PH joins int’l commitment to protect children’s rights

July 09, 2019

The Philippines has joined other States in renewing its commitment to promote and protect children’s rights.

“The Philippines enjoins all States to pursue with renewed determination our commitments to promote and protect every right of every child. While each country has its own particular challenges and contexts, we all share the imperative of providing safe and protective environments for our children, where they can grow and thrive to achieve their fullest potentials,” emphasized Social Welfare and Development Undersecretary for Special Concerns Camilo Gudmalin.

In addressing the 41st Human Rights Council Session, Gudmalin cited how it tried to fulfill this duty to the Convention by enhancing its national frameworks.

In particular, the Undersecretary said that the Philippine Congress enacted 29 laws from 2010 to 2017 that relate to child rights protection–13 on child protection, nine on education and sports, four on health, two on youth participation and one on civil status of children.

The Philippines has its five-year National Plan of Action for Children (NPAC) in line with the Philippine National Strategic Framework for the Development of Children for 2000-2025.

There are also programs to mainstream child rights into local development planning and the allocation of the annual 20 percent increase from 2010 to 2017 for child-related programs in the National Expenditure Program.

More recently, Republic Act 11188, which provides for the Special Protection of Children in Situations of Armed Conflict, became a law in January this year.

Both United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF) and the Special Representative of the UN Secretary General commended this as a landmark law that closed a protection gap for boys and girls in the Philippines.