Four months after Super Typhoon “Yolanda” (international name: Haiyan) ripped through the central Philippines on Nov. 8, 2013, a growing sense of recovery is notable in the reopening of health centers, clean water flowing again through community taps, children back to learning in temporary schools.
They came from all walks of life—Girl Scouts troops, National Guard units, financial planning offices—to spend three days packing food for thousands of hungry children they’ll never meet.
By Joey Gabieta
Some of the children didn’t know who he was—except that he must be some international superstar. And so they serenaded him with Filipino songs.
By Nestor Corrales
A child welfare party-list group on Saturday urged President Benigno Aquino III to “show teeth” in implementing the Anti-Child Pornography Law in the country.
By Kristine Angeli Sabillo
Malacañang on Sunday vowed to step up efforts to curb child sex abuse in the Philippines following announcement by law enforcers that cyberpornography is the No. 1 crime in the country today.
British police are working with Australian and US counterparts in breaking up a Philippine pedophile ring that has been streaming live scenes of child abuse over the Internet, the National Crime Agency) revealed on Thursday.
By Cynthia D. Balana
Children whose human rights have been violated can now seek international justice through the United Nations. On Wednesday, the UN General Assembly, enacted an instrument known as the Optional Protocol to the Convention on the Rights of the Child on a Communications Procedure (OP3 CRC) that was adopted in December 2011.
By Leila B. Salaverria
At the very least, the government should warn survivors of supertyphoon “Yolanda” (Haiyan) in Samar and Leyte about human traffickers, although the best way to protect them would be to provide livelihood and other resources to enable them to get back on their feet, a party-list representative, said.
The government is acting to curb the trafficking of children displaced by Supertyphoon “Yolanda” (Haiyan), a presidential spokesman said Sunday, a day after a UK-based children’s charity raised concerns.
By Lourdes Santos Tancinco
In 2012, President Obama deferred deportation proceedings and gave temporary employment permits to thousands of undocumented young immigrants under a Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) policy. But while these young immigrants were given temporary relief, their parents who brought them to the United States were left without options to legalize their status. So when young undocumented immigrants apply for DACA relief, they will be faced with the possible separation from their parents, who may be deported. If this happens, will there still be an opportunity for the the children and their parents to be reunited? What if a parent is already in the Philippines? What steps may be taken for the parents’ return?
Emir-Deogene Mendoza, a student at the University of the Philippines-Diliman, said he wanted to give his overseas working parents “something that would recognize their hard work and sacrifice.”
Thousands of women and children in the Philippines risk falling prey to human traffickers in the aftermath of last month’s catastrophic typhoon, lawmakers and the chief United States aid agency warned Tuesday.