Manila, PH – One of the serious global issues as an overt violation of children’s rights is the Online Sexual Abuse and Exploitation of Children (OSAEC). As a response to the prevalence of OSAEC cases in the Philippines, the government moved for the passage of the Anti-Child Pornography Act of 2009 or the R.A. 9775 and the Cybercrime Prevention Act of 201.2 or R.A. 10175. With that, the Philippines has joined the community of nations with a protection framework for children and an institutional structure that will implement initiatives to combat said abuses on children.

The Department of lnformation and Communications Technology in collaboration with the lnternational Telecommunications Union and the lnter-Agency Council Against Child Pornography will be conducting an ITU-ASEAN Workshop on Child Online Protection which will be held on 13-14 September 2016, back to back with the National Consultation on Philippine lnitiative on Child Online Protect on to be held on 15-16 September 2016 at Luxent Hotel,5th Floor, Winter & Spring Room, Timog Ave., Diliman, Quezon City.

The Workshop and National Consultation aim to provide a platform to ASEAN Member States for information sharing, strengthen their knowledge, raise a level of awareness on child online safety through a multi-stakeholders approach involving government agencies, academe, ICT/telecoms industry, civil society, NGOS and organizations dealing with children and youth.

Sharing best practices and experiences and establish liaisons and relationships with other relevant organizations which could contribute to the promotion of child online protection and report on the results of the ITU Survey on child online protection for ASEAN which will provide inputs on the draft ASEAN Child Online protection Framework.

Both the Workshop and National Consultation strives to explore possible harmonization of the ASEAN Child Online Protection Framework with the National Response Plan that would help facilitate recommendations for further related policy development and action in the Philippines.

To access the program flow, click on the following:

ITU-ASEAN Workshop on Child Online Protection

National Consultation on the Philippine Initiative on Child Online Protection

This event is limited only for identified partners of ITU and IACACP. To confirm attendance, invited stakeholders are encouraged to email Ms Donna Estrelles and Ms Cynthia Favtaren at donna.estrelles@dict.gov.ph, kristine.martirez@dict.gov.ph or cvnthia.favtaren@dict.gov.ph.