14 December 2004, Camp
Crame, Quezon City --- The active participation and support
of the Philippine National Police is crucial to the success
of any child protection programme initiative in the Philippines,
UNICEF announced at the launch of The State of the World’s
Children 2005 in Camp Crame.
“Let’s start by ensuring that any crime against
a child will automatically receive the highest and fullest
attention and commitment for investigation and prosecution,”
Dr. Nicholas Alipui, UNICEF Country Representative, pleaded.
Citing its long relationship with the police in improving
the protection of children, Alipui noted that “the PNP
has been at the forefront in the fight to protect children
from sexual and physical abuse, prostitution, trafficking
and in the protection of the child offender in jail.”
The State of the World’s Children is an annual report
published by UNICEF. This year’s report focuses on “childhood
under threat” because of poverty, armed conflict, and
Poverty, which affects nearly 12 million children in the
Philippines, exposes children to abuse and exploitation.
The UNICEF head admitted that efforts to address these issues
“will remain incomplete until the day when the steady
hands of the men and women of the PNP will be there to give
these children a helping hand.”
UNICEF’s collaboration with PNP to set up child-friendly
investigation studios has been particularly successful.
This initiative allows child victims to give their testimonies
through videotape, instead of having to face their alleged
Other areas where UNICEF and the PNP could collaborate include:
• Sustaining educational campaigns about children’s
• Expanding of Women and Children’s Desks in more
• Increasing the number of police officers trained in
the investigation of crimes involving women and children
• Integrating child rights and human rights training
in the Philippine National Police Academy curriculum
• Diverting children in conflict with the law away from
jails and into appropriate rehabilitation programmes
“I have come to request the PNP to re-double and triple
its efforts and to strengthen its role in the Child-Friendly
Movement,” Alipui said.