The Council for the Welfare of Children (CWC) headed by Executive Director Brenda S. Vigo is intensifying its effort to ensure that children are enjoying their rights and not being used in armed conflict.
The Monitoring, Reporting and Response System (MRRS) Inter-Agency Team composed of the Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP), Philippine National Police (PNP), Department of Interior and Local Government (DILG), Department of Health (DOH) and Office of Presidential Adviser on the Peace Process (OPAPP) is doing its task to ensure that children victims of armed conflict are given immediate assistance and provided with necessary programs.
This move was supported by CWC Chairperson and DSWD Secretary Corazon Juliano- Soliman. “We are deeply concerned with the United Nations (UN) report and we want that children are not victimized no more by adults who are behind this issue. We must put an end to recruitment of child warriors…,” Secretary Soliman said.
As mentioned in the United Nations’ report, the Philippines is among 22 countries last year that experienced conflicts involving child warriors. Based on the report, there were 11 recorded incidents of recruitment and use of children, involving 23 boys and 3 girls, 12 to 17 years old, by the Abu Sayyaf Group (ASG), New People’s Army (NPA), Moro Islamic Liberation Front (MILF), and the Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP).
For further inquiries, please contact:
Ms. Grace Cymbeline R. T. Alejandrino/Ms. Lee Aguila
Tel. No. 740-5490; 781-1039 loc. 2004/2005