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Headline: Series of Forum Highlights Importance of Various Approaches to Solving ‘Street Children’ Issues

Date: September 2018 to July 2019

 

A series of forums in Iloilo City and Davao City fleshed out the need for a clear but varied approach in understanding and solving the problems faced today by Filipino children in the street situations (CiSS).

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A Project Technical Working Group (PTWG) formed in September 2018 led the engagement with members from the government, academe, and non-profit groups. During their first meeting, the team clarified each role and responsibilities for a couple of months ahead.​

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The PTWG convened next in January 2019, highlighting the need to conduct child-sensitive researches on street children. The event concluded with an action plan on how to conduct further studies on this vulnerable sector. 
 

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Meanwhile, further discussions went on up until July 2019. The third meeting highlighted the importance of understanding children through their perspectives when formulating researches and programs for them. 
 
The PTWG recognized that CiSS differ in characteristics and risks experienced, and it is the duty of the stakeholders and community to realize it and address the said concerns. 

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Creation of the Project Technical Working Group Hotel del Rio, Iloilo City | September 5, 2018 

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2nd Project Technical Working Group Meeting Diversion 21 Hotel, Iloilo City, Iloilo | January 16, 2019 

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3rd Project Technical Working Group Meeting Park Inn by Radisson, SM City Iloilo Complex | July 10, 2019 

II. Visayas and Mindanao

Region-Wide Gatherings

Headline: NGOs Kicks off Partnership for Children in Street Situation Date: September to October 2018 

Various nonprofit groups and other stakeholders from Visayas and Mindanao met on separate occasions to jumpstart a collaboration on how to further identify the identities and assistance needed by Filipino children in street situations.  
 
The gatherings served as an opportunity for the groups with the same causes to align on its purpose and set activities of the project. 
 
Among the objectives established by the group were the following: plan on how NGOs can collaborate through the creation of a network; scope the content of the website as an electronic platform of coordination of the proposed network; and determine the research requirements to generate more data.

A. Smaller Events 

For the Visayas leg, a total of 37 attendees joined the gathering, participated in by five government agencies and 13 NGOs. 
 
The guests and speakers of the event were Linda Luz Guerrero of Social Weather Station, Ramil Anton Villafranca of Council for the Welfare of Children, and James Joseph Opider of Department of Social Welfare and Development – National.  
 
Also present were representatives from Region VI (Western Visayas), Region VII (Central Visayas), and Region VIII (Eastern Visayas). 

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The PTWG convened next in January 2019, highlighting the need to conduct child-sensitive researches on street children. The event concluded with an action plan on how to conduct further studies on this vulnerable sector. 
 
For the Mindanao leg of the network meeting, 46 participants joined including representatives from eight relevant government agencies and 12 NGOs. 
 
Also in attendance were Marian Opeña and Teresita Adle-Chua (sitting in as members of the Project Technical Working Group), Ma. Victoria Diaz of Commission on Human Rights, Linda Luz Guerrero of Social Weather Station, and James Joseph Opider of DSWD – National.  
 
Meanwhile, Regions IX (Zamboanga Peninsula), X (Northern Mindanao), XI (Davao Region), and XII (SOCCSKSARGEN) were among the representatives in the gathering. 

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Visayas Gathering of Street Children NGOs and Stakeholders Life Academy, Sta. Barbara, Iloilo |

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Mindanao Gathering of Street Children NGOs and Stakeholders Jade Dragon Suites, Davao City |

October 25-26, 2018 

III. Pilot Development of

Case Studies with CPU

Headline: NGO Network Partners with CPU to Study ‘Street Children’ Date: November 2018 to January 2019 
 
With recognition from its network that there is only limited study and current data on children in street situations (CiSS), the Street Children NGO Support Project has partnered with the Central Philippine University. 
 
