Protecting the youth and children of Zamboanga City PDF Print E-mail
Wednesday, 24 October 2012 00:00

In line with the Presidential Proclamation No. 489 proclaiming the Fourth (4th) Week of October as Juvenile Justice and Welfare Consciousness Week, the National Youth Commission (NYC) of the Office of the President of the Philippines conducted a workshop at the Marcian Garden Hotel yesterday involving the members of the Sangguniang Kabataan (SK) of Zamboanga City. The event was spearheaded by the Juvenile Justice and Welfare Council (JWWC).

This year’s theme is “Sa 9344, Bata, Bida Ka.” 9344 is the enactment of the Republic Act No. 9344 known as Juvenile Justice and Welfare Act of 2006. It is an affirmation of the Philippine commitment to the obligations enshrined in the UN-CRC (United Nations-Convention on the Rights of the Child). This is the legal international instrument which establishes the minimum entitlements and freedoms of children – ranging from civil, cultural, economic, political and social rights- that should be respected by governments.

Invited speakers were Brenda Canapi of the Commission on Human Right (CHR) and Emanuel Bagual of the Mind Your Rights, Philippines. They tackled the rights, protection and welfare of every Filipino youth and child, including children-at-risk and in conflict with the law, their role in nation-building, and the responsibilities of all duty bearers and stakeholders from the government, police and military sectors including private individuals. SK, being a unique government institution that caters and secures the participation of the youth on local governance should be in the forefront in voicing out the concerns and issues affecting them the speakers urged the participants. 

NYC undersecretary Leon Flores III is encouraging the people of Zamboanga City to report to proper authorities any maltreatments of our youth and children including any form of abuses whether physical, moral, spiritual, intellectual, and social well-being. The JWWC is composed of the DOJ, DepEd, DSWD, DILG, CHR, CWC and NYC Regional Office where these reports can be filed.

In case, local authorities will not act upon it, Flores said his office is willing to make further investigation and recommend proper actions against the perpetrators. He can be contacted at his email and

By Dante Corteza

Last Updated on Thursday, 25 October 2012 16:39