The City Government of Navotas has formally entered into a multi-sectoral partnership to strengthen its campaign to protect children.
Mayor John Rey Tiangco signed a memorandum of agreement with Mary Grace Esteban, Officer-in-Charge of Stairway Foundation Inc.-Manila; Orly Gallano, President of Samahan ng Mamamayan Zone One Tondo Organization; and Khim Hazzel Mendoza, representative of the British Embassy.
The partnership will pave the way for the formulation and implementation of the Local Plan of Action to End Violence Against Children.
In his speech, Tiangco cited studies that show an alarming number of abused Filipino children.
He mentioned that according to the United Nations Children’s Fun, the Philippines is the fourth country with the highest number of children involved in prostitution.
UNICEF also said one out of five Filipino children experience sexual violence in their home, school or community
“As one big Navoteño family, we have a solemn duty to ensure the well-being of our children. Every Navoteño child is our son or daughter. They all deserve our love, care and protection,” he said.
Tiangco lamented that a high percentage of child abuse victims know the perpetrators but they are often scared or ashamed to report the incident.
He then stressed the importance of educating both parents and children on how to handle and address abuses.