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Thursday, June 16, 2011


That was what I read today.

It was about an International Conference against child abuse, which will be hosted by our country at the end of the year and to be held at SMX Convention Center of MOA. Organized by the Child Protection Network Foundation (CPN), the annual conference will have the theme: "Creating Safe and Caring Environments for Children".

Read all about it:

MANILA, Philippines - Hundreds of delegates from the Philippines and around the world are expected to attend the annual Ako Para Sa Bata (I Am For The Child) Manila Conference to be held at the SMX Convention Center, Mall of Asia Complex, Manila from December 5 - 7, 2011.

Organized by the Child Protection Network Foundation (CPN), the three-day conference with the theme "Creating Safe and Caring Environments for Children" is set to discuss key issues and feasible measures to effectively combat child neglect.

"Child neglect is one of the most prevalent forms of child abuse. We forget abuse is not limited to the physical aspect, there are also many environmental factors that threaten the emotional wellness of children," said Dr. Bernadette J. Madrid, MD, Executive Director of CPN.

Last year's conference proved to be a success as it was attended by more than 650 participants, including representatives from government and non-government organizations (NGOs), domestic and international law enforcement agencies, medical professionals, academia, as well as parents, social workers, youth and children organizations and the media.

"We will be presenting a comprehensive review of the latest research, on-the-ground experience and different perspectives in tackling child neglect. By bringing together the diverse groups we hope to come up with recommendations that are inclusive, practical and doable in the Philippine setting," said Dr. Stella G. Manalo,Organizing Committee Conference Chair.

The two day symposia will tackle a wide range of topics including: media, sex and violence; proper media diet for children; family values in children; preventing child neglect and child endangerment; safe havens for children in times of disaster / in areas of conflict; caring homes; changing Filipino perspectives in adoption issues; non-violence in the school; and safety in the field, in court or at home.
Post Conference Workshops will be also conducted by the Philippine Society for Child and Adolescent Psychiatry, Philippine Society for Developmental and Behavioral Pediatrics, Society of Adolescent Medicine of the Philippines, Inc., PsychConsult Inc., and CPN itself.

"The nation cannot afford not to prevent the abuse of its children. Through proper support, training and resources, we can ensure every child gets the bright, safe and healthy future they deserve", concluded Dr. Madrid.

The Child Protection Network Foundation is committed to ensuring that all children in the Philippines and throughout Asia are protected from abuse and neglect. Its mission is to enable child protection specialists and child protection unites (CPUs) achieve excellence in serving abused children and children-at-risk. The foundation shall serve every abused child with compassion and competence ensuring that all abused children and children at risk are safe, healthy, and developing to the best of their potential within a nurturing family environment.

*If you are a victim of child abuse and would like to seek professional help, you can contact the organization through their website:

It is not too late to tell your story and seek for help. 

You are not alone.

But I noticed something while browsing through their published researches, (not that I am being too petty or what) they all focused on young girls or children in general and little are said or mentioned or studies that focused about the ordeals of abused  young boys, physical or sexual. Just asking. ;D

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