28 December 2016
Launch of the National Baseline Study on Violence Against Children
The results of the first ever National Baseline Study on Violence Against Children (NBS-VAC) in the Philippines was officially launched on 06 December 2016 in Manila Hotel led by the Council for the Welfare of Children (CWC) and United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF) with their partners from government agencies and non-government organizations.
Photo caption: (L-R) CWC Director Patricia Luna , Christian Saludar (Child Representative), UNICEF Philippines Representative Lotta Sylwander, DSWD Secretary Judy Taguiwalo, Child Protection Network Director Dr. Bernadette Madrid and Professor Laurie Ramiro of UP Manila. Retrieved from INQUIRER.net.
The Government of the Philippines through the CWC in collaboration with UNICEF, Department of Health, University of the Philippines Manila and Consuelo Alger Zobel Foundation conducted a nationwide study among 3,866 children and youth aged 13-24 years old that provides information on the prevalence and various forms of violence against children in the country.
The study revealed that:
- 80% of children and youth experienced some form of violence in their lifetime, whether in the home, school, workplace or community, with boys at 81.5% and girls, 78.4%.
- 1 in 3 children experiences physical violence, with more than half of this happening at home
- Most common cases of violence at home are corporal punishment committed by parents and siblings
- 3 in 5 children experience psychological violence; in the form of verbal abuse, threats or neglect
- 1 in 5 children below age 18 have experienced sexual violence while growing up
- Common perpetrators of sexual violence are brothers or cousins. Among males who experienced sexual violence, frequent perpetrators are cousins, fathers and brothers.
- Nearly half of children experience violence online, whether sexual violence or cyber-bullying
Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) Secretary and CWC Chairperson Judy Taguiwalo urged the community to report cases of violence against children and the government to use the results of the research as “the data will be significantly useful if translated into action,” she said.
CWC Executive Director Patricia B. Luna on the other hand highlighted the crafting of a multi-sectoral Philippine National Plan of Action on VAC (NPA-VAC), as a response to the results of the study. The plan will integrate the VAC results into the 3rd National Plan of Action for Children (NPAC) from 2017-2022. Moreover, Director Luna enjoined everyone present - the government agencies, NGOs, faith-based organizations, academe, civil society, media and the children and youth to participate and support the campaign to end VAC in the Philippines.
The NPA-VAC as presented by DSWD Undersecretary Mae Fe Ancheta-Templa, will address the cause of violence in the Philippines as it will converge the commitment of government and other stakeholders.
The formal launch mainly featured the multi-sectoral Declaration of Commitment to End Violence Against Children in the Philippines, from the officials and representatives of government agencies, NGOs, UN organization, academe, faith-based organization and by children themselves.
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