Category Archives: CHILDREN’S RIGHTS


MANILA – The United Nations Children’s Fund (Unicef) on Friday lauded the Philippines’ passing of a law criminalizing child marriage, noting its importance as “another layer of protection” for children.In a statement, Unicef Philippines Representative Oyunsaikhan… Read More

Duterte signs law criminalizing child marriage

House approves anti-child marriage bill


DOJ: Missing, exploited children reports double in 2021



MANILA – Reports involving Filipino children sent through the United States-based National Center for Missing & Exploited Children (NCMEC) CyberTipline Reports (CTR) more than doubled this year, according to data shared by theDepartment of Justice (DOJ) on Tuesday.From 1,297,474 in 2020,… Read More

DAVAO DELNORTE: Santo Tomas town, AFP, Kiwanis hold “Fiesta sa Nayon” for Ata-Manobos

Gipatigayon sa school grounds ng Sitio Talos, Barangay San Jose ang KIWANIS One Day ” Fiesta sa Nayon”

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The Making of Kiwanis Playground, diin ang mga kabataan ug bagani nga Ata-Manobo,kauban ang AFP (Army ug Air force) ang miplastar sa mga ligid nga gamit sa maong playground. Kahinumduman nga niadtong Hunyo 19,2021, napahitabo ang ground breaking ceremony sa playground.

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Sa maabtikong pagdumala ni Lorna Go ng Kiwanis Division 7, nahan-ay ang pagpahitabo sa maong aktibidad.Si Tatay Erning Ernesto Evangelista mapasalamaton sa tanan pribadong sektor nga nagatabang sa Lokal nga Panggamhanan aron mahatag ang mga pangihanglanon sa mga TOMASINO, mapagamay man o dako nga programa.

Ilalom sa kritikal nga pagbansay ni Atty. Elayza Lapina sa mga pribadong sektor nga mamahimong pares sa mga programa, gipaniguro kini nga aduna gayud katakus ug maayo nga tumong ang mao nga organisasyon aron sa malungtaron nga kalamboan sa kabaranggayan.Sa pangulo ni Battalion Commander Donald Gaffud ng 89IB MAKATAO Battalion, hapsay nga napasiugda ang aktibidad.#AksyonAngSolusyon#tataycares

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Pediatric vaccination 2nd phase in more venues

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A young vaccinee is comforted by her guardian as she receives her COVID-19 jab in Las Piñas on Friday (Oct. 22, 2021). The vaccination included adolescents aged 12 to 14, following the initial rollout for the 15-17 age group one week ago. (PNA photo by Avito Dalan)

By Lade Jean Kabagani/ Philippine News Agency

More hospitals in the National Capital Region (NCR) have started the inoculation of adolescents aged 12 to 17 years old, according to National Task Force (NTF) against COVID-19 chief implementer, Secretary Carlito Galvez Jr., on Friday.

From eight hospitals during Phase 1 (15 to 17 years) on October 15, more than 20 hospitals and jabs sites conducted simultaneous inoculation for the younger set during Phase 2.

“Today, we mark the expansion of our vaccination and we included other hospitals in the whole of NCR,” Galvez said in an interview at the Ninoy Aquino International Airport during the arrival of 698,600 AstraZeneca doses, procured by the private sector under the “Dose of Hope” program.

Vaccinating kids as important as protecting adults

 October 22, 2021, 9:09 pm

MANILA – The local governments of Manila and Quezon City (QC) took part in the coronavirus disease 2019 (Covid-19) vaccination of minors with co-morbidities aged 12 to 17 on Friday.In Manila, 23,354 Covid-19 jabs have been reserved for the pediatric inoculation, 22,854 of them Pfizer vaccines… Read More


Galvez said the government is on a massive vaccination drive to achieve population protection against COVID-19 as soon as possible.

“We have to vaccinate all who are willing and at the same time, we will concentrate more on the vaccination of our children,” he added.

Children with comorbidities are being prioritized.

So far, the Philippines has received 93,661,610 doses of COVID-19 vaccines, with 54,444,161 doses already administered nationwide.

“We are trying to prepare our defenses by massive vaccination and also looking at the possibility of really reorganizing, refurbishing, reconstituting our hospitals and our healthcare workers,” Galvez said, noting that 24,101,222 Filipinos are now fully protected against the disease.

“We are also confident that we can breach 100 million doses of vaccines that will be delivered by the end of the month,” he added.

The initial list of Phase 2 venues include Caloocan City Medical Center (North and South), Ospital ng Malabon, Navotas City Hospital, Valenzuela City Emergency Hospital, Marikina Sports Complex (near Amang Rodriguez Memorial Medical Center), Quezon City General Hospital, St. Luke’s Medical Center Quezon City and Taguig, Ospital ng Maynila, Ospital ng Makati, SM Megamall Mega Vaccination Site (near Mandaluyong City Medical Center), Cardinal Santos Medical Center, Ospital ng Muntinlupa, Ospital ng Parañaque 1, University of Perpetual Help, and Pasay City General Hospital. (PNA)


Bong Go checks progress of conjoined twins Divine and Mercy

Senator Christopher Lawrence “Bong” Go checked on the condition of the conjoined twins that he helped undergo separation surgery early this year when their parents brought them to the Senator’s office on Monday, September 9.


