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[From the web] Higher Risk of OSAEC During COVID-19 Quarantine -Save The Children

Higher Risk of OSAEC During COVID-19 Quarantine
SaferKidsPH promotes child online safety in support of the national COVID-19 response

SaferKidsPH, a consortium of Save the Children Philippines, The Asia Foundation and UNICEF, and funded by the Australian Government, is expanding its efforts to protect children against online sexual abuse and exploitation during the COVID-19 enhanced community quarantine (ECQ).

While online platforms are used for positive learning and socialising, they can also expose children to cyberbullying, online sexual abuse and exploitation, and other forms of harm. These risks are greater during the quarantine period, as children spend more time online, with or without the guidance of a parent or carer.

Starting April 15, SaferKidsPH in collaboration with the Department of Information and Communications Technology, the National Telecommunications Commission, Smart Communications, and Globe Telecom will launch an SMS campaign focusing on practical child online safety measures that can be used during the COVID-19 ECQ. Mobile subscribers will be invited to visit the platforms of SaferKidsPH and UNICEF for more information.

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[Statement] Save the Children Philippines calls on local officials to stop cruel, degrading treatment of children violating curfew

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Save the Children Philippines calls on local officials to stop cruel, degrading treatment of children violating curfew

Save the Children Philippines is calling on local officials to adhere to laws on the proper treatment of children and youth who violate curfew guidelines under the Enhanced Community Quarantine to prevent the spread of the COVID-19 virus.

Atty. Albert Muyot, Chief Executive Officer of Save the Children Philippines expressed grave concern on the reports of cruel, and degrading treatment of minors who were arrested for violating the government’s emergency measures to fight the spread of COVID-19 virus.

“Children’s right to protection from all forms of violence should be a priority,” said Atty. Muyot. “Likewise, the rights of LGBTIQ+ should be respected at all times.”

In Pampanga, a 15-year old boy was arrested last Sunday along with three LGBTIQ+ individuals for violating curfew guidelines. The minor was made to witness a sexy dance and kissing of the LGBTQI+ individuals as punishment.

Four boys and four girls were also arrested in Binondo, Manila last March 19 for violating curfew. Local officials forcibly cut the hair of seven of the children while the one who resisted was stripped naked and ordered to walk home.

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[Press Release] Save the Children calls for Protection of children in emergencies at Global Disaster Risk Reduction Conference in Sendai, Japan

Save the Children calls for Protection of children in emergencies at Global Disaster Risk Reduction Conference in Sendai, Japan

Over 100 million children worldwide are affected by disasters yearly and, as a result, many face reduced educational opportunities.

This challenge is particularly evident in the Philippines, where recent disasters destroyed entire schools, ruined classroom supplies and damaged equipment. Schools are routinely used as evacuation centers. Classes are interrupted and children miss out on their education. More than half a year after Typhoon Yolanda, some schools were still used as evacuation centers.

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As the 3rd World Conference on Disaster Risk Reduction opens in Sendai (Japan) on 14 March, Save the Children renews its call for Congress and the Administration to pass the “Children’s Emergency Relief and Protection Act”, a bill that calls for a comprehensive plan that will protect the rights of children during disasters and emergencies. The Philippines will be sending high-level Cabinet officials and Congressional leaders to the conference.

The impact of disasters on children’s education goes beyond physical damage and interrupted school attendance, children often experience psychological distress following disasters, affecting their ability to learn.

Country Director of Save the Children in the Philippines Ned Olney said, “Disasters have a huge impact on education. However, it does not have to be that way. Proper planning can help us to mitigate the impact of disasters on education. This is why Save the Children asks for the immediate passage of the Children’s Emergency Relief and Protection Act to ensure that education is prioritized in national disaster policies and plans. The Act is asking for investments to make school facilities safer, setting limits on the use of classrooms as displacement centers and in preparing children and teachers for disasters”.

In January 2015, the bill was approved on 3rd reading by the Congress.

