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The National Statistics Office (NSO) in cooperation with the International Labour Organization-International Programme for the Elimination of Child Labor (ILO-IPEC) is set to present today, 10 October 2001, 8:30 AM, the highlights of the final results of the 2001 Survey on Children (SOC). It will be held at the Manansala Function Rooms A and B of Manila Galleria Suites, Ortigas Center, Pasig City. The national data dissemination activity is line with this year's celebrations of two significant events - the National Children's Month and the 13th National Statistics Month.

Deputy Director General Augusto B. Santos of the National Economic and Development Authority is the keynote speaker. NSO OIC-Deputy Administrator and Director, Household Statistics Department Paula Monina G. Collado will present the characteristics of working children based on the 2001 SOC. A presentation on Children at Risk will be done by Josie Perez, Division Chief, Income and Employment Statistics Division, NSO. To present the policy implications of the results of the SOC are Director Chita G. Cilindro, Bureau of Women and Young Workers and ILO-IPEC Coordinator Concepcion E. Sardaña. Likewise, the academe will also give its views on the survey through its representative Dr. Winfred M. Villamil, Director, De La Salle University.

Officials and representatives from the various concerned government agencies, the private sector, non-governmental organizations and the media will attend the activity. Administrator Carmelita N. Ericta will lead NSO senior officials and selected technical staff while the ILO delegation will be led by Ms. Sardaña.

The 2001 SOC is a survey that gathered nationwide data on working children in the Philippines including the economic status of the household to which they belong. Among the specific data obtained by the survey are the activities of children aged 5-17 years old, whether working, studying, housekeeping, or looking for work; and their individual characteristics such as age, sex, and highest grade/education completed. Information on the working children's conditions such occupation, industry, status of employment, working hours is also included in the SOC data. These data sets are useful tools for research on child labor and for monitoring the policies, regulations and programs for the elimination of the same.

Prior to the 2001 SOC, a National Survey on Working Children (NSWC) was held in July 1995 through personal interviews. It was undertaken as part of ILO-IPEC Action Program entitled "Reporting the State of the Nation's Working Children: a Statistical Program for Advocacy on the Elimination of Child Labor and the Protection of Working Children in the Philippines." The 1995 survey was conducted in cooperation with the Department of Labor and Employment through its statistical arm, the Bureau of Labor and Employment Statistics (BLES). The result of the survey serves as benchmark information on the activities of all children aged 5-17 needed for national development planning and labor law enforcement monitoring.

Unlike the July 1995 survey, the October 2001 SOC used the new Philippine Standard Occupation Classification (PSOC) and the Philippine Standard Industrial Classification (PSIC) in coding the reported occupation and industry of the working children. These data are now available on compact discs.#



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