The collaboration aims to address the gap in research through the actual conduct of on-ground interviews and surveys in Visayas and Mindanao. The pilot case studies were done in select communities in Panay: Estancia, Iloilo City, and Roxas City. 
 
The research was designed to understand the situation of CiSS and their families. Findings from it would be used as benchmark to develop programs, projects, and activities that aim to address the problems concerning CiSS. 

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A. Smaller Events

Formation and Conceptualization of Child-Sensitive Case Study on Street Children Central Philippine University, Iloilo City | October 11, 2018 

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Training on How to Conduct a Child-Sensitive Case Interview and Use of Instruments Central Philippine University, Iloilo City | October 29, 2018 

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C. Smaller Events

Field Deployment and Conduct of the Case Study November 26 to December 15, 2018 

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D. Smaller Events

Unraveling the Field Research Experience on Street Children Henry Luce Library, Central Philippine University |

January 16, 2019 

IV. New-Subcommittee to Protect Street Children Conducts Strategic Planning

Headline: New Sub-committee to Protect ‘Street Children’ Conducts Strategic Planning Date: March 2019 


 The newly created Sub-Committee on the Protection and Welfare of Children in Street Situations (CiSS) held a national strategic planning workshop from March 26 to 28, 2019 in Quezon City. 
 
With participants from all over the country, the workshop aimed to outline the goals and targets of the government and civil society for CiSS. The final plan is intended to be presented to the Council for the Welfare of Children (CWC) for adoption and implementation from 2019 to 2022. 
 
The Street Children NGO Support Project of the Lifebank Foundation, with its partners from Visayas (Justice, Peace & Integrity of Creation- Integrated Development Center, Inc.) and Mindanao (Tambayan Center For Children’s Rights, Inc.) joined the national planning session. 

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Hive Hotel and Convention Place, Quezon City |

March 26-28, 2019 

V. Regional Visits and Signing of Memorandum of Agreement

Headline: Street Children NGO Network Seals Partnerships thru MOA Date: September to October 2018


The Street Children NGO Support Project affirmed the commitment among it, network members, through a memorandum of agreement signed on separate occasions. 
 
During Visayas and Mindanao gatherings in September and in October 2018, the partner NGOs confirmed the necessity to forge partnership and collaboration between and among themselves, as well as with other stakeholders in pursuing the same principles and advocacy. 
 
To formalize the partnership, the Street Children NGO Support Project has formulated a Memorandum of Agreement highlighting the roles and responsibilities and the sharing protocol of research materials and knowledge products on street children. 
 
To further discuss the salient points of the MOA and set plans for the group, the project has set a series of regional visits in Region 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, and 11. 
 
Field visits were also done to deepen the understanding of the staff about the activities of partners and get insights into the street children in their respective areas. 
 
Below are photos of the signing of the Memorandum

of Agreement. 

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A. Ati Tribes Mission, Inc. (Region 6) LBF SNSP Office, Tagbak, Jaro, Iloilo City | April 16, 2019

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B. Cebu City Task Force on Street Children, JPIC-IDC Inc., Adventures: Village of Hope, Salvatorian Pastoral Care for Children, and SOS Children Village Cebu (Region 7) Pari-An Drop-In Center, Sikatuna St., Cebu City | March 1, 2019 

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C. Bata ng Calabnugan, Inc., Dumaguete Child Foster Care Project, Inc., and Little Children of the Philippine Foundation 

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D. Streetlight Philippines and Leyte-Samar Center for Change Foundation (Region 8) Tres Martirez St., Tacloban City | February 29, 2019 

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E. Katilingban sa Kalambuan Organization, Holy Trinity Open House Foundation, and Philippine Association of Social Workers, Inc.- Pagadian City Chapter (Region 9) Akay Kalinga Center, Valera St., Zamboanga City | March 19, 2019 

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F. Dire Husi Initiatives, Gugma sa Kabataan, Inc., and Philippine Island Kids International Foundation (Region 10) Hughes Bachelor Pads, Cagayan de Oro City |

