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Philippines launches National Baseline Survey on Violence Against Children
The Philippine Council for the Welfare of Children, with support of UNICEF and civil society partners, launched on December 6, the results of the first-ever National Baseline Study on Violence Against Children (NBS-VAC) that details high incidences and various forms of violence committed against children.
The survey was conducted in 2015 nationwide, among almost 4,000 child respondents from across all sectors and socio-economic backgrounds aged 13-24. The findings reveal that 8 in 10 children in the Philippines suffer some form of violence in childhood. The evidence demonstrates the need for expressed high-level government commitment and partner support to implement the National Plan of Action to respond to and prevent VAC. Keynote speakers highlighted how the Study’s results can drive policy reforms and improve national child protection mechanisms; enable stronger cooperation between government and NGO partners as program implementers; and share best-practices from across the region.
UNICEF Representative Lotta Sylwander — “The Study not only helps us understand the magnitude and the severity of the problem, but more importantly, provides us the grounds, and the means of curbing this problem. Violence against children has a devastating impact on the country through its effect on young and vulnerable citizens, as well as creating an economic burden on society”.
Secretary Judy Taguiwalo of the Department of Social Welfare and Development concluded “We cannot do it alone. A single agency cannot create the impact or achieve our vision for a VAC-free society. It being a multi-faceted issue calls for strategic actions. We need to put all our acts together and more importantly, harmonize our actions.”