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Learning from partnership in the response to Typhoon Haiyan Click here to view the Executive Summary.
Arising from the recognition of the need for a coordinated effort among churches and para-church organizations in responding to the hardships of children in the Philippines, PCMN was established in 1998 by the Philippine Council of Evangelical Churches (PCEC) as the Commission on Children.
Vision: Protecting Filipino children as we restore lives together.
We convene, develop and deploy networks of individuals and faith-based organizations, equipping them to effectively collaborate in strengthening and increasing child protection mechanisms.
Target Clients: Children and Youth
Programs and Services
Restore Eastern Samar Together (REST) – a program in response to the devastation wrought across Eastern Samar by Typhoon Haiyan (Yolanda). REST focuses on increasing and strengthening the child protection mechanisms in 6 municipalities within Eastern Samar province (Lawaan, Balangiga, Giporlos, Quinapondan, Hernani and Balangkayan). The program targets to effect constructive change in the lives of 17,000 children in vulnerable circumstances due to disaster.
REST Protection Result Areas
SAFE CHILD – works directly with children and empowers them to protect themselves. Through three projects, PCMN is: 1) providing psychosocial support to elementary school children, 2) engaging vulnerable adolescents in leadership development, peer mentoring, and community involvement, and 3) managing the cases of 150 children in need of special protection in collaboration with the Department of Social Welfare and Development.
SAFE SCHOOL – supports children by strengthening the capacity of educational institutions in the area through facilities development, teacher training, the provision of scholarships, and after-school programs.
SAFE FAMILY – supports children who are beneficiaries of REST by working with their parents to develop positive parenting skills, and to educate them in small scale organic farming in an effort to establish sustainable food security.
SAFE CHURCH – develops the capacities of local churches for integral mission in their engagement with local government units and their respective communities as they implement programs for children. PCMN has a volunteer force of over 100 workers drawn from various network member churches who serve in various capacities.
SAFE GOVERNANCE – works with local government units to strengthen the barangays and the Municipal Councils for the Protection of Children. PCMN advocates for the localization of the ordinances and policies that support the development of caring, protective environments for children at the grassroots level.
Youth for Safety (Y4S) – is an initiative to reduce, prevent, raise awareness and create more action against sexual child abuse. It primarily involves 100 youth advocates from 51 PCMN member organizations who reach out to 7,500 children and youth who are at-risk to sexual abuse, exploitation and trafficking. The project also works with parents, church congregations, community members, local police, teachers, community leaders, and government policy makers to create safe places for children and youth.
Church Recovery Program – aims to help in the repair of damaged church facilities and houses of pastors in six (6) towns affected by Typhoon Yolanda. This program has also been extended to include the more recent Typhoon Ruby affected areas.
OperationSAFE (OpSafe) – is a 5-session psychological First Aid program for young children traumatized by natural disaster or war. This crisis intervention project cultivates young children’s adaptive functioning and resilience. OpSafe camps have been implemented in Region 8 including Cebu, Borongan and Ormoc Cities, Guiuan and other towns of Eastern Samar specifically devastated by disasters.
Local Network Development for Children at-risk – PCMN promotes the collaboration of local churches and faith-based organizations to respond collectively to the needs of vulnerable children. Active local networks comprise of more than 100 churches and faith-based ministries in Eastern Samar, Northern Samar, Western Samar, Davao City, Metro Manila, Quezon City and Caloocan City.
Address: 3/F The Evangelical Center, #62 Molave St., Project 3, 1102 Quezon City, Philippines
Contact: Fe A. Foronda, National Director
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