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
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.”