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#ChildrenNotCriminals: Rights groups slam bill lowering age of criminal liability

Jan 21, 2019 - 2:30 PM

Unicef Philippines says it is deeply concerned about the bill, describing it as 'an act of violence against children'

CHILDREN'S RIGHTS. Several rights groups slam the bill lowering the minimum age of criminal responsibility from 15 years old to 9 years old.

Rappler Talk: Sex trafficking in the digital age

Oct 19, 2017 - 2:09 PM

A study by Plan International finds that 6 out of 10 sex traders use the internet to seek potential clients

Facebook groups open more channels for PH cybersex trade – study

Oct 18, 2017 - 2:40 PM

Easy access to social media also enables teenagers to be 'freelancers' in sex trafficking, according to the study

CYBERSEX. A new study by Plan International finds that 6 out of 10 of their respondents resorted to online means in seeking sex predators to trade children as young as 11 years old.

Alarm over proposed Philippine law to jail 9-year-olds

Nov 21, 2016 - 7:50 PM

Jail is no place for a child It is alarming for children to be institutionalised sent to a penal institution UNICEF says in a position paper

CHILDREN IN CONFLICT WITH THE LAW. Some lawmakers want the age criminal responsibility lowered but social workers and pro-child groups oppose the proposal.

#LawinPH: Being prepared saved lives

Nov 01, 2016 - 7:35 AM

The change of behavior in terms of disaster preparedness has saved a lot of lives and caused less destruction says Plan International County Director Dennis O’Brien

DISASTER PROOF. Residents of Baggao, Cagayan return to their farms after Super Typhoon Lawin hit in October 2016. Photo courtesy of Plan International

Young farmers in Yolanda-hit region promote resilient agriculture

Jan 28, 2016 - 6:12 PM

Young survivors of Super Typhoon Yolanda are some of the voices calling for resilient agriculture to address the threats of climate change to agriculture

CSOs to host APEC disaster preparedness meeting

Sep 21, 2015 - 1:59 PM

Press release: The two day event will be concluded by the launching of the enhanced module on Inclusive Community Based Disaster Risk Reduction ICBDRR

After the quakes: Learning from the Nepalese people

May 27, 2015 - 4:21 PM

The Nepalese help each other build temporary shelters and do farm activities They even trek for hours to carry relief items to their neighbors

CHALLENGES. Bringing in aid is very difficult due to Nepal's rough roads and terrain. Photo from Plan International

Law, debate needed to end corporal punishment in PH homes

May 23, 2015 - 6:57 PM

Despite the global movement to end all corporal punishment of children the Philippines still remains among the many countries that do not ban it at home

Nepal hospitals overflowing, rural towns cut off: aid groups

Apr 26, 2015 - 10:06 PM

Aid pours in for earthquake stricken Nepal as the death toll surpasses 2 300

URGENT. Injured people wait for medical treatment after an earthquake struck Nepal, at Bir Hospital in Kathmandu, Nepal, 26 April 2015. Photo by Narendra Shrestha/EPA

Disaster recovery starts with 'resilient governance'

Mar 12, 2015 - 11:35 AM

Western Visayas humanitarian groups form a network that introduces inclusive community based disaster risk reduction to more communities and advocates changes in disaster management policies

REBUILDING WITH LITTLE. Residents of Antique try to rebuild what's left of houses washed away by Typhoon Yolanda. They need honest-to-goodness construction materials. Photo by Anthony Mondragon

When life depends on mangroves

Nov 06, 2014 - 5:19 PM

A year after Typhoon Yolanda the people of a coastal community in Eastern Samar are trying their best for mangroves which saved their lives to recover

Poverty, disasters, and the children in between

Oct 25, 2014 - 4:06 PM

This new normal means that we have to integrate development and humanitarian work ensuring that children and their communities are prepared for whatever comes their way no matter how rich or poor they are

Growing up with poverty, disasters

Oct 18, 2014 - 12:10 PM

This is the new normal Development that is inclusive disaster and climate resilient and ensures that that children are prepared for whatever comes their way no matter how rich or poor they are

HUNGER AND DISASTER. Children in Yolanda-hit regions face malnutrition. File photo by Rupert Ambil/

Bill seeks to protect children during emergencies

Oct 13, 2014 - 4:32 PM

Press Release: Save the Children Plan International and World Vision rally together in support of a bill promoting children s welfare in emergencies

EMERGENCIES. A new bill proposes to provide more protection to children at times of emergencies. File photo by Dennis Sabangan/EPA

Ending child marriages, teenage pregnancies, poverty

Oct 11, 2014 - 9:37 AM

On the International Day of the Girl it s good to be reminded that helping young girls make better life choices will ultimately lead to a better future

Metrobank Group, Plan to build health facilities in Yolanda-affected areas

Aug 14, 2014 - 12:46 PM

Each health station will be fully equipped to meet the basic health needs of up to 900 families

14,500 Yolanda survivors still in tents after SONA

Jul 30, 2014 - 2:09 PM

These communities are being exposed to tremendous risk and uncertainty aid groups say after the President trumpeted efforts for Yolanda survivors

4 Ebola cases confirmed in Guinea's capital: medical sources

Mar 28, 2014 - 7:17 AM

Health sources confirm the ebola virus has spread to the capital of Guinea Conakry

UK charity expands PH anti-trafficking work

Jan 17, 2014 - 9:06 PM

A UK based children s charity will expand an anti human trafficking project in the Philippines as fears grow that young Yolanda survivors become easy prey

PH gov't on guard vs child trafficking

Jan 12, 2014 - 5:49 PM

A special anti trafficking commission is already in place to prevent children displaced by Super Typhoon Yolanda Haiyan from being exploited by traffickers

10 tips for NGOs responding to Haiyan

Nov 16, 2013 - 10:13 AM

Don’t try to do everything at once Accept initial levels of chaos and confusion

The State of the Nation’s Girls: Rising

Oct 13, 2013 - 1:14 PM

International Day of the Girl helps raise awareness of girls worldwide who are deprived of education and other basic rights

KNOWLEDGE IS POWER. 63% of the world's illiterate youth are female. That's 77.6 million girls worldwide. All photos from the Facebook page

[DASH OF SAS] What about boys?

Oct 09, 2013 - 11:10 AM

Women and girls hold up half the sky and boys the other