Working with Local Lawmakers to Strengthen Child Protection in Communities

December 9, 2022

The recently passed Anti-OSAEC* Law (R.A. 11930) gives local governments the authority and access to resources to protect communities from the *Online Sexual Abuse and Exploitation of Children.

But local legislators must take some first steps.


WHAT NEEDS TO BE DONE?

One of the first steps to strengthening protection for LGUs (local government units) is to submit an ordinance (a law specific to that particular local government), which when passed into law will prohibit acts of online sexual abuse and exploitation of children (OSAEC), indicate their corresponding penalties, create a supportive environment for the survivors, and provide the funds needed.


A NATIONWIDE RESPONSE

Legislators representing 19 localities across Luzon, Visayas, and Mindanao have taken swift action to draft their ordinances against the Online Sexual Abuse and Exploitation of Children.


These 19 legislators attended IJM Philippines’ seminar on Child Protective Strategies, based on the Expanded Anti-Trafficking Law and the Anti-OSAEC Law. These laws empower local governments to strengthen protection through ordinances.


CELEBRATING COMPLETED ORDINANCES

Five ordinances have been signed into law and will take effect 15 days upon publication in the city newspaper.

Congratulations to the legislators who have completed their ordinances:

Councilor Jaycee Aguas of Angeles City, Pampanga

Vice Mayor Justin Gatuslao of Himamaylan City, Negros Occidental

Provincial Board Member Karla Adajar of the 3rd District of Laguna

Councilor Redentor Halili of San Fernando, Pampanga

Councilor Cherry May G. Busa of Butuan City


HOW DO THESE ORDINANCES PROTECT CHILDREN?

Anti-OSAEC ordinances that are passed into law allow for the allocation of resources, personnel, infrastructure, and technology to be dedicated to preventing, as well as responding to, OSAEC cases in the community. The local government is also empowered to sustain and further build protections needed.


PROTECTING THE BEST INTERESTS OF THE CHILD

It takes a village to raise a child, but it takes every sector of society to protect them. We celebrate local legislators for taking a critical step in fighting for the best interests of the child, and the growing wave of support among local governments around the Philippines.



We celebrate local legislators for taking a critical step in fighting for the best interests of the child. We are witnessing a growing wave of support among local governments around the Philippines.



The Philippines has come a long way in protecting children. While we are a hotspot for the crime of online sexual exploitation, as we continue to partner together, we are making unprecedented strides in child protection, and making justice for child survivors unstoppable.