The growing public concern on the legislative proposal currently pending at the House of Representatives that seeks to criminalize children above nine (9) years old, sends a strong message that this measure is not the most logical solution to the alleged increased of children involved in criminality as claimed by the proponents of the bill that seeks to lower the Minimum Age of Criminal Responsibility (MACR) from 15 to 9 years old.
Daunted by the audacity of the said bill to punish the nine-year old children, students and faculty members from the leading educational institutions in the Philippines initiated an awareness-raising campaign as an ardent response of counter measure against the passage of the said bill.
In March 2017, CLRDC generously responded to invitations from reputable schools to provide orientation and briefing on the prevailing bill on lowering the MACR and the current state of children in the on-going war on drugs. More organized students’ organizations have expressed their intentions to conduct similar information campaigns in the coming months regarding the menace that this bill projects.
March 24, 2017 with UP PREP PRACTITIONERS
Benitez Hall, College of Education, University of the Philippines
March 23, 2017, with the Faculty Members of University of the Philippines,
College of Social Work and Community Development (UP CSWCD)
March 17, 2017 – UP Children’s Rights Advocates League (UP CRADLE)
March 16, 2017 with the Faculty Members, Bagong Silang High School (BSHS), Caloocan City
March 6, 2017 with Students and Faculty Members of La Salle College of Saint Benilde
March 16, 2017 with the Student Council of Ateneo De Manila University School of Public Health, Pasig City, Philippines