The 5th RIPESS (Reseau Intercontinental de Promotion de l’Economie Sociale Solidaire) International Meeting of Social Solidarity Economy (SSE) was conducted from October 15-18, 2013 at the University of the Philippines Diliman. The conference was attended by 700 participants from all over the world. Aside from Filipino delegates, the participants came from Africa, Asia, Europe, North America, Oceania and Latin America and the Caribbean.
Three studies were presented – (1) Local and Indigenous Knowledge on Disaster Risk Reduction in Small Island and Coastal Communities by Dr. Emmanuel M. Luna; (2) Review on Ketsana Rehabilitation Program by Prof. Lenore Polotan- Dela Cruz; and (3)Migration Situation in Six Barangays in Lemery, Batangas by Prof. Mary Lou L. Alcid.
Studies on child labor revealed alarming statistics. In 2011, 5.49 million or 19 percent of the total population of children aged five to 17 years old were actively working in various economic sectors. Of this figure, only 2.28 million children were engaged in permissible work, while the rest (3.21 million children) were considered child laborers.