As champions of safe and secure cyberspace, the Department of Information and Communications Technology (DICT) and the Inter-Agency Council Against Child Pornography (IACACP) marked February 13, 2018 as a momentous day with the successful launch of Safer Internet Day for Children Philippines.
The launch was paved after President Rodrigo Roa Duterte signed Proclamation No. 417 last February 5, 2018. By virtue of the proclamation, the President declared every second Tuesday of February of every year as Safer Internet Day for Children Philippines.
As an active member of IACACP, the DICT, led by Assistant Secretary Carlos Mayorico Caliwara and NIGS Director Maria Teresa Garcia, spearheaded the drafting as well as the approval of the proclamation.
During his message, Asec. Caliwara noted the campaign should continue taking actions in eliminating online child pornography with the Philippines still one of the global hub for such heinous act.
“Naging bahagi ang Pilipinas sa mas malawak na pagkakaisa laban sa child pornography,” said Caliwara. “Pero dapat safer Internet (for children) everyday, hindi lang ito pang isang araw.”
“We have to go beyond the Internet, we should go back to the family kasi nanganganak yang problema yan, pwedeng maging ugat ng use of illegal drugs, cybercrime, or even human trafficking,” added Caliwara as he emphasized that the family unit must have an active role in the fight against online child pornography .
Introduced in 2004 in Europe, the Safer Internet Day for Children is currently being celebrated in over 100 countries around the globe.