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[Press Release] Ruby affected communities greet Save the Children with relief as they arrive with essential aid

Ruby affected communities greet Save the Children with relief as they arrive with essential aid

Families who were hit hard by Typhoon ruby over the weekend greeted Save the Children with relief as they arrived to distribute life-saving aid to 2000 people in Sorsogon.

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Save the children response teams rushed to reach  areas impacted by the storm across  Northern Samar, Dolores, Eastern Samar and Calbayog with clean water, materials to fix their houses and essential household items.

It’s estimated that 2 million people were affected as Ruby marched across the country, making landfall around 6 times before leaving the country on Wednesday morning.

Ned Olney Country Director of Save the Children says, “We are here to save lives, and alleviate suffering caused by the typhoon. Ruby was destructive and has caused extensive damage wherever it landed, to homes, communities and livelihoods. Save the Children is in communities distributing life-saving supplies and assessing the extent of the damage as we speak“

On Sunday evening, while Ruby hit their community, Amelita Ngoho, 31 and husband Remy, celebrated the birth of their first baby boy, born during the storm. The baby was born in a town near Ormoc that was badly hit by ‘Yolanda’. The couple were assisted during the birth by experienced midwife Criselda Gluva, 46,  who said she wouldn’t have done it without Save the Children’s ‘BEACON’ box, a storm-proof box that contains clean birthing supplies such as sterile blades, alcohol, flashlight and even a birth certificate, to help a pregnant woman deliver safely during and immediately after a disaster.

Criselda says, “When I found out about ‘Ruby’, I knew there were pregnant women in the village due to give birth that time. I took the BEACON box to our village so that we were prepared”

“It was difficult because there was no electricity but I had everything I needed in the BEACON box to help her deliver safely. I even used the flashlight that was inside.  I thank Save the Children for providing us with the clean birthing kits.”, the midwife added.

Days before landfall, Save the Children staff have been going out communities to tell people to heed evacuation recommendations, providing preparedness messages in child-friendly terms and setting up child-friendly spaces at evacuation centers

“Save the Children has response teams that are ready to go when disasters strike. We have opened new warehouses and had them fully stocked for an emergency such as this. Save the Children had emergency materials ready so we can respond quickly to children and families who need them the most.”, Olney added.

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[Press Release] Celebrities Kylie Padilla and Mikael Daez and GMA team with Save the Children for Yolanda survivors

Celebrities Kylie Padilla and Mikael Daez and GMA team with Save the Children for Yolanda survivors

Mikael Daez and Kylie Padilla today become official representatives of children’s charity Save the Children.

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The pair, who are GMA’s hottest young stars are the first Filipino representatives of the charity who internationally have ambassadors such as ‘Hollywood’ A-Listers, Jennifer Garner and Julianne Moore, football star Cristiano Ronaldo and international designer Rachel Zoe.

Kylie, who rose to fame in hit drama series “Adarna” and won PMPC 2008 Best New Female Personality, is delighted with her new role and engagement with the children’s organization

Kylie Padilla represents Save the Children

Kylie Padilla represents Save the Children

‘It is a privilege to be a representative of Save the Children and be given the opportunity to help children in need, especially typhoon Yolanda survivors. I want to do whatever I can to help provide them everything they need so they can recover from their experiences and reach their full potential.”

In the coming days, Padilla and Daez will be traveling with Save the Children to visit Yolanda-affected communities across Visayas and meet with some of the survivors who lost everything in the storm November 8th.

Save the Children has reached nearly 800,000 people in some of the ‘Yolanda’-hit areas with emergency life-saving aid and long-term support for livelihoods and aims to continue working with those affected for the next two years.

Save the Children’s country director Ned Olney said about the relationship:

“Save the Children is delighted to have such passionate engaged young people working with us as we strive to give every child in the Philippines the best start in life.

We hope that our relationship with Kylie and Mikael will give us the opportunity to reach many more children and save even more lives.”

