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Artists rock against child labour to mark Philippines Independence Day

12 June 2015 at the Rizal Park Open Auditorium in Manila, Phillipines

Artists and rock bands in the Philippines will stage a free concert against child labour to mark the 117th Philippine Independence Day and the World Day Against Child Labour  on 12 June. 

The concert, featuring The Dawn, Noel Cabangon, Ebe Dancel, Dicta License, Brass Pas Pas Pas, Kai Honasan, Maya’s Anklet and Reklamo, will call for freedom from child labour.

“Child labour is wrong. It doesn't give children the opportunity to enjoy their childhood. It's also one of the reasons why they don't finish their education. It's really an alarming thing to just be complacent about,” said Francis de Veyra, musical director and bassist for Radioactive Sago Project, Brass Pas Pas Pas and Bignay Sound System.

In the Philippines, there are 2.1 million child labourers aged 5-17 years old, mostly in hazardous work (95 per cent) according to the Philippine Statistics Authority. Children work on farms and plantations, in dangerous mines, in streets, in factories, and in private homes as child domestic workers. Agriculture remains to be the sector where most child labourers can be found at 58 per cent.

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