Philippine Plan of Action to End Violence Against Children
Sustainable Development Goals: 16
- SDG 16 - Peace, Justice and Strong Institutions
One of the basic child’s rights is to be given protection against abuse, danger and violence. The Philippines, for so long a time, has been hard-pressed in committing efforts to eradicate violence against children. The Philippine Plan to End Violence against Children (PPAEVAC) 2017-2022 is a translation of the continued efforts and commitments of the Philippine government in eliminating violence against children.
The PPAEVAC concurs to the findings of the National Baseline Study on Violence against Children (NBSVAC), a study commissioned through the efforts of the Council for the Welfare of Children (CWC) and the National Steering Committee on National Baseline Study on Violence against Children (NSC on NBS-VAC). Results of the study show the high overall prevalence of violence against Filipino children and youth, presence of corporal punishment and verbal abuse in Filipino families, high prevalence of violence in all forms to LGBT children and youth, among many other types of violence committed against our children. Despite all these, the study noted that there is low disclosure and reporting of these acts of violence.
In order to effectively implement the recommendations of the NBS-VAC, the PPAEVAC, a multi-sectoral plan of action, was developed through consultative processes with government agencies and institutions, local and international non-governmental organizations (NGOs), civil society organizations (CSOs), faith-based organizations (FBOs), professional groups, the academe, private sector, parents, and children.
Challenges to address violence against children remain a salient issue in the Philippines. The PPAEVAC, however, serves as the torch that will bring hope to finally end violence against our Filipino children. Through our collaborative efforts towards the fulfillment of the target goals of the PPAEVAC, we will finally achieve a violence-free society for, by, and with the children. Together as one, we must end violence against children!