Our national hero, Dr. Jose Rizal, said so himself, “The youth is the future of our nation.” This is why often we expect the young ones to be in school, learning all the knowledge that they can acquire. At the same time, we expect them to milk their youth for all its worth as it only comes once in a lifetime. On Facebook, however, a netizen posted a video of a 7-year-old girl selling paminta and other products on the streets.

The concerned netizen named Joepring Galicia Sales had a slight conversation with the little girl to get to know her more. He asked her where she lives, where her parents were, and why she sells was selling goods given her age.

In the video, the 7-year-old girl appeared to be selling paminta in front of a sari-sari store. This is also where Joe saw her while he was having his coffee.

During their conversation, Joe found out that she is a third-grade student. He also asked her about her parents. Then, she revealed that her mother was at home doing laundry while her father was at work. Joe was heartbroken seeing a little girl working as young as she was.

Joe also asked the little girl to show all of her products so that it could be part of the video for people to see. Two other women, who seemed to be Joe’s relatives, also saw the girl as they approached the store.

They told the little girl that she shouldn’t be selling on the streets instead, she should be playing on them.

According to Republic Act No. 7658, children below the age of 15 should be prohibited in all public and private undertakings. Which means they are not legally allowed to enter into any public or private commitment including employment.

Due to tougher times, however, one cannot blame families if their children help to earn for their family. It is not ideal, but when times get rough, families are forced to deal with it to keep surviving. No parent would want their child to work at the age of 7, but in most cases, they don’t have much choice.

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