THE National Coordination Center Against Online Sexual Abuse or Exploitation of Children and Child Sexual Abuse or Exploitation Materials (NCC-OSAEC-CSAEM), in partnership with Plan International Pilipinas and with the support of UNICEF Philippines, will take the lead in commemorating the Safer Internet Day (SID) 2024 on Tuesday, February 13, 2024.
Presidential Proclamation No. 417, series of 2018 has declared the second Tuesday of February of every year as “Safer Internet Day for Children Philippines.”
This year’s theme, “OSAEC at CSAEM ating sugpuin, implementasyon ng R.A. No. 11930 sama-samang patatagin!”, aims to raise further the public’s awareness on Republic Act (R.A.) No. 11930, as well as highlight, among others, the importance of child online safety and responsible internet use for the welfare of children.
R.A. No. 11930, otherwise known as the Anti-Online Sexual Abuse and Exploitation of Children (OSAEC) and Anti-Child Sexual Abuse or Exploitation Materials (CSAEM) Act, was enacted to bolster the country’s efforts in addressing children’s vulnerability to various forms of online abuse and exploitation.
Officials and representatives from the Department of Justice, Department of Social Welfare and Development, Plan International Pilipinas, and UNICEF Philippines, together with other NCC-OSAEC-CSAEM member-agencies, will facilitate the activities during the event. The primary audience for Day 1 of the SID event on 13 February 2024 are children and youth, with ages ranging between 9 to 24 years old; while the target audience for Day 2 of the SID event on 14 February 2024 are adults and child protection actors.
The NCC-OSAEC-CSAEM is a sub-structure of the Inter-Agency Council Against Trafficking (IACAT), which is chaired by Secretary of Justice Jesus Crispin Remulla, with Undersecretary Nicholas Felix Ty serving as the Undersecretary-in-Charge thereof.
“We’re bringing our campaign against human trafficking to the digital sphere through this initiative, dahil ang ating efforts to address this social ill ay hindi natatapos as long as may mga nais na manamantala,” Justice Undersecretary Nicholas Felix Ty underscored.
This momentous event serves as a powerful reminder of the collective responsibility to protect children in the digital realm, a key goal towards realizing the vision of a #BagongPilipinas.