DOLE issues advisory on hiring talents below 15 years old during quarantine period

Published June 28, 2020, 12:00 AM

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By Leslie Ann Aquino

A child below 15 years of age may be allowed to participate in public entertainment or information during the community quarantine period, provided that the child’s performance of the assigned task, such as photoshoot or audio-video recording, shall be done in the child’s home. This is according to Labor Advisory No. 23-2020, issued by the Department of Labor and Employment (DOLE).

It added that it should also be done under the supervision of the child’s adult family members.

The Labor department said representatives of the employer or production staff may be allowed to go to the child’s residence, when necessary, to assist the child in performing the assigned task.

In case the employer will provide the child with costumes, props, or materials needed in the work, the DOLE said, the child’s parents or guardian shall ensure that these are thoroughly disinfected before handing over to the child.

The DOLE, however, reminded employers to secure a permit from the department prior to engaging a child for work.

“In addition to the application form and documentary requirements, the employer shall likewise submit a letter indicating compliance with this advisory and with the provisions of Republic Act No. 9321 and its Implementing Rules and Regulations,” read the advisory.

The department also said that their regional offices may issue internal guidelines on the manner of accepting applications and release of working child permit.

“They may use their existing online system or may accept applications via email,” the advisory read.