A child carrying building materials © 123RF
A child carrying building materials © 123RF

Philippines scheme offers 'glimmer of hope' in fight against child labour

25 April 2016

A financial scheme to support families in the Philippines is cutting the amount of time children spend working.

The country’s conditional cash transfer (CCT) programme, called Pantawid Pamilya, gives cash benefits to the poorest people in a community to improve the health, nutrition and the education of children.

Getting funds is conditional on people attending family development sessions, which give advice on effective parenting and promote the value of sending children to school rather than work.

CCT programmes operate in a number of countries and a meeting of scheme organisers took place in Makati City. Corazon Juliano-Soliman, secretary of the Filipino Department of Social Welfare and Development, said an impact evaluation of Pantawid Pamilya showed it was helping to reach the goal of eliminating child labour.

“The results of the impact evaluation also gave us a glimmer of hope, since it showed that Pantawid Pamilya children, 10-14 years old, work seven days less in a month compared to non-Pantawid Pamilya children,” she said.

Juliano-Soliman said the programme’s cash grants were not enough to prevent child labour but they reduced the time children spent working.

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