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■Latest news from the Philippines (2008/8/25)

The Gathering

After the Peer Educator’s Seminar in February, the General Assembly of the KnK Children’s Organization was held in March 26.? This was attended by 80 children and peer educators to strengthen children and youth participation in their respective communities of Payatas, Bagong Silang and Sangangdaan, Malabon and Balintawak.? With the theme, “Promotion of Children’s Participation” the event became a venue also to elect the officers of KnK Children’s Organization to fully enhance their capabilities as leaders of their peers. Some of the officers now represent the children at the “Barangay (community) Council for the Protection of Children” (BCPC).



Seminar on “Juvenile Justice and Welfare Act of 2006” or RA 9344


Two years ago, KnK became an active member of an umbrella organization that lobbied to the Lower House of the Philippine Congress for the enactment of a law that protects the rights of children in conflict with the law (CICL).

Enactment of R.A. 9344 has facilitated KnK’s advocacy program in its protection program for the rights of the child.? A one-day seminar is in Bagong Silang, Caloocan City to give information not only to the residents of the community but also to the officers of the Caloocan City law enforcement agency, the Philippine National Police (PNP).
This is made possible in coordination with the local Barangay Chairman and Council members of Bagong Silang and the School Principal of Bagong Silang Elementary School for the use of their facility.? Seventy-four (74) participants attended the seminar where 40 were policemen, 21 barangay officials, 4 representatives from an NGO, BALAY Rehabilitation, 1 teacher, and 8 peer educators (former CICL).

KnK has been advocating and promoting diversion and mediation program for the CICL. Under the diversion program, children who were arrested would not be detained in jails and would participate in productive alternative activities for their rehabilitation back to their communities and preparation for their independent clean living.

In the picture shown, KnK invited officers in uniform to develop a much broader and critical knowledge in handling cases of children in conflict with the law.


Earth Day

One of the most important rights not just to a child but to each and everyone of the human race is to live in a peaceful community and naturally-endowed pristine environment. It is a privilege and a responsibility of each one of the inhabitants of Planet Earth to take care of the health of their habitat.

As part of the Alternative Activity in enhancing the children’s awareness on the current situation of our environment, KnK participated in the week-long international celebration of “Earth Day”.? ?Simultaneous with other NGOs in Metro Manila and people all over the world in more than 141 countries, KnK took part in the mobilization for uplifting status of environmental issues in the world stage in some meaningful activities discussing our ecology through film showing and exposure trips for small children and CICL on April 22.





Parent Effectiveness Service (PES Seminar)

 
One of the most important rights not just to a child but to each and everyone of the human race is to live in a peaceful community and naturally-endowed pristine environment. It is a privilege and a responsibility of each one of the inhabitants of Planet Earth to take care of the health of their habitat.




 


ALS 2008-2009 for Out-of-School Children
and Youth Launched in Bagong Silang


The launching of the Alternative Learning System classes for school year 2008-2009 started with a motorcade caravan on May 12, in Bagong Silang. The information campaign was jointly organized by KnK Bagong Silang Area Team and Kagawad Aida Corrales of the Committee on Education of Bagong Silang Barangay Council. The Bagong Silang Area KnK staff was lead by its Team Head and area social worker, two full-time teachers, nine peer educators, five KnK scholars, some parents and 12 community volunteers. Kagawad Corrales was ably assisted by her seven office workers. It started at 9:30 in the morning from Phase 2 annex and going around Phases 5, 7, 8, 9, 4 and 1. Leaflets and flyers with information on the enrollment days for ALS learners in Phases 2, 4, 8 and 9 were distributed to the people.

Educational Program


With all unpredictable economic crises that the Filipino people experienced today, education is becoming less priority to poor families. Hence, in year 2004 Alternative Learning System (ALS) was launched in two project areas in Manila in partnership with the Department of Education.

As of now (June 2008), there are four hundred seventy-five (475) children comprises of street children, working children, out of school youth (children-at-risks) enrolled in Alternative Learning System (ALS). These numbers are in 3 different project areas in Metro Manila (Bagong Silang, Payatas and Sangandaan/Balintawak).

 

Reported by Richard Manglicmot
KnK network Philippines

 
 
 
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