The Philippine National Police (PNP) has signed a memorandum of understanding (MOU) with two international agencies to strengthen its campaign against abuse of women and children abuse and intensify the implementation programs to prevent it.
The MOU was signed by the PNP with the Unicef and the Child Protection Network Foundation Inc. (CPNFI) at Camp Crame on Monday.
PNP Chief Director General Alan Purisima, Unicef Child Protection Specialist Patrick Halton and CPNFI Executive Director Dr. Bernadette Madrid, M.D. signed the MOU witnessed by other PNP and Unicef officers.
In the agreement, PNP, Unicef and CPNFI jointly agreed to pursue the mission of protecting all children from all forms of abuse, neglect, discrimination and exploitation.
They also agreed to improve the module on the Specialized Course for WCPD (Women and Child Protection Desk) Officers to enhance their investigative capability and to re-echo the training program nationwide.
The duties and responsibilities of the signatories were also elaborated in the MOU, which emphasized the updating of the existing 10-day Standard Training Package (STP) on the Specialized Course on the Investigation of Crimes Involving Women and Children and for PNP-WCPD Officers to update its content on new laws on women and children, Child Protection in Emergency and Gender-Based Violence in Emergency and protecting the rights of the vulnerable including Persons With Disabilities.
The PNP, for its part, shall coordinate all its units from the headquarters and field offices to work together in developing the updated Program of Instruction and the STP.
Moreover, the PNP shall ensure that the STP will be used in all trainings to be conducted nationwide by providing necessary venue for the conduct of the said training.
The PNP, Unicef and CPNFI have been partners for eleven years in implementing the Training for Women and Children Protection Desk Officers nationwide.