Have you heard of the online resource hub AlamBaU.ph before? AlamBaU.ph aims to educate, support, and connect stakeholders to protect children from online abuse and exploitation. Along with Dakila, The Asia Foundation (TAF), and the Australian Government’s Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade (DFAT), AlamBaU.ph announced new updates last Tuesday with representatives from various NGOs and government agencies concerned with the prevalence of online sexual exploitation of children (OSEC.) also present at the event.
“AlamBaU.ph was a localized response to the need of Filipinos to understand the Internet and the risks attached to its use. With the growing threats to children, especially online; it is imperative that stakeholders, especially parents and teachers, have access to tools and knowledge that can enable them to protect children active on the Internet,” explains DAKILA OIC-Executive Director Rash Caritativo.
The event headlined various activities such as the unveiling of AlamBaU.ph posters with symbolic signing of commitment from Assistant Secretary Juvy R. Manwong of the Inter-Agency Council Against Trafficking (IACAT); PCSupt William S.
Macavinta , Chief of the Philippine National Police – Women and Children Protection Center (PNP-WCPC); and Ms. Sally Ujano of National Coordinator of Philippines Against Child Trafficking (PACT).
“It is important for us to work together in protecting children from any harm, whether online or offline. What children-victims of OSEC go through is horrible. We must put an end to it. We, as duty-bearers, are one with you in combatting this unspeakable violation of human rights and dignity,” says PCSupt. Macavinta.
There were also presentations of AlamBaU.ph videos featuring the adventures of AlamBaU.ph avatars Ami and Abu; while Ami and Abu mascots were present to distribute advocacy materials to guests. Meanwhile, a digital kiosk was set up for attendees like the media, parents, bloggers, and even children to explore the AlamBaU website.
Whether or not you have kids of your own, this is an advocacy that you absolutely need to get behind. Check out the website today and share it with your friends and family to help better educate them on this matter.