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Agriculture is one of the major economic drivers in the Philippines. It plays a vital role in the country’s economic development, contributing to about 8.9 percent of its Gross Domestic Product (GDP) in the last quarter of 2018. Agriculture in the country is characterized as labor intensive for both small-scale and multinational owned farms, making it a dominant source of employment in rural areas of the country. Historically, children, both girls and boys, have been and continued to be part of the agricultural workforce worldwide. Among the important factors that push children to work are: family poverty, lack of accessible and quality education, lack of employment