-kawag capsized.
Using small pieces of plywood, Reymark paddles a distance of more than a kilometer towards big fishing vessels they call “pangulong.” He helps clean and pull fish nets for an average of four hours. As payment, Reymark gets to collect leftover fish that got stuck in fishing nets. But he only gets to bring home half while the other half, he gives to the “kawag-kawag” owner.
The hard work Reymark endures every day is all for lola Remedios. His parents left him right after he was born. Since then, it was Reymark’s grandmother who looked after him. To repay his lola's love, Reymark works to provide for their daily needs.
A story of a boy's immeasurable love for her lola.

In the picture
Child labor on sugar cane plantations

Photography: Jennifer de Boer/Terre des Hommes Netherlands


'Bundok na Kristal,' a documentary by Kara David
Aug 30, 2017

Kara David visited a recycling plant located in Central Luzon where she met Joselito and Melay, children who break glass bottles with their mother whom introduced them to this kind of living. In order to get enough money to suffice their basic needs, one must be able to have at least one ton of shattered bottles that similarly visualizes a mountain of crystals.

Remark this is an album in the album Live by Garbage, Garbage Dump, Wastes, Sanitary Landfills, Etc.

Gov't, ILO vow to free 1 million kids from child labor
Patty Pasion January 12, 2017
Their campaign #1MBatangMalaya aims to help achieve the Sustainable Development Goal to eliminate child labor by 2025
The Philippine Statistics Authority (PSA) estimates that there are around 2.1 million Filipino children exposed to hazardous labor, which includes mining.
Children of the mines
Mark Z. Saludes August 23, 2015

An 11-year-old boy has to work hard just to earn a hundred pesos while the rest of our congressmen are wasting money on substandard infrastructure projects

He started working in a mining site when he was 5 years old.
Now every day, Alex (not his real name) has to ride a boat to reach the center of a small river, the site of an underwater mining pit that has become his playground for years.
The 11-year-old boy works from 8 in the morning to 4 in the afternoon with his mother.

Groups urge to legalize small-scale mining to stop child labor
Patty Pasion January 15, 2017

Out of 350,000 workers in small-scale gold mining, 18,000 are women and children.

Child Labor in the Philippines
Study: At least 1 in 5 PH households tolerates child labor
Buena Bernal Jan 28, 2015

Worse, child labor, especially in plantations and mines, provides no means by which the children and their families may escape the vicious cycle of generational poverty, the study says.

In tears, 14-year-old Jeraldine Macapar Aboy asks why indigenous children like her have become child laborers.

UNICEF Philippines

Children Poverty and Disparities

Child Labor in the Philippines Child Labor in the Philippines

Rosario del Rosario and Melinda Bonga

A Study of Child Labor in the Philippines

10 good practices to address child labor in agriculture
Mara Cepeda Jun 19, 2015
A new guide released by the Food and Agriculture Organization aims to help in reducing the number of child workers.
Child labor seen in 13 PH goods
Buena Bernal Dec 10, 2014

13 Filipino goods believed to be produced through child labor including bananas, coconuts, corn, fashion accessories, fish, gold, hogs, pornography, pyrotechnics, rice, rubber, sugarcane, and tobacco.

'Who picked the cotton for the shirt on your back? Who cut the cane for the sugar in your coffee? Who fired the kiln to make the bricks in your fireplace?'

National Plan The Filipino Child of the Millennium

National Plan of Action for Children

Pro & Cons - Child labour

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Child laborers higit 2 milyong (RA9231)
Jan 24, 2017

Nananatiling mataas ang kaso ng child labor sa Pilipinas. Katunayan, mahigit 2 milyong bata ang lantad sa mapanganib na uri ng trabaho, gaya ng minahan, deep sea fishing, at maging sa prostitusyon.


Underwater Sand Miners - Ilang kabataan, sumisisid sa Davao River para magmina ng buhangin
Underwater Sand Miners - Batang nagmimina ng buhangin, gustong bumalik sa pag-aaral

GMA Public Affairs Apr 24, 2019
Araw-araw na sumisisid ang magpinsang sina Ramed, 12-anyos, at Samir, 16-anyos sa Davao River para magmina ng buhangin. Ang kanilang kuwento, panoorin sa video.