Actor and ‘24 Oras Midnight Express’ segment host Mikael said about his latest engagement;

Mikael Daez represents Save the Children

Mikael Daez represents Save the Children

“I’ve always wanted to help children. All children should be able to dream about what they want to be when they grow up. Save the Children’s work means that more children can have those dreams. I am excited about the opportunity to work alongside this amazing charity and am privileged to be able to use my work for this excellent cause.”

Both celebrities are filming for their new drama series. Daez prepares for ‘Ang Lihim ni Annasandra’ while Padilla gears up for ‘Ilustrado.’
 

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Save the Children welcomes the public to its photo exhibition entitled: ‘Yolanda’: A Children’s Story photo from November 5-20th at the SM Mall of Asia ‘By the Bay’. To know more about this exhibition, visit our website: http://www.savethechildren.org.ph and social media sites: fb.com/SavetheChildrenPH and @PHSaveChildren.

Save the Children is the leading independent organization for children in need working in over 120 countries. We aim to inspire breakthroughs in the way the world treats children, and to achieve immediate and lasting change in their lives. Dedicated to helping children, Save the Children has worked in the Philippines for over three decades, providing both emergency and long-term support to improve the quality of life for children.

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Kylie Padilla and Mikael Daez join Save the Children’s press launch of ’Yolanda’ one year after report and photo exhibition on November 4, 2014 (Tuesday) 10 AM at Café Abe/Adriatico Restaurant SM Mall of Asia ‘By the Bay’ Pasay City .

To know more about the press launch/photo exhibition, high resolution photos and for interviews with our celebrity representatives, email april.sumaylo@savethechildren.org or call +639173011240.

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[Press Release] Hundreds of Children to ‘Race for Survival’ to end malnutrition -Save the Children

Hundreds of Children to ‘Race for Survival’ to end malnutrition

(Quezon City, Philippines) Hundreds of school children from Metro Manila run today in Save the Children’s ‘Race for Survival’ global relay race. Held at the Quezon City Memorial Circle, the event is calling for equal access to health services and nutrition for children under five years no matter where they are born.

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The 2013 National Nutrition Survey (NNS) reveals that nearly one third (30.3%) of Filipino children 5 years and below are malnourished. It also shows that there has been very little progress in reducing malnutrition over the past years, with rates at around 33% since 2008. The same data highlights that children in the poorest regions are almost twice as likely to die before the fifth birthday.

In Luzon, malnutrition among children remains high due to lack of access to basic health and nutrition services. The risk is even higher during crises and emergencies such as typhoons and conflict situations. In the Visayas, ‘Yolanda’-ravaged Western and Eastern Visayas are among the regions with high prevalence of underweight children.

“Every child should have access to nutritious food and health services. Healthy children will grow up to be productive citizens of this country. With Race for Survival, we are highlighting the need for every child to be within reach of the quality care they deserve,” Ned Olney, country director of Save the Children Philippines Country Office said.

The ‘Race for Survival’ is organized in partnership with child-led groups and national agencies, including DSWD, National Nutrition Council, DOH and Council for the Welfare of Children (CWC). The child participants are putting their running shoes on to say that this is an unacceptable statistic and it has to change.

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Save the Children has been working in the Philippines since 1981. We provide both humanitarian and long-term support, working closely with partners across the country. Save the Children addresses key issues of children in the country by implementing programs in child protection, education, health and nutrition, child rights governance and also supports in times of humanitarian crises.

Save the Children’s ‘Race for Survival’ is a relay race event held simultaneously in 67 countries, including Scotland, India, Canada and Kenya, as part of Save the Children’s Global Day of Action. Over 50,000 children worldwide have participated in this activity to make a statement and clamor for an urgent action to deliver health care and nutrition to EVERY child.

