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The first-ever Philippine Plan of Action to End Violence Against Children (PPAEVAC) was launched on Wednesday, May 09, 2018 at the Philippine International Convention Center, to urge the prevention and response to end violence against children (VAC) in the Philippines.


Photo caption: Unveiling of the PPAEVAC full- document by CWC Executive Director Mitch Cajayon-Uy, UNICEF Philippines OIC-Representative Julia Rees, Ms. Tara Maralit representing Senator Loren Legarda, Representative Karlo Nograles, Davao City Councilor Avegayle Maralza representing Mayor Sara Duterte-Carpio, child representatives Jasmine Lorenzo and Ezekiel Vergara, CHR Commissioner Leah Armamento, Assistant Secretary Cheryl Yangot of the DOJ, and representatives of DILG, DOH and 4Ps Parents.

Attended by over 350 key stakeholders from government agencies, non-government and civil society organizations, UN and international organizations, embassies, academe, faith-based organizations, local government units, parents and children, the event highlighted multi-sectoral commitment to end violence against children.

As a take-off from the 2015 Philippine National Baseline Study on VAC (NBS-VAC) which showed a high prevalence of VAC, the PPAEVAC is a product of the collective effort of government agencies, non-government partners, parents, and children, through the leadership of the Council for the Welfare of Children (CWC) and UNICEF.

 
Photo caption: 
ANAK Culiat Children’s Theatre Group takes the spotlight for their performance of the various forms of violence and its impact on the lives of children.

 

 

 

 

 

  

 

Photo caption: CWC Executive Director Mitch Cajayon-Uy on the significance of an inter-agency and multi-sectoral synergy in ending VAC in her keynote message.

“It may be an audacious plan and a challenging task, but we are confident that it is attainable with the significant policies, programs, human and financial resources, and child-protection structures among others,” she said.

 

 

 


"It is concerning that violence pervades on children, committed by people they trust. Violence also has a high economic cost to the country; the more strategically we prevent violence, government will be able to avert the expenses it will need in responding to VAC in the long-term. UNICEF will thus continue supporting the work laid out in the Plan of Action to address VAC in the Philippines,” said UNICEF Philippines OIC-Representative Julia Rees.

Senator Loren Legarda and District 1 Davao City Representative Karlo Nograles as Chairpersons of the Senate Committee on Finance and House Committee on Appropriations, respectively, and Davao City Mayor Sara Duterte-Carpio led the call for support from various sectors of Government to end violence against children at all levels.

Representative Karlo Nograles, stated in his speech that “the Congress will support a Php 2.4 million budget for its national implementation, as well as a Php 2.8 million for the localization of the PPAEVAC,” while Senator Loren Legarda conveyed the allocation of additional funding in the 2019 National Budget that will contribute to the elimination of VAC and online sexual abuse.

Moreover, key government agencies affirmed their commitment to support PPAEVAC’s implementation:

The Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD), through OIC Secretary Leyco, commits to spearhead evidence-based parenting and program on positive discipline. Further, Assistant Secretary Josephine Maribojoc manifested that the Department of Education (DepEd) has institutionalized personal safety lessons in basic education, developed a personal safety lessons teacher’s manual, and put together cybersafe manuals and further commits to expand and intensify these and other efforts, including capacity-building on Positive Discipline in Everyday Teaching, which will contribute to the various Key Result Areas of the PPAEVAC.

Assistant Secretary Cheryl Yangot of the Department of Justice (DOJ) reaffirmed that every child is a zone of peace which requires not only the absence of conflict and violence but also the presence of justice for every child.  DOJ commits to make sure that justice is available for all children, regardless of ethnicity, faith, social or economic class, or sexual orientation and take steps to align its policies and programs with the PPAEVAC.

Assistant Secretary Marjorie Jalosjos of the Department of the Interior and Local Government (DILG) also expressed that they will work on the effective mobilization of child protection systems at all levels together with CWC as the lead monitor of all laws and programs on children. Dr. Anthony Calibo, the representative of the Department of Health (DOH), on the other hand, said that they will strengthen the health system at all levels by engaging the entire health sector in delivering services and improve access to quality health interventions e.g. preventive, curative and rehabilitation for children particularly those in need of special protection.

Also recognized as significant stakeholders in the implementation of PPAEVAC, Commissioner Leah Armamento of the Commission of Human Rights, Maria Teresa Garcia of the Department of Information and Communication (DICT), National Council of Churches in the Philippines’ Ariel Siagan, 4Ps parents represented by Jeana Catacio and Analiza Natalio and child representatives Jasmine Lorenzo and Ezekiel Vergara also expressed their commitment of support.

Together with CWC and UNICEF, the PPAEVAC launch was a joint effort of the Commission on Human Rights, DepED, DILG, DOH, DOJ, DSWD, National Youth Commission and the National Council for Social Development, the Philippine Information Agency, and the Women and Children’s Protection Centre; NGO partners ChildFund, Child Protection Network, Consuelo Foundation, CRC Coalition, ECPAT, Parenting Foundation, Plan International, Save the Children, World Vision, and World Health Organization; and the UP-Manila National Institute of Health



Photo caption: Guests posting their respective pledge of       
commitment to end VAC which capped-off the launch         

 

 

 

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Celaine Cabrera
Public Affairs and Information Office
Tel. No.: 781-1039 loc. 1005

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