By Gillian M. Cortez
UNICEF, along with the Council for the Welfare of Children (CWC) and other local organizations and government agencies, has officially launched the Philippine Plan of Action to End Violence Against Children (PPAEVAC) that will help manage the issue of child violence in the country.
“Children are one of the most marginalized sectors in the country,” said Mary Mitzi L. Cajayon-Uy, executive director of the CWC.
CWC based the PPAEVAC on a 2015 National Baseline Study on Violence Against Children. The study shows that three in five Filipino children experienced physical violence and that same figure also applies to children who have experienced psychological abuse. On the other hand, one in five children are victims of sexual abuse of any kind.
UNICEF and CWC have partnered with the following local organizations and agencies to help in the PPAEVAC: Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD), Department of Education (DepEd), Department of Justice (DOJ), Department of Health (DOH), and Department of Interior and Local Government (DILG).
The DSWD will put up a Parenting Program to help parents practice positive discipline towards their children. DepEd, on the other hand, will educate children in learning self-protection skills on how to manage abuse. The DOJ, along with DSWD, will strengthen their services to children who are victims of violence. DILG will implement systems that will reduce child violence in each local government.
Present in the launching was First District of Davao representative Karlo B. Nograles, who said “Congress will support a P2.4 million budget for the national implementation as well as P2.8 million for the localization of the PPAEVAC.”
Senator Loren B. Legarda said in a statement by a representative that, “As Chair of Committee on Finance in the Senate, I will support additional funding in the 2019 National Budget.”