About 60 percent of the nearly 5 million economically active children in the Philippines are exposed to hazardous working conditions. The government of the Philippines aims to reduce this number by 75 percent by 2015.
To support this endeavor, ChildFund joined with other partners in a four-year project, called the ABK 2 Initiative, to reduce the incidence of child labor in the Philippines by improving the quality, relevance and accessibility of educational services. It also raises people’s awareness on the risks and losses of human potential caused by the worst forms of child labor, including sugarcane farming, child domestic work, commercial sexual exploitation, pyrotechnics, mining and quarrying, deep-sea fishing and scavenging. Funded by the U.S. Department of Labor, the ABK 2 Initiative aims to withdraw and prevent 30,000 children from engaging in these activities by 2011.