To ensure the fulfillment of children’s rights during situations of armed conflict, calamities and emergencies, a child rights group has partnered with the Bangsamoro Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao (BARMM).
Save the Children Philippines (SCP) and BARMM have united for the implementation of the European Union’s Integrated Emergency Preparedness and Child Protection Framework to Protect Children and their Communities from Violence during Emergencies in ASEAN grant.
SCP Chief Executive Officer Atty. Alberto Muyot said the partnership is a “step forward” in addressing the lifelong physical and psychological trauma and disabilities of children facing the harsh impacts of armed conflict, compounded by the natural disasters and COVID-19.
“Armed conflict cripples communities and disrupts health services and schools that are critical to children’s learning and development,” said Muyot who is also a former Undersecretary of the Department of Education (DepEd). “We must ensure local governments respect laws and norms and do more to protect children from the horrors of gun battles,” he added.
The program aims to support children’s access to education, health and nutrition, child protection, child rights governance, food security and livelihoods, humanitarian response, and protection of children during disasters.
It will be implemented in the municipalities of Datu Salibo, Mamasapano, and Radjah Buayan in the province of Maguindanao.