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The Senator, who also acted as a sponsor to the twins in their baptism, said he is happy to see that Divine and Mercy are in good health.
The one-year-old twins were born in Barangay Sabang, Vinzons, Camarines Norte, and were connected through their chest. 
Their parents, Rubelyn Guinto and Edmund Cerilo, first brought them to Go in Manila on January 20. Go referred the twins to the Philippine General Hospital (PGH) where they were admitted the day after.
Go said in an interview then that the condition of Divine and Mercy touched his heart.
“Nakakaawa naman talaga ‘yung mga bata kaya sinabi ko doon sa mga magulang na tutulong ako sa kanila para doon sa operasyon. May mga supporters tayo na naniniwala sa adbokasiya natin at willing tumulong.”
He asked donors from the private sector to shoulder the expenses for the operation. He also assisted the parents in renting a room in Sta. Cruz, Manila where they stayed while waiting for their babies to be admitted to the hospital.
On January 31, surgeons at PGH announced that the surgery had been successful.
Go met with the twins again in Manila on March 13 and agreed to be a godfather in their baptism on March 16 in Daet, Camarines Norte.
The Senator has been active in helping children with serious illnesses by serving as a bridge to government agencies and by raising funds with the help of the private sector. He has also been assisting children afflicted with biliary atresia to undergo liver transplant in India.
Last year, Go spent Christmas and his birthday at the Philippine Children’s Medical Center (PCMC) in Diliman, Quezon City, in the company of cancer patients who received gifts and toys from him.
In the Senate, where he is the chair of the Committee on Health, Go has filed several health-related bills. One of which is the Senate Bill No. 199 which seeks to institutionalize nationwide the Malasakit Center, a one-stop shop for financial assistance from various government agencies.
During his last State of the Nation Address, President Rodrigo Duterte credited Go for the idea of the Malasakit Center, which now number more than 40 in different parts of the country.###



SALUGPUNGAN SCHOOLS CLOSURE. National Security Adviser Secretary Hermogenes Esperon Jr. attends a Senate hearing on the proposed closure of 55 Salugpungan schools on Tuesday (Aug. 27, 2019). Esperon said the New People’s Army’s alleged use of the schools in its recruitment of young indigenous people into the communist movement does not adhere to international norms and Philippine laws. (PNA photo by Avito Dalan)

National Security Adviser Hermogenes Esperon Jr. on Tuesday said the use of Salugpongan schools by the New People’s Army’s (NPA) in its alleged recruitment of young indigenous people into the communist movement does not adhere to international norms and Philippine laws.

During a Senate hearing on the suspension of 55 Salagpongan schools catering to indigenous peoples communities across Davao Region, Esperon said these educational institutions have been converted as breeding grounds for the NPA to promote its ideology that espouses the violent overthrow of the government.
Esperon cited Republic Act 11188, which provides that children in situations of armed conflict have the right to be protected from recruitment into government forces or armed groups and from participation in armed conflict.
He also cited the Optional Protocol to the Convention on the Rights of the Child on the Involvement of Children in Armed Conflict, which states that armed groups distinct from the armed forces of a country should not, under any circumstances, recruit or use in hostilities persons under the age of 18 years.
“Therefore, covering to international norms and Philippine laws on the status of children in situations of armed conflict, the Salugpungan in Region 11 teaches the students with different beliefs and systems far from what government prescribes,” said Esperon.
Last July, the Department of Education (DepEd) ordered the suspension of the permit to operate of the 55 schools operated and owned by the Salugpongan Ta’ Tanu Igkanogon Community Learning Centers in Davao Region.
Esperon, who chairs the Task Force to End Local Communist Armed Conflict, presented his report by enumerating the following reasons for the suspension of the schools’ operations: the institutions do not teach the curriculums in accordance with DepEd guidelines; trains its students to hold mass actions against the government; and, teaches students to rebel against the government.
Esperon’s claims were based on the affidavit executed on Dec. 6, 2018 by Melvin Loyod, a former student of a Salugpungan school and eventually became a volunteer teacher in a Salugpungan school in Sitio Pongpong, Barangay Sto. Niño in Talaingod, Davao del Norte.
During the same hearing, Datu Awing Apuga, a former child warrior of the NPA, called for the total closure of the Salugpongan schools.
Apuga recounted that he was only five years old when his father brought him to an alternative school, believing they would give him proper education but he was eventually trained to become a child warrior of the NPA.
Apuga noted that at the age of 15 years old, he was already taught to handle an M16 rifle and would regularly practice “target shooting.”
“Kung sino makatama sa gitna yun yung mataas na grade (Whoever hits the mark gets a high grade),” Apuga said. 

“Yung tribo namin ginagamit na lang nila para gawing mga aktibista… Nire-recruit talaga ang mga estudyante (They used our tribe and turned our members into activists… They are really recruiting students),” he added. 

He then joined the NPA and became a rebel under the Southern Mindanao Regional Committee (SMRC) for seven years.

Currently, Apuga is a tribal leader in Talaingod and an IP rights advocate. He is also an active member of the Civilian Armed Forces Geographical Unit (CAFGU) in Talingod town, tasked with defending their ancestral domain from NPA incursion.

The NPA is the armed wing of the Communist Party of the Philippines (CPP) and is listed as a terrorist organization by the United States, the European Union, the United Kingdom, Australia, Canada, New Zealand, and the Philippines. (PNA)