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Plea to the Government: Plight of poor children in the Philippines

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welcome By: Elena Grace Flores
Senator Nancy Binay secures the laws to protect poor children. How about the implementation of such laws? Who is brave enough to urge the president prioritize their plight? Do you think he can spare some time from his war on drugs? Watch the video and look at the faces of poverty in them:

[VIDEO]: Heart-breaking ordeals of unfortunate Filipino children. See if you can bear to watch…

Malnutrition is Common

Malnutrition in the country results in childhood stunting. ” It is the most prevalent kind of undernutrition. The effects are permanent affecting the child’s growth and development.” Stunted children in the first two years of their lives tend to drop out of schools. As well as repeat grade levels. Members of the workforce who “experience childhood stunting have lower income levels. Child deaths result in a loss of income for both the family and the country.” Save the Children Foundation have these records.

Poor children are Fed with “Pagpag”

In Tagalog “pagpag” means the dust you shake off your clothing or carpet. But not in  poverty- stricken world. It means chicken from the trash. Pagpag is the product of a hidden food system for the urban poor. They exist on the leftovers of the city’s middle class. Senator Bam Aquino proposed a bill ordering restaurants to give their excess food to the poor. Although this was intended to provide the poor with clean sustenance, many criticized the act.


Child Labor is also used in the Illegal Drugs Trade

Almost a thousand minors were used in drug-related cases from 2006 to 2016. A report  of the Philippine Drug Enforcement Agency (PDEA) discloses. 982 minors were arrested for involvement in illegal drugs from January 2006 to August 2016. From 2006 to 2009 only one incident involving a minor connected to illegal drugs was recorded each year.

Poor Children are prone to Child Abuse

More minors  fall prey to sexual abuse. Child pornography in particular. The Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) reports. Records show that from 2010 to 2014, the average number of child porn cases in the country per year is 50. But from January to February alone this year, the figure rises up. Cases reach 100. Senator Risa Hontiveros urges the public to report child abuse at once.  However, this is a massive problem like the illegal drugs trade that needs to be concentrated upon. Any moves on this, Mr. President?


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