On 18 May, the Children's Emergency Relief and Protection Act was signed into law by President Aquino in the Philippines.
Plan International supports the implementation of the Children’s Emergency Relief and Protection Act and calls on the government for the full implementation of this law and for all sectors to be vigilant to help ensure the success of institutionalising child protection in emergencies.
“Plan International Philippines is proud to have been part of the coalition of organisations that worked with civil society and government to develop the bill and help steer it through the system and for President Benigno Aquino III to sign the bill into law today,” says Dennis O’Brien, Plan International Philippines Country Director.
“When put into practice, this law will do much more to prepare and protect children in disasters and emergencies,” O’Brien adds.
The first of its kind in Asia, the act calls for a structural approach to ensuring that children are well prepared, kept safe and that their voices are heard in disasters and emergencies. The act also seeks to protect children against violence and trafficking, and improve systems for tracing and reuniting children with their families.
Plan International has been working in the Philippines since 1961 with a focus on helping marginalised Filipino children in more than 400 communities across the country access their rights to education, health, protection and participation.
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