For press access and interviews with Ned Olney for Save the Children, please contact Lany dela Cruz at 09255556290 or email lany.delacruz@savethechildren.org

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[Press Release] Leading child rights organizations unite to push new bill that protects children in emergencies -Save the Children

Leading child rights organizations unite to push new bill that protects children in emergencies

Manila, Philippines –Three of the country’s largest child rights organizations, Save the Children, Plan International, and World Vision, unite to push passage of House Bill 5062 or the “Children’s Emergency Relief and Protection Act,” which calls for a comprehensive plan to be put in place to protect the rights of children in disasters and emergencies.​

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The bill was introduced by Representative Susan Yap (Tarlac, 2nd District) based on findings of the three organizations working with children in the aftermath of ‘Yolanda’. Partnering with UNICEF, they found a great need for official and systematic effort that allows children to express their views and concerns post-typhoon.

The report they produced in the immediate aftermath, in consultation with child survivors, entitled “After Yolanda: What Children Think, Need and Recommend” was presented to Members of Congress, including Rep. Susan Yap, and members of the House Child Welfare Committee. Some of the issues raised by children in the report included lack of access to information, psycho-social distress, preparedness, Disaster Risk Reduction and livelihoods recovery.

House Bill 5062, once enacted into law, would require a Comprehensive Emergency Program for children vulnerable to and affected by calamities. It calls for a structural approach to ensuring that children are well prepared, kept safe and their voices heard in disasters and emergencies.

“This law is essential to ensure that children are cared for during future emergencies in the Philippines,” stated Save the Children’s Country Director, Ned Olney. “Many interventions worked well for children after Yolanda, but there were gaps.” “This bill ensures that we learn from our experience to mitigate the impact of future emergencies on children,” Olney added.

“Children and young people are deeply affected when they live through an emergency, especially one of the scale of Yolanda. A major disaster like this is a life changing event and can impact on the future of an entire generation,” said Plan Country Director Carin van der Hor. “We want to make sure we are not just addressing concerns but also institutionalizing learnings and successes.”

​“We hope all citizens that care about Filipino children and want to see them survive and thrive in the Philippines will come out and support the continued development and eventual passage of this bill,” said Josaias dela Cruz Executive Director of World Vision.

The three child-focused NGOs also urge other legislators from both the Senate and the House of Representatives, and local government units to support HB 5062 for its passage into law within the 16th Congress.

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For interviews with our spokerspersons in the Philippines call April May Sumaylo ay +639173011240 or email april.sumaylo@savethechildren.org

Save the Children is an international non-government organisation working in 120 countries. In the Philippines, Save the Children has been implementing programs for over 30 years in the areas of education, child protection, health and nutrition and child rights governance in both development and humanitarian settings.

In any emergency situation, Save the Children aims to respond to the critical needs of children and families inside and outside of evacuation centres, addressing concerns related to relief, child protection, education, health and nutrition including clean water supplies, sanitation, food security, and shelter.

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[Press Release] Children advocates to push for “child-centered” elections -Bata Muna

Children advocates to push for “child-centered” elections

Bata munaManila, Philippines – A group of non-government and civil society organizations and child-led groups working for the protection of children’s rights will embark on a campaign that will advance children’s issues at the center of electoral discussions this May 2013 national elections.

The nationwide campaign, dubbed as “Bata Muna” will urge candidates to adopt a political platform that will stand up for children and their rights.  It will also educate voters to choose candidates that do not only kiss and hug babies during sorties, but candidates who have concrete policies and programs for children.

“This campaign aims to educate voters, candidates and the general public on the urgency of children’s issues and to bring these issues into the heart of public discussion and debate specifically for the coming elections. We hope to raise as many voices as possible, including the voices of children themselves, calling on every voter to vote for candidates who will stand up for children’s rights,” says Anna Lindenfors, Country Director of Save the Children in the Philippines.

“The campaign also aims to convince political candidates to include the issues of children in their electoral platform,” adds Lindenfors.

The Philippines, having ratified the UN Convention on the Rights of the Child (UN CRC), has an obligation to do its best, to the full extent of its resources, to make sure that the rights of the child are realized in the country. Currently, 193 countries are signatory to the UN CRC.

