OF THE COURIER | SaferKidsPH statement on approval of SB # 2209
UNICEF’s SaferKidsPH consortium, The Asia Foundation and Save the Children Philippines, in partnership with the Australian Embassy, welcome Senate approval at second reading of Senate Bill 2209 or strengthening of protections against online sexual abuse and exploitation of children.
The Consortium congratulates the Senate for bringing the bill closer to the law. Tackling online abuse and sexual exploitation of children is the main goal of SaferKidsPH, which aims to create a safer online environment for children by encouraging positive behavior in favor of protecting children from abuse. and online operation; strengthen the investigation, prosecution and adjudication of online child sexual abuse and exploitation (OSAEC) cases; and improving services to prevent and protect children where online exploitation is endemic.
SaferKidsPH calls on both houses of the Philippine Congress to immediately pass Senate Bill 2209 before the end of the 18th Congress. We believe this bill will institutionalize existing efforts and interventions to support the government, introduce stronger, more responsive and protective measures for children, and involve all relevant stakeholders, including the public, in the fight against child abuse. ‘OSAEC.
In collaboration with the Child Rights Network, SaferKidsPH advocated for the enactment of the OSAEC bill given the gaps in the current legal framework. The new legislation will clarify the meaning and application of the different forms of online sexual abuse and exploitation of children that go beyond “child pornography”, “online child trafficking” and others. cybercrimes.
It will foster a collaborative environment between government and the private sector, including Internet Service Providers (ISPs) and social media companies, to block sexual abuse or sexual exploitation of children and to utilize and enhance capacity technology and infrastructure for early detection and prevention of OSAEC.
SaferKidsPH is also calling on lawmakers to urgently pass the pending children’s rights bills, namely the amendment to raise the statutory rape age from 12 to under 16 (House Substitute Bill No. 7836; Senate Bills Nos. 305, 622, 739, 762, 774, 1258 and 1853), enact the Bill Prohibiting Child Marriage (House Bills Nos. 1486, 3899, 5670 and 7922; Senate Bill 1373), and work to revitalize the Positive Discipline Bill banning all forms of corporal punishment. SaferKidsPH, through UNICEF, is also supporting ongoing consultations with children and other stakeholders for the formulation and adoption of the Children’s Magna Carta.
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