Filipino children’s rights to survival, development, special protection and participation remain unfulfilled despite ongoing initiatives by both government and civil society organizations. Hence, the imperative need to renew and intensify government and civil society commitment to implement the Convention on the Rights of the Child (CRC). The vision of a Child-Friendly Philippines – A Caring and Protective Society for Children (CFP-CPSC), as a translation of our commitment to the CRC, needs to be shared and promoted among all sectors and levels of Philippine society.
The CFP-CPSC expresses a new vision, a new norm, a new culture for viewing and treating children in Philippine society. Children are human beings with dignity and basic human rights. As vulnerable members of society, children need nurture, care and protection. The CFP-CPSC culture is directed to the nurture, care and protection of all Filipino children. The CFP-CPSC culture therefore provides an overall framework for all advocacy and programming initiatives for and on behalf of children in the Philippines. The CFP-CPSC culture has the following key elements.