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PIA Press Release
2010/02/07

Feb. 8-14 is National Awareness Week for Prevention of Child Sexual Abuse and Exploitation

Tacloban City (February 7) -- Department of Interior and Local Government Secretary Ronaldo Puno called on the local chief executives of the local government units to spearhead and support the observance of the National Awareness Week for the Prevention of Child Sexual Abuse and Exploitation.

Pursuant to Proclamation No. 731, series of 1996, the 2nd week of February of every year is observed as the National Awareness Week for the Prevention of Child Sexual Abuse and Exploitation.

The annual observance seeks to help make communities safe haven for children. This year's observance will focus on the Preventive Safety Lessons, which educates school children on various forms of abuse.

In 44,000 public schools nationwide where PSL is being taught as part of the curriculum, the observation was that an average of six children, mostly girls, report of being victims of abuse.

The PSL is a violence prevention program that "empowers children to take part in their own protection by giving information and skills within their own culture and religion."

The children are taught of three important things to protect them from abuses: learning to say no, run, and tell.

Secretary Puno, in his Memo Circular dated January 22, 2010, said that the observation of the significant event may be observed in the LCEs' respective areas of jurisdiction by undertaking activities such as hanging of streamers highlighting the significant event.

The observance may also be in the form of an announcement of Awareness Week for the Prevention of Child Sexual Abuse and Exploitation during Flag raising ceremonies.

Another activity is the lecture series, orientation or skills training relative to the protection of children against sexual abuse and exploitation.

Other suggested activities are the conduct of a lay forum, art or painting contest depicting the focus of the observance, media blitz or other activities which may be thought of by the local government units. (PIA 8) [top]

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