• Bill That Protects Calamity-Stricken Kids Signed Into Law

    Because children are the most vulnerable during disaster
    by Andrei Medina .
  • Photo from Official Gazette

    President Benigno Aquino III on Wednesday signed a law that would enable the Government to protect the rights of children who unfortunately become helpless victims to disasters.

    Aquino signed Republic Act 10821 or the Children’s Emergency Relief and Protection Act, a program that sets clear rules on upholding children’s rights during emergencies, Philstar reported.

    The Department of Social Welfare Development along with the Office of Civil Defense will be in charge of providing key services that include:

    - Improved family tracing for unaccompanied minors
    - Disaggregated data collection to identify children
    - Trainings on child-focused response
    - Expedited restoration of lost civil documents
    - Limits the use of schools as evacuation centers

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    In his speech, Aquino said the new law will prompt communities to ensure that children’s rights such as their right to education are protected even when calamities strike.

    “The mandate of the local and national governments to build child-friendly spaces, evacuation centers, transitional shelters with facilities for the needs of children and pregnant mothers becomes stronger.”




    He also said the law adds a safeguard against child exploitation cases such as human trafficking and violence against children that usually happen after disasters.

    Aside from this, Aquino said the basic needs of children including food, clothing and shelter will be prioritized with this development.

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    The bill was initially filed by Tarlac Rep. Susan Yap in 2014 following the aftermath of super typhoon Yolanda where over 10,000 were killed while million were displaced.

    Yap believes that it will immensely help children who are considered to be the most vulnerable during times of disaster.

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