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DSWD strengthens prevention initiatives against child pornography

Cagayan de Oro — Being one of the regions with the highest number of cases in child pornography, 12027142_188301214837244_7572106299994990482_oNorthern Mindanao will be more vigilant in looking out for its children from pedophiles and syndicates, especially those using children to the internet for profit.

The Department of Social Welfare and Development here and other DSWD offices from four other regions, is now designing a national program called “#StopChildPornPh” which will help children and parents protect themselves from the giant industries committing trafficking and sexual abuse both online and offline.

“We are going through a lot of brainstorming to make sure the program design will become helpful for children and parents in the communities,” Morena Fernandez of the DSWD says. The DSWD is working with international online protection organizations in the program design.

The design of the program includes community-based advocacy activities that introduce children and their parents on online and offline schemes that may lead them to become victims of child pornography. They shall also be taught on how they can avoid becoming victims and how to help others from becoming victims themselves.

“We are doubling up our time, and yet we are very detailed and thorough in designing this program since we believe that there are a lot of children and parents who are still vulnerable to deception on the internet, which is the most common venue where pedophiles and syndicates operate,” Fernandez says.

Fernandez explains that the program shall enjoin the law enforcement, barangay officials, civil society groups, faith-based organizations, and non-government organizations to the program implementation.

Fernandez says that when the program design is finalized, the DSWD shall officially launch the program hopefully by next year.

Written by Charmaine P. Tadlas, DSWD

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DSWD bares drug abuse prevention program for families

Cagayan de Oro — The Department of Social Welfare and Development recently introduced to local government units in Northern Mindanao the Family Drug Abuse Prevention Programme (FDAPP) which is designed to educate and prepare families and communities about the adverse effects of drug abuse.

The FDAPP targets families whose members feel inadequate in their respective family roles and need help to function (first time parents) ; those whose members are not meeting their needs and whose members are discontented in their current situation (dysfunctional families); those who are experiencing a stressful life situation due to substance use and abuse; those who are vulnerable to and potentially at risk for drug and substance use and abuse; those residing in the barangay, sitio or purok that has a high incidence of drug abuse; those with history of involvement in drug abuse.

It also targets those families who are interested to know about drug abuse; those who have young members in their families who have problems in school; and those who are causing peace and order problems in the communities.

With the end goal of helping the family prevent and fight drug abuse in the home, the FDAPP, through the help of community leaders, is implemented to make every family member aware of drug abuse and how its presence in the home poses a threat to the family’s survival.

According to Morena Fernandez of the DSWD, the local government units play a critical role in the implementation of the programme – by coordinating and ensuring functionality of each  anti-drug abuse council installed in each barangay in their municipalities or cities.

Northern Mindanao has one of the highest number of cases on drug abuse.

The FDAPP also enjoins faith-based organizations, schools, civic and non-government organizations, children and young people’s group to the implementation.

The FDAPP, which was pilot tested in the Punta Taytay, Bacolod, Negros Occidental, is currently being advocated by the DSWD to the public to reduce the probability of drug abuse among families, particularly to their children, later in their lives.

Written by Charmaine P. Tadlas, DSWD

 

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