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"I Can Do Something!":
Youth Advocates Take on the 2021 Youth For Safety
National Youth Summit
by: Ma. Luisa A. Bautista
"…as a youth, you can participate in anything that will result in your development, growth, and significance to the community where you have influence." PCMN National Director, Ms. Fe A. Foronda, stated as welcome remarks during the National Youth Summit with the theme: "Kabataan sa Panahon ng Pandemya, May Magagawa Ako!" (Youth amidst Pandemic: I Can Do Something!) last April 10.
A total of 73 participants consisting of Youth Advocates and mentors of the PCMN Youth for Safety (Y4S) Youth Organization gathered virtually to attend the National Youth Summit (Assembly).
To bring solidarity to the participants, Ms. Foronda recommended significance to the phrase I CAN Do. The phrase I Can Do meant,
I am a Caring and compassionate youth Advocate, with eNdless opportunities to DO good to our society.
This is a fitting mantra as all including the youth are impacted by the lockdowns due to pandemics. But this does not mean, the youth stop to make meaningful participation in doing good to society.
PCMN held its 21st General Assembly with the theme: Thriving in the New Landscape last February 19
Words of Welcome by PCMN BOT Chairperson, Fr. Lendehl Sallidao
Devotional by Compassion Internation Philippines National Director, Mr. Noel Pabiona
PCMN VIDEO ID
safety of children online module (parents module)
Panatag na Kaisipan: Isang serye tungkol sa "mental health" para sa mga bata
Message from the National Director
...there is so much uncertainties on how to proceed, but grateful that His guidance saw us through to today- thriving, learning, pursuing!
Greetings of peace to all partners, member agencies, regional networks, stakeholders, family, youth and children!
The whole year of 2020 has been both a challenge and a renewal for many. The whole creation is groaning due to the difficulties of multiple and complex disasters that hit the country. The attendant needs to vulnerable children, youth and families are many and multiplied by the second. Violence against children has not abated but has increased during the pandemic. There is a spike in children's abuse of materials proliferating on the internet as compared to last year. The ministry to children will never be ending and their world (our world) remains broken.
Despite all of the challenges, we take consolation on this, that ‘We are not alone’! The Holy Spirit is groaning with us, advocating and praying for us! (Romans 8: 37).
The 4th quarter saw PCMN with continuing vigor to respond to specific needs of the most at-risk children. We solidified our partnerships through MOU signing with the City Division of Schools in Dasmarinas, Iligan, and Antipolo cities.
Fe A. Forona, RSW, MSW
National Director, PCMN
We closed ranked with our local government partners including the offices of the City Executives and barangays, the Violence Against Women and Children Desks, the Sangguniang Kabataan offices, and the Local Councils for the Protection of Children towards our educational campaigns on the safety of children online.
In response to COVID-19, we implemented likewise the food and hygiene kit distribution to survivors of abuse and cash grants to vulnerable families coupled with an awareness campaign against online sexual abuse and exploitation against children.
In the period, our partnership with the municipalities of Makilala in North Cotabato and Magsaysay in Davao Del Sur ended with 15,000 individuals helped in ten evacuation camps who were survivors of the 2019 earthquakes and garnered 225 strong local church volunteers, a precursor of a future network for children at risk.
This quarter, specifically on December 10, we would have ended our COVID-19 response which is an integrated cash transfer,
Family and Children Phone Mentoring Program and anti-OSEC education campaign in Iligan City. Praise God, another 3,500 families are helped with this project assisted by the 100 volunteers from the Iligan Children’s Ministries Network and the VAWC of each 9 barangay covered by the project.
PCMN’s 12 Network Regional Coordinators and Officers finished their 6 session-Network Training Course with Viva, and the implementation of the Family and Child Phone Mentoring Program. They are now best equipped to organize and mobilize their local church and ministry membership.
As we sit down and assess the gains of the year, we can only thank God, when in March at the beginning of the lockdown, there are so many uncertainties on how to proceed, but grateful that His guidance saw us through to today- thriving, learning, pursuing!
With the Board of Trustees, staff, and volunteers of PCMN, with all the stakeholders, we thank our project and funding partners for the year who journeyed with us, Daghang Salamat, Maraming Salamat Po! It was an exhilarating year, but nevertheless fruitful and blessed.#