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Child Protection in the Philippines

Protecting girls and boys from abuse, exploitation, violence, and harm from disasters that interfere with their right to education

Plan International Philippines is working to see the following end results:

  • Functional local child protection mechanisms and structures including prevention, reporting, referral, response and monitoring
  • Increased awareness and  capacity of girls and boys, their parents, and communities regarding child protection and disaster risk management
  • Strong civil society and national networks, and children’s organisations on child protection

Plan International Philippines has been working with the Department of Education (DepEd) in areas of child protection, gender equality, and disaster-safe schools.  We support teachers’ training to develop and implement a curriculum that includes child protection. A successful project we piloted in 2014 to set up child protection standards has gone on to become the model for DepEd’s new child protection policy.  The DepEd has, since then, expanded implementation of the policy to 45,000 schools nationwide.

Plan International Philippines has been instrumental in designing key national policies and standards namely:

a) Implementing Rules and Regulations of the Law of Juvenile Justice and Welfare Act of 2006

b) new Civil Registration Bill;

c) National Implementing Guidelines on Child Friendly Spaces during emergencies; and

d) Strategic Plan of the National Child Protection Working Group.  

  • Outcome 1: Government units at various levels are managing community-based child protection systems that deal with prevention, monitoring, reporting, and response to children and women abuses, even in emergencies.
  • Outcome 2: Civil society organisations are promoting the protection of women and children.
  • Outcome 3: Schools and communities implement child protection measures especially for women and adolescent girls.
  • Outcome 4: Male and female parents and teachers are practicing positive discipline toward girls and boys.
  • Outcome 5: Schools and communities have increasing capacity to prevent, respond, and cope with the effects of disasters. 
  • Outcome 6: Girls and boys especially survivors of abuse, exploitation, and disasters are availing of child protection services. Children are participating in disaster risk prevention, preparedness, and response.