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PIA Press Release
2008/02/06

DSWD intensifies adoption campaign

Zamboanga City (February 6) -- Pursuant to Proclamation No. 72 dated February 1999, the DSWD is spearheading the nationwide annual observance of the Adoption Consciousness Week from February 2-8, 2008 with this year's theme, "Isulong: Legal na Pag-Aampon, Hindi Simulation."

This event seeks to raise public awareness on domestic adoption, the legal process of adopting a child, and to intensify our advocacy on the need for more prospective adoptive families, who would provide homes and family life environment to the abandoned and neglected children.

In region 9, the celebration started with the Adoption Fun-Walk followed by the Opening Program, held on Feb. 2, 2008 in the city thoroughfares ending at the historical Plaza Pershing of Zamboanga.

It was participated by some adoptive parents and their children; children-wards of the Reception and Study Center for Children (RSCC), the orphanage run by the DSWD in coordination with the Foundation for the Development of Children, Inc. (FDCI), located in Talon-Talon, Zamboanga City; the SDC kids and social workers; DSWD staff; officers and members of the Regional Child Welfare Specialist Group (RCWSG), headed by its Chair, Atty. Virginia Ramos; and other adoption advocates in the region.

Other activities for the week include: the Adoption Help Desk in Malls set on February 5 and 7 at the Southway Square and Yubengco Star Mall; radio guesting/TV plugs/coverage; and the Adoption Forum, slated third week of this month.

Meanwhile, in Manila, DSWD Secretary Esperanza I. Cabral, Manila Mayor Alfredo S. Lim, child-rights advocate Atty. Eric Mallonga, representatives of child-caring agencies and advocates of adoption led the symbolic burning of simulated birth certificates to condemn the practice of simulating birth certificates by individuals who refuse to go through the legal process.

Simulation of birth is the tampering of the civil registry making it appear in the birth records that a certain child was born to a person who is not his or her biological mother causing such child to lose his or her true identity.

Under Republic Act 8552 or the Domestic Adoption Act of 1998, simulation of birth is punishable by imprisonment ranging from six (6) years and one (1) day to 12 years and/or a fine not less than P50,000 but not more than P200,000 at the discretion of the court.

For the best interest of the child, and the protection of reciprocal rights and obligations arising from the relationship of the adoptive parents and the adopted child, the DSWD strongly advocates for the legal adoption process.

For all those interested to adopt and offer their hearts and homes to the abandoned and homeless kids, they may visit or call DSWD Regional Office IX in Zamboanga City at telephone nos. 991-6056 or 991-6030. (DSWD 9/PIA 9-zc) [top]

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