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Republic Act No. 76581)

An Act prohibiting the employment of children below 15 years of age in public and private undertaking, amending for this purpose Section 12, Article VIII of Republic Act 7610

  • Employment of Children. - Children below fifteen (15) years of age shall not be employed except s12. 
  1. When a child works directly under the sole responsibility of his parents or legal guardian and where only members of the employer's family are employed: Provided, however, That his employment neither endangers his life, safety, health and morals, nor impairs his normal development; Provided, further, That the parent or legal
  2. guardian shall provide the said minor child with the prescribed primary and/or secondary education; or 
  3. Where a child's employment or participation in public entertainment or information through cinema, theater, radio or television is essential: Provided, The
  4. employment contract is concluded by the child's parents or legal guardian, with the express agreement of the child concerned, if possible, and the approval of the Department of Labor and Employment: and Provided, That the following requirements in all instances are strictly complied with: 
    • The employer shall ensure the protection, health, safety, morals and normal development of the child;
    • The employer shall institute measures to prevent the child's exploitation or discrimination taking into account the system and level of remuneration, and the durationand arrangement of working time; and
    • The employer shall formulate and implement, subject to the approval andsupervision of competent authorities, a continuing program for training and skillsacquisition of the requirements.


 1) Republic Act No. 7658, Philippines Commission on Women,

Special Protection of Children Against Child Abuse, Exploitation and Discrimination Act (Republic Act No. 7610)1)

The Act providing for stronger deterrence and special protection against child abuse, exploitation and discrimination, and for other purposes. The provisions of the Act includes: 

  • Child prostitution and other sexual abuse for money, profit, or any other consideration 
  • Child trafficking (The penalty shall be imposed in its maximum period when the victim is under 12 years of age) 
  • Sanctions for establishments or enterprises which promote, facilitate, or conduct activities constituting child prostitution and other sexual abuse, child trafficking, obscene publications and indecent shows, and other acts of abuse 
  • Employment of children below 15 years of age 

1) LawPhil, Philippines laws and jurisprudence databank,
Anti-Trafficking in Person Act of 2003 (Republic Act No. 9208)

An Act to institute policies to eliminate trafficking in persons especially women and children, establishing the necessary institutional mechanisms for the protection and support of trafficked persons, providing penalties for its violations, and for other. The Act provides provision of unlawful activities related to human trafficking:

  • Acts of trafficking in persons for the purpose of prostitution, pornography, sexual exploitation, forced labor, slavery, involuntary servitude or debt bondage.  
  • Acts that promotes trafficking in persons
Mail-Order Bride Law (Republic Act No. 6955) Wikipedia, Philippine Republic Act 69551)

An Act to declare unlawful the practice of matching Filipino women for marriage to foreign nationals on a mail order basis and other similar practices, including the advertisement, publication, printing or distribution of brochures, fliers and other propaganda materials in furtherance thereof and providing penalty. 


1) Wikipedia, Philippine Republic Act 6955 
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