Philippines government adopts Standards in Building Communities that Protect Children From Trafficking

The Department of Interior and Local Government (DILG) in the Philippines has released a nationwide memo circular commanding all provincial governors, mayors, barangay chiefs and local councilors to adopt and comply to the Standards in Building Communities that Protect Children From Trafficking.

These important Standards act as a guide for planning, budgeting and monitoring of programs and services for the protection of children against trafficking. By pledging to adopt these Standards nationwide, the government has signalled their dedication to eradicating child trafficking in the Philippines, regardless of the outcome of the 2018 elections.

The nationwide adoption of the Standards is largely a result of the lobby and advocacy work of Terre des Hommes Netherlands (TdH NL) and national partner, Philippines Against Child Trafficking (PACT) under the Girls Advocacy Alliance (GAA) program. PACT is a leading network of advocates for child protection against trafficking and its members  include NGOs and POs as well as individuals from government, who believe that it is the moral responsibility of the government, NGOs, business sector, academia and families to create a community that protects children’s rights

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The GAA is a five-year joint effort (2016-2020) between Plan Netherlands, TdH NL and Defence for Children - ECPAT Netherlands  and implemented in strategic partnership with the Dutch Ministry of Foreign Affairs.The goal of the programme is that, by 2020, governments and private sector actors make sure that girls and young women in ten countries in Asia and Africa no longer face gender-based violence and economic exclusion.

TdH NL and PACT have worked diligently to train local government units on how to use the Standards to address child trafficking issues and spread awareness of the importance of having these standards in place.
To receive  training on how to implement the Standards in Building Communities that Protect Children From Trafficking, please contact TdH Philippines or PACT.

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