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Born out of the Center for Disaster Preparedness' three-year implementation of the Strengthening Resilience to Disasters among targeted Urban Poor Communities in Metro Manila, Philippines project, this research focuses on the localization of child protection mechanisms in urban communities in the Philippines. In the duration of the project, the research team was able to gather and evaluate the sources of harms and risks for children and youth in three key cities: Quezon, Valenzuela, and San Juan, including six (6) barangays: Bagong Silangan, Sta. Lucia, Arkong Bato, Ugong, West Crame, and Corazon de Jesus.

 

Based on the results, it was revealed that all of the children and youth’s rights are under threat, namely: survival, protection, development, and participation. In particular, the children and youth are most at-risk in the area of protection and survival rights. Among the themes that revolve around these issues include intergenerational poverty, neglect, abuse, and influence of vices among others. 

 

The findings also show that there are issues common for both cities and barangays, especially family related concerns, where all of the barangays have agreed to this as a source of risk. Adults and youth also have a similar perspective on harms. In the same way, there are issues discussed which are unique to the context of the barangay, such as health problems, sexual abuse, and existing policies that harm the well-being of children and youth. Also present in the narratives of the respondents is the common experience of risks and harms becoming even more pronounced or intensified during emergencies and disasters. Besides this, it remains clear that the more pressing concern for children and youth in urban communities are the “everyday” risks.

Localization of Child Protection Mechanisms

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