Children are considered by many as the future of many countries and yet they are the most vulnerable to neglect and abuse. In the Philippines, it is estimated that 1 woman or child is raped every 53 minutes, with 7 in 10 victims of raped were children as reported by Philippine Star in its issue last March 6, 2016. It was reported also by Center for Women Resources in their study that the recoded rape cases increased by 92 % from 5,132 in 2010 to 9,875 in 2014 and the victims are getting younger (CWR, 2016). In South Cotabato, it was reported by the Provincial Social Welfare and Development Office (PSWDO) that for 2015 there are more than 1,100 reported cases of child abuse.
With these reasons, TLDFI is committed itself in protecting children from harm and from its effects by ensuring that children were provided with child friendly environment, promote positive parenting skills and parent child interaction as well as advocating for the promotion of child rights. Parents were informed of the rights of children and were taught how to use positive discipline.
TLDFI also works in close coordination with the local social welfare offices to campaign for the prevention of child sexual abuse by capacitating both duty bearers and the children themselves. For schools, teachers were provided with knowledge on how to handle pupils or students who are victims of sexual abuse.”