Meanwhile, Rodelio Ablir, Executive Director of the Samahan ng Mamamayan – Zone One Tondo Organization (SM-ZOTO) opines, “we have to carefully check and elect government officials that truly care for our children and their rights.  During elections, candidates repetitively boast that they care for children only to realize that very few of them, when elected, will responsibly stand up for our kids. It is very disappointing that legislative proposals that are meant to protect our children are not considered important and had to take a back seat, while bills that threaten children’s well-being are persistently being pushed.”

“For example, our senators and congressmen are leaving the proposed positive discipline bill behind while fast tracking the amendments of the juvenile justice law specially lowering the minimum age of criminal responsibility from 15 to 12. It seems that our legislators, now in the bicameral level, are more motivated in sending children beginning the age of 12 into jail while at the same time are very cautious in taking up banning corporal punishment of children, still pending at 1st reading in the Senate as of this time” adds Ablir.

Lindenfors explains that children constitute the biggest proportion of the population that access basic services from the government. Thus, they suffer the most when services are poor or lacking, or when government is weak or inefficient. Just like any other citizen, children deserve quality programs and services. They deserve accountable, responsive and honest government officials who will look after their best interest.

“If we have these kinds of leaders in office, parents will no longer worry if they have a sick child, if they don’t have enough money for their children’s schooling or if their child is outside of their home because they know that their government will protect and provide quality services for their children,” she explains.

It has been observed that, across the world, bad governance has had a devastating effect on children, often contributing to conflict, climate change, poverty and, ultimately, the failure to promote the survival and wellbeing of the most marginalized.

The nationwide campaign will kick off in March with a solidarity launch to be jointly organized by Save the Children, SM-ZOTO, Plan International, ChildFund, Asia ACTs, Children Talk to Children (C2C) about the UN CRC Project and WomanHealth Philippines.  The highlight of the campaign is a dialogue between the political candidates and children. ENDS

For more info, please contact:
Angel Tiamson-Saceda, Communications Officer, Save the Children
angel.saceda@savethechildren.org +63 9178590759

Notes to Editors:

Save the Children is the world’s leading independent organization for children. We work in 120 countries. We save children’s lives; we fight for their rights; we help them fulfill their potential.

We work together, with our partners, to inspire breakthroughs in the way the world treats children and to achieve immediate and lasting change in their lives with programs in health, nutrition, education, protection and child rights, also in times of humanitarian crises.

Samahan ng Mamamayan – Zone One Tondo Organization, popularly known as ZOTO, is one of the oldest people’s organizations in the Philippines. For more than 40 years now since its founding during the Martial Law years, ZOTO continues to implement integrated community development programs to empower the poor in claiming their human rights. Today, the organization is composed of 646 local urban poor organizations with 32,777 members in 28 urban poor relocation areas in the NCR, Cavite, Bulacan, Pampanga and Rizal.

Plan is an international humanitarian, child-centered development organization working in 69 countries worldwide. Our presence in the Philippines traces back to 1961 when Plan was invited by Carlos P. Romulo, to work in the country. For over 50 years now, our work and investment have been broadly based around key issues affecting children: education, health, livelihood, governance, water and environmental sanitation, child protection and disaster risk reduction and management. We are present in six of the country’s poorest provinces: Masbate, Occidental Mindoro, Eastern Samar, Western Samar, Northern Samar, and Southern Leyte. We also have special projects in Iligan, Cagayan de Oro, Maguindanao, Compostela Valley, and Davao Oriental in Mindanao, and Tanay, Rizal in Luzon.

Plan’s vision is of a world in which all children realize their full potential in societies that respect people’s rights and dignity.  Child Centered Community Development (CCCD) is Plan’s Child Rights approach in which children, families and communities are active and leading participants in their own development. This approach recognizes the intrinsic link between poverty and rights, where poverty is both a cause and consequence of the denial of rights.