Along the murky waters of Davao River, children dive every day to mine black sand. One of these young men is “Ramed, a 12-year old boy, who belongs to the Kagan tribe of Davao del Sur. He dives with Ramed, his 16-year old cousin, to fill up a flat metal boat that they rent with sand that they mine from the bottom of the riverbed. The water is deep and dirty, the sand very heavy when went, and the bottom of the river dangerous to navigate because it has almost zero visibility. Yet, everyday they come here to mine the sand for local and foreign buyers. Jay-R hopes to be able save up enough to go back to school in the next school year.


Isang Paa sa Hukay (The Price of Gold)
Sep 27, 2017
Studies have shown that the Philippines possesses one of the largest gold deposits in the world. An estimated 200,000 to 300,000 miners risk their lives working in small-scale mines all over the archipelago.

An estimated 18,000 of them are minors. And this is their story.


Child Labor Facts


The burden of gold

Child labour in small-scale mines and quarries

CUMAOS, For as long as Aiza can remember, her day began earlier than most as she, her sister, and their mother worked to eke out a meagre living at the gold mines in Cumaos. Aiza learned the practice from her mother, and now her six year old sister is learning from her. When her mother fell ill last year, Aiza had to quit school and work full time to support the family and pay for her mother's medical bills. She is just one of almost 18,000 children who work in the small-scale mining and quarrying sector in the Philippines.


Jun 17, 2013


Children Of The Dirty Gold

An investigation into the use of child labour in dangerous Philippine underwater gold mines. Jul 24, 2015


Kids Risk Death Diving for Gold
Manila, September 30, 2015, The government is failing to protect children who dig and dive for gold in dangerous small-scale mines, Human Rights Watch said today in a new report and video, released ahead of Children’s Month in the Philippines.

Int'l group slams PH gov't failure to stop child labor in mines
Buena Bernal Updated October 01, 2015

While the Philippine benefits from small-scale mining in the provinces, HRW says the industry must be rid of any and all elements that force children to live adult lives.
HRW found that both underground mines and underwater or compressor mines put the children at risk of injuries from mine collapse and drowning, respectively.
In compressor mining, some adolescent boys are made to stay underwater for several hours at a time in 10-meter-deep shafts.



150 kids in dangerous mining work in Compostela Valley


Rekindled Dreams

ILO Programme on the Elimination of Child Labour - IPEC - Philippine


PASAN, Pa Saan? - MDG Documentary Film

Each child wants to pursue his dreams 'Pasan' is a documentary exposes the mounting rate of child labor in steep mountains of Wawa Montalban, Philippines


Child Labor

many children now in the Philippines were force to work even they can't because of POVERTY... they want to help their parent so that they can go to school. other reason was to survive in everyday living..


 Child Labour Intervention in the Sugar Industry of the Philippines

This video examines the issue of child labour in the Filipino sugar industry and what is being done to address it.


'Uuwi na si Udong'
Aug 30, 2017

In spite of prioritizing studies and playing with children the same as his age, 10-year old Udong joins his father and the other laborers to harvest sugar cane. According to him, he helps out his father to harvest in order to pay their debts and make a living out of these. He is one among the many minors that work at a young age for hours to raise money for their families apart from paying loans.


No Time for Play - Child labour


Batang Kalabaw
Aug 30, 2017

Agusan del Sur is one of the well-known provinces in terms of illegal logging, and instead of hiring older men to help cut trees, a group of children join loggers to make a living out of carrying a heavy load of wood from the mountain top

Garbage children

Young girl scavenges junk to help father

8 year old: Junk shop boy


Live by Garbage, Garbage Dump, Wastes, Sanitary Landfills, Etc.

Child soldiers in the PHILIPPINES

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The UN Special Representative for Children and Armed Conflict believes that three groups remain liable for children in war zones: The Abu Sayyaf Group, ASG, the New People’s Army, NPA, and the Moro Islamic Liberation Front, MILF. To this list, we would also add the Communist Party of the Philippines, CPP -NPA and “pangayao” tribal wars. Though it is not Project: AK-47’s intent to place blame in the existing fray, we do want you to be aware of the current reality.

Bato dela Rosa to CHR: Ask NPAs to release minors since 'mas close kayo'
Jodesz Gavilan September 09, 2019
Senator Bato dela Rosa says the Commission on Human Rights will be offering 'something new' by helping end the alleged recruitment by the NPA of minor.
Senator Ronald dela Rosa, the "face" of President Rodrigo Duterte's drug war, wants help from the Commission on Human Rights.
On Monday, September 9, the former Philippine National Police (PNP) chief sought the commission’s assistance to end the communist insurgency, urging the CHR to ask the New People’s Army (NPA) to “release” minors they allegedly recruited.

