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The Child Rights in Education desk ensures that students are protected.

The Antique Department of Education (DepEd) Schools Division established its Child Rights in Education Desk (CREDe) and child protection unit on Monday to ensure that learners’ rights are respected.

In her statement at the launch, Schools Division Superintendent Felisa Beriong said, “Some instructors were also victims of harsh discipline while they were still children, so they thought it was appropriate for them to do so as well.”

According to Beriong, there is no excuse for a teacher or any adult to harm a child even if no one else is looking at them because they lose their sense of worth.

She went on to say that a child has the right to education, health, participation, religion, and the opportunity to have his or her voice heard.

She also stated that he has the right to rest, play, and be protected from all forms of violence, abuse, neglect, and maltreatment.

The CREDe and the child protection section will be managed by the DepEd Antique School Governance and Operations chief Evelyn Remo, whose office will collaborate and develop convergence with other government authorities in terms of defending children’s rights.

“At the DepEd Division, there will already be a dedicated office that will take care of the program,” she stated in her statement.

The CREDe will develop policies that are in the best interests of the children.

As part of the child protection unit’s mission, DepEd suggests that the provincial government create “Duyan kang Paglaum” or Cradle of Hope in all municipalities in Antique to serve as a sanctuary for children who are victims of any sort of abuse, neglect, or exploitation.

It is also proposed that the Department of Education and other government entities establish a one-stop-shop in Antique schools to handle birth registration for its students.

Various government agencies, including the Department of the Interior and Local Government, the Philippine National Police, and the Provincial Social Welfare and Development Office, have pledged to assist the Department of Education in implementing the program.

Local government units (LGUs) that currently get the national financial allotment, formerly the Internal Revenue Allocation (IRA), under the first year of the Mandanas verdict can “achieve” this idea, according to DILG provincial director Cherryl Tacda.

LGUs have boosted their financial resources as a result of its implementation, allowing them to fully implement the full devolution of powers from the national government to them as provided for in the Local Government Code.

Tacda even advocated a single child-friendly zone across all government agencies, not only DepEd.

“Being child-friendly is a manner of life,” she continued, “and it extends far beyond policy implementation.”

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