How are we going to help the society?
For me, it is better to start by helping the children.
As cliché as it is, I still believe that children is our future.
What can we do to help them?
Recognize their RIGHTS, provide their NEEDS, and discipline them in a POSITIVE way.
The children have inherent rights to survival, development, protection, and participation as provided in the United Nations Convention on the Rights of Child and relevant Philippine laws on children.
When Caloocan City thought of crafting a Child Protection Code through the office of Councilor Karina Teh, Children’s Legal Rights and Development Center (CLRDC) was lucky enough to be part of the NGO drafting Committee. This initiative which started in late 2014 as a fresh draft had passed series of consultations with non-government organizations and community stakeholders. Aside from CLRDC, other NGOs engaged in the drafting were ZOTO, Balay, KnK Philippines. This initiative was convened and supported by Save the Children Luzon Program.
Last January 20, 2016, NGO committee again met to discuss the final comments on some provisions in the final Draft , and this February 2016 is the most crucial part as it is expected to be deliberated by the City’s Legislative body.
The Children’s Code purports to address children’s human rights concerns such as child sexual abuse (CSA), trafficking, child labor, children in emergency situations, children with disabilities, children in armed conflict, indigenous children, and other similar concerns. The Code further aims to mold the children and youth to become responsible citizen.
Who wouldn’t want that? The intention was good and noble, it will only boils down to the question of implementation, hence NGOs that partake in the on-going consultation process must always be vigilant to ensure that this Child Protection Code will never remain a lifeless piece of legislation.
This needs proper implementation, , all it takes is a push and determination of the implementers and the duty bearers. Everybody should work hand in hand if we all want a better society for our children.
–Denniese Anne Fernandez