This month, the government, through the Department of Social Welfare and Development, is calling once more the attention of the public on how best to protect the rights of Filipino children.
In the second year running, the coronavirus disease 2019 or COVID-19 pandemic has undoubtedly affected children as much as it has the adult population.
We join the DSWD in seeking to address the needs of children and how they can be protected further as the 2021 National Children’s Month is celebrated in November.
In a statement, the DSWD is giving focus on the difficulties experienced by children in the new normal setting and addressing concerns on their rights to survival, development, protection, and participation.
“The celebration will continue with the gains of the previous NCM celebrations, anchored on the 3rd National Plan of Action for Children goals to progressively realize the rights of children,” the agency said.
DSWD has partnered with the Council for the Welfare of Children, the National Youth Commission, and other government agencies and organizations to celebrate the event.
The NCM, under Republic Act 10661, is an annual celebration that marks the significance of the adoption of the Convention on the Rights of the Child by the United Nations General Assembly on Nov. 20, 1989.
This aims to strengthen the call for public awareness and support in protecting and promoting the rights of children,
The month-long activity – all activities are held virtually, particularly on the Facebook page of CWC (www.facebook.com/CWCgovph/) and crossposted at DSWD Facebook page at http://www.facebook.com/dswdserves/, highlights the theme, “New Normal na Walang Iwanan: Karapatan ng Bawat Bata Ating Tutukan (No One is Left Behind under the New Normal: Focus on Children’s Rights).”
The celebration kicked off last week with Talakayang Makabata (Discussions on Children): The Virtual Press Conference on Tuesday to discuss issues concerning children’s rights during the pandemic, attended by representatives from the DSWD, CWC, NYC, and other concerned agencies.
On all Saturdays of November, learning sessions with children will also be conducted by the CWC and Consuelo Foundation, which works on the prevention and treatment of abuse, neglect, and exploitation of children, women, and their families.
On November 26, there will be culminating activities and awarding of winners of the NCM logo-making contest.
In line with children’s protection, the DSWD, as chair of the Inter-Agency Council Against Child Pornography, is also emphasizing the need to address online sexual abuse and exploitation of children, especially during the pandemic wherein children are not allowed to go out of their homes.
Concerned citizens are encouraged to remain alert and report to the authorities all forms of abuses against children through the Recovery and Reintegration Program for Trafficked Persons (RRPTP) Hotline (02) 8931-9141 or send text message Text DSWD blockchildporn URL address and send to 2327 or Text blockchildporn URL address and send to 0918-9122813.
We are confident the DSWD remains committed to protecting and upholding the rights of children by continuously establishing stronger and more unified platforms to address policy gaps and programs necessary in creating a safe and friendly environment for the full participation and realization of children’s rights around the country. (ai/mtvn)