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Philippines to curb worst forms of child labour

April 08, 2011
"We hope to rescue children from the worst forms of child labour."
- Labour Undersecretary Lourdes Trasmonte

The Philippines has vowed to crackdown on the worst forms of child labour under a new programme for its estimated 2.4 million underage workers.

The scheme aims to halve the number of children working in dangerous areas such as the sex trade, mining, as child soldiers or in factories making home-made firecrackers by 2016, Labour Undersecretary Lourdes Trasmonte said.

"We hope to rescue children from the worst forms of child labour." Trasmonte told a news conference. "It's a do-able plan."

To gauge the scale of the problem, Manila and the International Labour Organisation (ILO) will count all child workers in the Philippines and sort them by profession.

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