• Program to help Bacolod children in distress launched

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    BACOLOD CITY: A campaign to capacitate children with disability and in distress, dubbed “Whistle for Protection Campaign” was launched at here Thursday.

    ChildFund Philippines national director Katherine Manik said they are closely working with the community to support children with disability, and build their capacity to protect themselves.

    |The project has a funding support from Australian Aid and is advocating for children’s right and protection.

    Under the program, children with disability are equipped with whistles to enable them to send distress signals when they are in trouble.

    “Whistles are shrill and loud and can be heard. Oftentimes, these children with disability have limited strength to shout out for help,” she said.

    She explained that the community, including parents and guardians, will be trained so they can quickly respond to incidences and help if someone is in trouble.5

    At least 200 children with disability in Barangays Bata, Banago, Alijis and Handumanan in Bacolod are beneficiaries of the program.

    One of the beneficiaries of the group’s local partner, Special Children Outreach for Rehabilitation is Joefil Pasar, 24, of Barangay 16 here.

    Pasar, a graduate of Bachelor of Science in Industrial Technology from Carlos Hilado Memorial State College, said he had been with the child development organization when he was still five years old.

    The English-speaking Pasar said that the group conducted self-realization activities, which boosted his self-confidence.

    Project specialist Allan Nuñez added that 200 others were also being assisted by the project in Panay Island, which has been launched in Roxas City, Capiz and San Joaquin, Iloilo.

    He said that most of the children, under their care, have Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD), dyslexia and intellectual disability, citing their clinical consultation result.

    He said that the campaign will build capacity with different stakeholders, teachers, parents, and the local community in handling cases involving abuses; as well as trainings and youth participation, where they can voice out their opinions on certain issues.

    PNA

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