Lorenzana slams communists' recruitment of minors
JC Gotinga August 08, 2019
The defense chief hits the communist rebellion for allegedly luring students into joining groups that incite them to fight the government

The Video: 513 minor rebels ‘neutralized’ in last 2 decades Aug 7, 2019
For the past two decades, the military has recorded more than 500 minor students turned communist rebels, who were either arrested, surrendered or killed.

Children and Armed Conflict
Maute child warriors are fiercest fighters, says former hostage
Carmela Fonbuena September 26, 2017 - with Video

Former Maute hostage Lordvin Acopio says it was obvious the children have been brainwashed to join the local terror groups linked with the international terrorist network Islamic State.

The child combatants of the Maute Group were as young as 10 years old and they were the fiercest among the fighters, he saw up to 17 child warriors inside the battle area while he was still held captive by the terror group.

The life of a Maute hostage in Marawi

I met a former Maute soldier. He’s a child.
Carmela Fonbuena June 14, 2017 - with video
Rappler talks to a former Maute Group child soldier. Cayamora and Farhana Maute promise his parents he will study Koran, but they turn him into a fighter instead.

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Children as combatants in the Philippines
Reuben James Barrete June 27, 2017
To stop the recruitment of children, the Philippine government must recognize the need to institutionalize counter-radicalization programs.

Children and Youth in Organised Armed Violence: Contextualisation, Personal Histories and Policy Options

Agnes Zenaida V. Camacho, Marco P. Puzon and Yasmin Patrice Ortiga

Children in Armed Conflict
A book based on an Initiative of Human Security Network and the United Nations Special representative of Secretary-General for Children and Armed conflict
Protocol to the Convention on the Rights of the Child on the Involvement of Children in Armed Conflict

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Alternative Report

Implementation of the Optional Protocol to the Convention on the Rights of the Child on the Involvement of Children in Armed Conflict, OP-CRC-AC

Prepared by the Philippine Coalition to Protect Children Involved in Armed Conflict, Protect CIAC and the Southeast Asia Coalition to Stop the Use of Child Soldiers, SEASUCS

The Coalition to Stop the Use of Child Soldiers

works to prevent the recruitment and use of children as soldiers, to secure their demobilisation and to ensure their rehabilitation and reintegration into society.

Child Soldier Relief

an organization designated to advocate on behalf of child soldiers by serving as a central repository of information on all topics relating to the topic of child soldiers.

Child soldiers in spotlight as Mindanao battle rages

UN report on child soldiers

Child Soldiers Global Report 2008

Child soldiers

Girl Child Soldiers

The Other Face of Sexual Exploitation and Gender Violence

The Voices of Girl Child Soldiers

Yvonne E. Keairns, PhD

Liberating Child Soldiers
Caught in Crossfire Caught in Crossfire: Child Soldiers
by/Merliza Makinano
Moro Islamic Liberation Front, MILF Still Uses Child Soldiers

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UN official meets with MILF brass on child soldiers

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Child Soldiers In The Philippines
Oct 30, 2013
Moves to end use of child soldiers, but problem persists.


MILF Child soldiers

Moro Islamic Liberation Front, MILF Still Uses Child Soldiers


Child Soldiers hired by BIFF-MILF

The Bangsamoro Islamic Freedom Fighters BIFF - a splinter group of the Muslim separatist Moro Islamic Liberation or MILF - was recently filmed here, in a video submitted to Children of War. Shot in their base in Mindanao, this video is alarming because of the vision of child soldiers, some look as young as 10 years old, carrying AK47s, armalite rifles. We are calling on the government, child advocacy groups, and the Filipinos to condemn BIFF in using child soldiers. Let everybody pressure Umbra Kato's group into demobilizing these innocent kids!


CPP/NPA/NDF - Child soldiers

New people's army extreme child exploitation in the Philippines. The CPP/NPA/NDF has been recruiting minors as combatants since 1980's this was proven when many child wariors surrendered to the Government.


Batang Hit-man - Child soldiers

Informations - Help to locate missing persons - children

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Philippines Missing Persons
Missing Filipinos Missing Filipinos: Adult and - or Children
Please send mail, because we miss such ones

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"A Balikbayan family"

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