ChildFund helps deprived, excluded and vulnerable children have the capacity to improve their lives and the opportunity to become young adults, parents and leaders who bring lasting and positive change to their communities. We promote societies whose individuals and institutions participate in valuing, protecting and advancing the worth and rights of children.”

Asia ACTs is a regional network of organizations working together to protect all children in Southeast Asia from exploitation and abuse.  With partners in Burma, Cambodia, Indonesia, Lao PDR, Philippines, Thailand and Vietnam, Asia ACTs aims to create a wider community that protects violence against children and to establish strong and effective child protection mechanisms.

Children Talk to Children (C2C) about the UN CRC Project is a joint initiative of four child-led organizations. The project aims to support children in preparing and submitting their own report to the UN Committee on the Rights of the Child; and develop children’s skills in engaging the government and the general public in raising and addressing children’s issues. The project is involving girls and boys aged 10-17 years old based in urban communities in Metro Manila and Cavite Province. A Project Team, a core group of 24 children, leads the planning, implementation and evaluation of project activities.

Began in 2009, the C2C Project has been implementing activities to monitor the implementation of children’s rights both at the local and national levels. Furthermore, the Project has been conducting national level campaigns to hold government accountable to children’s rights and to provide spaces for different children’s organizations to meet and discuss the situation of children and actions government should take to improve the lives of boys and girls.

Since then, the Project was able to produce two magazines named Teka Muna, Bata Muna (Wait a minute, let’s put children first). The first magazine was issues in 2009. It contains artworks, games, articles and stories that children did to raise awareness on children’s rights, child rights monitoring and issues. The second magazine was issues in 2012. It contains research findings and children’s recommendations on six priority issues of children namely early pregnancy, corporal punishment, lack of safe space for children, out of school children, less participation of children and child labor. Children Talk to Children (C2C) about the UN CRC Project is a joint initiative of four child-led organizations. The project aims to support children in preparing and submitting their own report to the UN Committee on the Rights of the Child; and develop children’s skills in engaging the government and the general public in raising and addressing children’s issues. The project is involving girls and boys aged 10-17 years old based in urban communities in Metro Manila and Cavite Province. A Project Team, a core group of 24 children, leads the planning, implementation and evaluation of project activities. Began in 2009, the C2C Project has been implementing activities to monitor the implementation of children’s rights both at the local and national levels. Furthermore, the Project has been conducting national level campaigns to hold government accountable to children’s rights and to provide spaces for different children’s organizations to meet and discuss the situation of children and actions government should take to improve the lives of boys and girls. Since then, the Project was able to produce two magazines named Teka Muna, Bata Muna (Wait a minute, let’s put children first). The first magazine was issues in 2009. It contains artworks, games, articles and stories that children did to raise awareness on children’s rights, child rights monitoring and issues. The second magazine was issues in 2012. It contains research findings and children’s recommendations on six priority issues of children namely early pregnancy, corporal punishment, lack of safe space for children, out of school children, less participation of children and child labor.

WomanHealth Philippines is a national organization that promotes, advances and defends women’s rights to health, reproductive self-determination and sexuality towards women’s empowerment in society. A critical part of our work is collaborating with women and communities to claim their right to health through appropriate programs and increased resources to reduce infant, child and maternal mortality, and early pregnancy, and ensure access to universal health care for all.

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[Press Release] Is the Philippines child-friendly? -Save the Children

Is the Philippines child-friendly?

400 children and adults gather in a national forum to voice out issues; recommendations to help nation be more child-friendly

Manila, Philippines – The ultimate test of determining the child-friendliness of the country is to ask the children themselves, this according to Anna Lindenfors, Country Director of Save the Children in the Philippines.

“Children know exactly what their situation is, as they have firsthand experience of their own issues and problems. They know what is lacking and what needs to be done in terms of solutions. And more importantly, they are capable of providing suggestions on how children’s lives in their communities can be improved,” Lindenfors adds.

