The Margin of the Margins: The girl-and boy-child workers in the fisheries of San Miguel Bay, Province of Camarines Norte, Philippines Public Deposited

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  • In the Philippines as elsewhere in Asia, working children in the fisheries sector is pervasive yet tends to be invisible. Their exclusion in the fisheries development equation is perpetrated by public ignorance and apathy. Aimed at increasing public awareness and understanding of this phenomenon, this study on the girl- and boy-child workers in 25 coastal villages in the Province of Camarines Norte was conducted. Using systematic random sampling design, a 58% incidence of child workers was reported. On average, there were 1.80 working children per household in the area. They were found mostly in capture fishing, fish processing, seaweed farming and vending activities. Gender division of labor is seen in the high concentration of boy-child laborers in capture fishing, and of girls in fish processing and household chores. Their earnings account for 11% of the household income. Among others, poverty triggers their decision to jeopardize or even forfeit their education by engaging in economic work. Undaunted by the risks, hazards and hard labor, they continued to choose to work to help the family. Still, despite the economic benefits of work, they expressed a desire to pursue their studies. The paper claimed that for fisheries development initiatives to have significant impacts, it must listen to the voice of the child workers.
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  • Lim, Cristina, Jon Michael Villaseñor. 2004. The Margin of the Margins: The girl-and boy-child workers in the fisheries of San Miguel Bay, Province of Camarines Norte, Philippines. Peer Review: No. In: Proceedings of the Twelfth Biennial Conference of the International Institute of Fisheries Economics & Trade, July 20-30, 2004, Tokyo, Japan: What are Responsible Fisheries? Compiled by Ann L. Shriver. International Institute of Fisheries Economics & Trade, Corvallis, Oregon, USA, 2004. CD ROM. ISBN 0-9763432-0-7
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