NAVOTAS CITY - The Navotas City government is strengthening its child protection program by forging a multi-sectoral partnership.
In a statement on Monday, the local government said Navotas City John Rey Tiangco signed a memorandum of agreement (MOA) with Mary Grace Esteban, officer-in-charge of Stairway Foundation, Inc.-Manila; Orly Gallano of Samahan ng Mamamayan Zone One Tondo Organization (SM-ZOTO); and Khim Hazzel Mendoza, representative of the British Embassy.
This would pave the way for crafting and implementing the Local Plan of Action to End Violence Against Children.
In his speech during the MOA signing on Thursday, Tiangco cited studies revealing the increasing number of abused children in the Philippines.
According to data from the United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF), the country ranked fourth worldwide in terms of among countries with the most number of prostituted children.
“Bilang isang pamilyang Navoteño, tungkulin natin na isulong ang kapakanan ng ating mga bata. Ang bawat batang Navoteño ay anak natin. Dapat lamang na sila ay ating mahalin, alagaan at protektahan,” he said.
Tiangco said child abuse victims know their perpetrators but they are scared to report them to authorities.
He also called on parents to educate and encourage their children to do the right thing in the event of abuse.