On November 17, more than 400 children and supporting adults from about 40 children’s groups and child-focused civil society organizations nationwide will gather in a National Children’s Forum on children’s issues at the Amoranto Theater in Quezon City, in celebration of the of the upcoming 23rd Anniversary of the United Nations Convention on the Rights of the Child (UN CRC) this November 20.

The event is being organized by the Children Talk to Children About the UN CRC (C2C) Project, a child-led initiative on child rights monitoring and national-level advocacy being supported by the Samahan ng Mamamayan-Zone One Tondo (ZOTO), Inc. and Save the Children since 2009.

The event will kick-off with a parade of the 400 children and adults, launching of the C2C Project and Teka Muna, Bata Muna Magazine, and then progressively discussion, presentation and open forum on children’s issues and recommendations.

The information that will be gathered from the forum is expected to give a comprehensive picture of children’s situation in the Philippines, which will be the basis for child rights monitoring of Save the Children and its partner child-led groups and civil society organizations in the Philippines.

Furthermore, the recommendations of children from the forum will form part of the children’s groups’ platforms to influence voters and 2013 political candidates in prioritizing and pushing forth programs for children’s welfare.

“We expect that the children’s forum will provide more and even new evidences of unmet rights of Filipino children consistent with the 2008 Alternative Report of the Philippine NGO Coalition on the UN CRC, in which Save the Children is a member,” explains Lindenfors.

The Alternative Report (2001-2007) submitted in August 2008 to the UN CRC highlights several crucial gaps in implementing child’s rights in the Philippines. For instance, there is no clear allocation for children in the national budget and there is a decreasing budget for social services. Almost half of the national budget (41% in 2009) goes to debt servicing and interest payment and government funds lost to corruption.

It also points out that 1 out of 10 persons summarily executed is a child aged 12-18. Summary execution statistics in this period was 8-10 persons are being killed every month. Also, corporal punishment, child pornography, statutory rape (age of sexual consent) and foster care were identified as among the gaps in the legal framework for child rights while implementation of the Juvenile Justice Law has been dismal.

In terms of safety and health care, about 12,000 children are left behind daily due to parents and guardians working abroad; children are not adequately protected from abuse, early sexual activity and its consequences.

Mass migration of health workers on the other hand (closure of 200 hospitals; ratio of nurse to patient declined from 1:40 to 1:60) may put at risk progress in reducing infant and under 5 mortality rates and may further increase maternal mortality rates.

Moreover, on average per year, 66 children are killed in conflict-related incidents, 50 cases of children tortured, 55 children arrested and detained and recruitment of children in armed groups have been reported. Massive displacement of families in Mindanao has affected almost 900,000 children from 2001 to 2008.

“Children take their issues seriously. What is important in this forum is giving them the chance to voice out their issues and tell the entire nation how we can make the Philippines a safer and caring country for children,” says Lindenfors.
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About C2C: Children Talk to Children

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Save the Children is the world’s leading independent organization for children. We work in 120 countries. We save children’s lives; we fight for their rights; we help them fulfill their potential.

We work together, with our partners, to inspire breakthroughs in the way the world treats children and to achieve immediate and lasting change in their lives.

We have over two million supporters worldwide and raised 1.6 billion dollars last year to reach more children than ever before. In 2011, Save the Children directly reached over 700,000 Filipino children with its programs in health, nutrition, education, protection and child rights, also in times of humanitarian crises.

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[Event] Race For Survival Asia -Save The Children Asia

Race For Survival Asia -Save The Children Asia 

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The ‘Race For Survival’ is a 42-km charity relay for children on Oct 16, aimed at getting world leaders to commit to reducing child mortality by two-thirds before 2015.

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Every year, Save the Children organizes a world marathon challenge, aimed at getting world leaders to commit to tackle issues surrounding child survival.

This year, 39 countries around the world will be participating in this race, with the goal of talking to world leaders about child malnutrition. Across the globe, one-in-four children are stunted as a result of malnutrition, which stymies their physical and cognitive development.

The result: Malnutrition is the underlying cause of one-third of all under-five child deaths every year.

