What red card to child labor means
MANILA -- The Philippines is joining the "Red Card to Child Labour" global campaign.
The red card is used in several sports to indicate a serious offense.
In this case, the offense is forcing children to work instead of allowing them to play.
The red card campaign was announced at the closing of the third Global Child Labor Conference in Brasilia last week.
Hollywood stars and athletes from around the world have already signed up for it.
In an interview with ANC's "Dateline Philippines" on Saturday, Lawrence Jeff Johnson, director of the International Labour Organization (ILO) in Manila, said there has been a reduction in the cases of child labor globally.
The number is now down to 168 million, he said.
However, Johnson said a lot of work still needs to be done.
"We know for a fact that once every minute, a child laborer is being injured on the job," he said.
"It's not just up to the government to address child labor. Every one of us has a role to play. In the goods we buy, services we buy, are we ensuring that parents of these child laborers have access to decent work?" Johnson said. -- With ANC