The CybersafePH campaign of the Department of Information and Communications Technology (DICT) has tapped an ally in Pacific Online Systems Corporation (POCS) to further intensify its programs on child online protection.

On Thursday, 23 January, 2019, the DICT and POSC signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) in formalizing its collaboration efforts on championing programs tackling anti-cyberbullying, anti-online sexual exploitation of children and digital parenting.

“This partnership is a step towards the right direction in forging ahead for the protection of Filipino children,” Acting Secretary Eliseo M. Rio said. “The government, alongside industry partners play a key role in protecting the children from the dangers lurking in the digital realm.”

Various action projects of the partnership are actually already in the pipeline, including establishing CyberCare Lab, where youth, parents and educators can learn on child online protection practices, and CyberBeing, where psycho social intervention programs can be availed by victims of cyber abuse.  

Assistant Secretary for Cybersecurity and Enabling Technologies Allan S. Cabanlong said the partnership will help the government address the alarming 2018 UNICEF report where Philippines was cited as a top global source of child pornography with around 80% of Filipino kids at risk of online sexual abuse or bullying.

“The programs set forth in our MoU is a step towards ending the menace of child exploitation in our society,” said Assistant Secretary for Cybersecurity and Enabling Technologies Allan S. Cabanlong. 

POSC, on their part, vowed to assist DICT throughout the process of developing sound cybersafe programs, from conceptualization to implementation.

“We would like to be a volunteer advocates for a cybersafe Philippines,” POSC Chairman and President Willy N. Ocier said. “We want a safer, inclusive environment, free from threats and abuse, for everyone.”

About POSC – Pacific Online Systems Corporation (Pacific Online) is a publicly listed company incorporated engaged in the development and management of on-line computer systems, terminals and software for the Philippine lottery gaming industry.