According to the institution, there is a large number of Indigenous people who have traveled to agricultural areas between Panama and Costa Rica to participate in the coffee harvest.
Personnel of the Ministry of Labor and Labor Development (MITRADEL), together with the National Secretary for Children, Adolescents and Family (SENNIAF), National Border Service (Senafront) and Casa Esperanza, They conducted a child labor prevention and care tour in 3 coffee farms in the Miraflores sector in the Renacimiento district in the province of Chiriquí, detecting minors working.
The staff located 6 minors, aged between 8 and 16 years, who were in tasks of collecting the coffee bean, for which inspectors and officials of the Address for the Eeradication of Child Labor and Protection of the Adolescent Worker (DIRETIPAT), they asked the parents to remove them from the area.
In the same way, the parents of these minors, as well as those in charge of these farms, were oriented about the risk and danger of having children and adolescents carrying out activities of this type.
Hermenegildo Baker, director of MITRADEL in Chiriquí, said that the sanctions established by Law 59 of September 2017 will be applied for those companies that fail to comply with the norm and insist on having minors performing tasks that are not allowed for their age.
Baker, emphasized that Panama maintains its State commitment to be a country free of child labor, for which he urged the coffee sector to work together with MITRADEL and other organizations to advance in this goal.
Convention 182 ratified in 2000 by the International Labor Organization (ILO) prohibits the hiring of minors in areas of agricultural areas, for which MITRADEL continues to develop prevention monitoring throughout the country in order to verify and guide around the fulfillment of the same.
According to the institution, there is a large number of Indigenous people who They have moved to agricultural areas between Panama and Costa Rica to participate in the coffee harvest.