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Child protection groups formed in ‘Sendong’ evacuation centers
December 30, 2011, GMAnetwork.com

  Social welfare officials in the areas hit by tropical storm “Sendong” (international name: Washi) in Region 10 have organized a Child Protection Working Group (CPWG) to help children who were abandoned or injured in the incident.

The Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) said the CPWG includes representatives of non-government organizations engaged in child welfare and protection.

Earlier on Tuesday, the United Nations Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs , in a situation report on the impact of “Sendong,” said “Around 87,500 children require registration and camp coordination to protect them from abuse, exploitation and trafficking in evacuation centers,” the said Tuesday in a situation report on the impact of Sendong.

“There is a lack of protection mechanisms for vulnerable sub-groups, such as pregnant and lactating women, female heads of households, single women, people with disabilities and the elderly,” the report said.

On its website on Friday,  the DSWD said, “Some 79 youth facilitators from participating non-government organizations will conduct counseling (for) the children.”

The DSWD reported that as of December 29, it has provided psycho-social protection services to children below five years old.

DSWD Secretary Corazon Soliman said the psycho-social protection services will help the children gradually share their fears, anxieties, negative emotions, and traumatic experiences.

The DSWD said two tents have also been installed at the evacuation centers in West City Central School, City Central School, Macasandig, and Bulua to serve as counseling areas.

The United Nations International Children’s Emergency Fund (UNICEF) also provided play kits for the children in evacuation centers.

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