March 12, 2019 

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G. Association of Psychologists and Helping Practitioners, Tambayan Center for Children’s Rights, Gloria Christi Regis Center for Street & Abandoned Children Inc., Love the Children Foundation Inc., and MARIPHIL Children’s Village (Region 11) Ateneo de Davao University, Davao City |

March 14, 2019

VI. LBMF Partners with SWS

Headline: LifeBank Foundation Partners with SWS to Uncover Truth on Children in Street Situations Date: September 2019

Engagements with Social Weather Stations On “ Estimation National and City-Level Headcounts of and Situation of Children in Street Situations (CiSS) in the Cities of Iloilo and Cagayan de Oro 
 
LifeBank Foundation has partnered in 2019 with survey powerhouse Social Weather Stations for the Street Children NGO Support Project. 
 
The deal was made to gather data on the “National and City-Level Headcounts of and Situation of Children in Street Situations (CiSS) in the Cities of Iloilo and Cagayan de Oro.” 
 
Participants huddled in a series of focus group discussions about ways to profile and estimate the number of CiSS in selected two highly urbanized cities, in Iloilo and Cagayan de Oro. The groups deliberated the operational key terms, survey instruments, fieldwork strategies, and methodologies. All these towards making street children count. 
 

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A. End of Fieldwork Assessment of the Survey Methodology on the Profiling of Children in Street Situations in Iloilo J7 Hotel, Iloilo City | July 3, 2019 

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B. End of Fieldwork Assessment of the Survey Methodology on the Profiling of Children in Street Situations in CDO 1A Express Hotel, Cagayan de Oro City | July 1, 2019 

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C. Mid-Fieldwork Assessment of the Survey Methodology on the Profiling of Children in Street Situations in Iloilo Iloilo Grand Hotel, Iloilo City | June 25, 2019  

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D. Mid-Fieldwork Assessment of the Survey Methodology on the Profiling of Children in Street Situations in CDO 1A Express Hotel, Cagayan de Oro City | June 20, 2019 

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E. Focus Group Discussion with Cagayan de Oro Street Children NGOs and Stakeholders on Profiling Children in Street Situations 1A Express Hotel, Cagayan de Oro City | May 8, 2019 

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F. Focus Group Discussion with Iloilo Street Children NGOs and Stakeholders on the Profiling of Children in Street Situations Iloilo Grand Hotel, Iloilo City | April 11, 2019 

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G. Organizational Meeting of SWS and LifeBank Foundation Group Iloilo Grand Hotel, Iloilo City | April 1-3, 2019 

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H. Pilot Discussion in NCR on the Methodology of the Research CWC Office, Quezon City | March 6, 2019 

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I. Chairman of the Board and President of LBF meets with Social Weather Stations Social Weather Stations, Quezon City | September 20, 2018 

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J. Exploratory Meeting with SWS: Accessing Data on CiSS Social Weather Stations, Quezon City | September 20, 2018 

VII. Roadshow Profile Street Children

in Iloilo, CDO

Headline: Forum on the Profile of Children in Street Situations (CiSS) in the Cities of Iloilo and Cagayan de Oro Date: August 2019 

A series of roadshow presentations were held nationwide to show the results of the profiling of Children in Street Situations (CiSS) in the cities of Iloilo and Cagayan de Oro. 
 
The three fora held in August 2019 were attended by a total of 153 participants to include following: Council for the Welfare of Children’s Subcommittee for the Protection and Welfare of CiSS, Metro Manila-based non-profits working with CiSS and relevant agencies, and key stakeholders on CiSS in Iloilo City and Cagayan de Oro City. 
 

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A. Social Weather Stations, Sikatuna Village, Quezon City | August 13, 2019 

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B. 1A Express Hotel, Claro M. Recto, Cagayan de Oro City | August 29, 2019 

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C. J7 Hotel, Iloilo City | August 27, 2019