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Youth Engagement in the Philippines

Girls and boys, based on their evolving capacities, participate in advancing their education and other rights

Plan International Philippines is working to:

  • Increase awareness on children’s rights among marginalised girls and boys
  • Create adequate opportunities for girls and boys to participate
  • Strengthen the capacity of civil society groups to promote children’s rights

At national level, Plan International Philippines is the capacity building commitee lead of the Philippine NGO Coalition on UNCRC (United Nations Convention on the Rights of the Child), which has developed and now uses a child rights monitoring handbook. This helps guide member NGOs, local governments, and communities in monitoring status of child rights and capacities of various government agencies in fulfilling, protecting, and respecting child rights. The Coalition is preparing for the Philippine Alternative Report to UNCRC for 2017. The Coalition developed a communication plan for CRC 3rd Optional Protocol advocacy and the Child participation handbook of the Center for the Welfare of Children’s National Committee on Children and Youth Participation (NCCYP).

We have also joined the Local Council for the Protection of Children (LCPC) Consortium. The consortium composed of government agencies and NGOs complement resources to strengthen the child protection mechanism. Plan International Philippines, as convenor of Child Rights Network (CRN), works on priority advocacies such as the amendment of the current Civil Registration Act, Anti-Corporal Punishment, and Promotion of the Positive Discipline bill.  The bills are now filed in Congress.

Annual Progress

Outcome 1: Male and female parents, teachers, and local officials, and non-government organisations are getting the views of girls and boys from poorest communities, and considering them in decision-making. 

Outcome 2: Girls and boys are taking action on various issues that affect them.

Outcome 3: Girls and boys are bringing their issues in different venues to influence decisions at home, schools, community, up to the national and international levels.