The deaths of these 2.6 million children are preventable, if only policies and financial commitments were in place to promote breastfeeding, food fortification, homestead gardens, provide social protection to the poor, build health clinics and train health workers. These solutions are simple, proven and economical, and we want to spread the word.

Therefore, on World Food Day (October 16th), we invite children from all over the world to participate in the Race for Survival. We want to get children into teams of about 30 to run a marathon (42km) in a relay format of 200m for each lap.

The aim: To beat the world record time of 2h3min38s.

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[From the web/event] Dingdong Dantes to run for children’s survival -Save the Children Asia

Dingdong Dantes to run for children’s survival
October 6, 2012

Manila, Philippines – As the political race heats up for the coming 2013 senatorial and local elections, Filipino actor-producer Dingdong Dantes will run, not for any elective post in the 2013 polls nor after aswangs like in his latest movie TikTik, but in the world’s biggest children’s race on October 16, World Food Day, at the Yńares Center, Rizal Capitol Compound, Antipolo City if only to urge governments and world leaders to decisively address child malnutrition and ensure protection of child rights in times of emergencies and disasters.

Organized by Save the Children, the leading independent organization for children, and its partners, the Race for Survival is a 42-kilometer charity relay marathon where more than 20,000 children in over 40 countries around the world will pass the baton on the same day to beat Kenyan Patrick Makau’s world marathon record of 2 hours 3 minutes 38 seconds.

Every year, 7 million children worldwide die before their 5th birthday. “About 57,000 Filipino children die before their 5th birthday, due to preventable causes like diarrhoea and pneumonia. Malnutrition is the underlying cause of roughly one-third of these child deaths globally,” said Anna Lindenfors, Country Director of Save the Children in the Philippines.

Based on official reports, under-five mortality (or deaths per 1000 live births) from 1999-2008 is highest in ARMM (94) followed by Eastern Visayas (64), Mimaropa (49), Cagayan Valley (46), Davao (44) and Western Visayas (43). Under-five death is lowest in Metro Manila (24). Child mortality is higher in rural areas (46) than in urban centers (28), and is highest among the poor and mothers with no education.

“Ironically, the solutions are simple and readily available: more breastfeeding mothers, more children immunized, and more good food for children facing malnutrition and starvation,” Lindenfors explained.

“There are simple, proven and cost effective solutions to tackle malnutrition, and we are calling on world leaders to take urgent action,” said Lindenfors. “We need political commitment in order to win this fight – for the thousands of children in the Philippines who die needlessly each year.”

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[From the web] Philippines Flooding Endangers Thousands of Children – Save the Children Voices from the Field

Philippines Flooding Endangers Thousands of Children – Save the Children Voices from the Field.

by Anna Lindenfors, Philippines Country Director, Manila, Philippines- savethechildren.typepad.com

It must have been terrifying. Flash floods create a fast moving body of water, sweeping away everything in its path. Cars, trees, people.

Yesterday morning (night-time in the Philippines) very heavy rainfall caused rivers to burst their banks and flood the area – killing hundreds and leaving thousands more stranded, without food or shelter, in the middle of the night.

Save the Children’s team on the ground launched into action immediately – assessing the damage on the most vulnerable children and their families.

Travelling along the highway you can see bodies lined up – waiting to be identified. Of the hundreds of dead, there are only a few injured. This is not unusual in a flood. Very few people caught up in the path of a flash flood will survive. Most of the dead were children, again not a surprise. Children are smaller, lighter and less likely to know where to go in an emergency. Those that survived will be cold, exhausted and terrified. Some will have been separated from their parents in the chaos.

Several of Save the Children’s team are coping with personal tragedy while responding to the flooding. One tells me their family didn’t survive intact. The debris of a destroyed house fell on top of a relative, killing her. Another tells me that water levels are so high their home is completely uninhabitable. They are worried about electrocution, so can’t return home. Yet another reports that they have run out of coffins in the town, and he doesn’t know what will happen.

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