Globe lauds law vs OSAEC

Published August 6, 2022, 10:16 AM

by Emmie V. Abadilla

The Globe Telecom Inc. Group lauds the new law against the online sexual abuse and exploitation of children (OSAEC) as a victory for child rights.

The group has long been campaigning for online child safety, and championing private sector participation in shielding children from the dangers they face on the internet.

“We celebrate this milestone in our quest to protect children from sexual abuse and exploitation online,” says Atty. Froilan Castelo, Globe Group General Counsel.

“This law is fully aligned with our long-standing programs against OSAEC, as Globe has been at the forefront of this fight.”

The Anti-OSAEC bill, among the first measures to become law under the new Marcos administration, institutionalizes the role of the private sector, particularly providers of electronic services, and their cooperation with law enforcers to filter out OSAEC content.

Globe lauds law vs online child sexual abuse, to champion private sector role in enactment

It also seeks to create a new body under the Inter-Agency Council Against Trafficking: the National Coordinating Center against OSAEC and Child Sexual Abuse or Exploitation Materials (CSAEM).

The law will also give investigators stronger surveillance tools to catch OSAEC perpetrators.

Globe has long been promoting online child safety through #MakeITSafePH, which was launched in 2017 to actively educate the public on online safety, including how to stop OSAEC and protect children from online risks.

Earlier, Globe invested at least $2.7 million to establish content filtering systems that block websites and online imagery that promote child pornography and online piracy.

The telco likewise partnered with local and international organizations to boost the fight across all fronts.

Under the #MakeITSafeCampaign, Globe has been running the Digital Thumbprint Program (DTP), an educational platform that teaches responsible digital citizenship to students, teachers, parents, and netizens.

DTP holds workshops through webinars and e-modules to teach children, parents, and other stakeholders how to understand the impact of their online behavior and how to be safe and responsible in their online activities.

The program was integrated into the Department of Education’s (DepEd) K-12 curriculum in 2019, as the government and private sector continue to work together on digital safety training.

Globe has just launched a new portal, www.makeitsafe.ph, which brings together its various efforts to raise awareness and educate the public on internet safety, especially cyberbullying.

 
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