L-R: Elvira Yulo, former Bantay Bata 163 ResMob manager; Jing CastañedaVelasco, Bantay Bata 163 program director; Carlo L. Katigbak, ABS-CBN president; Lotta Sylwander, UNICEF Philippines country representative; and Dr. Luisa Puyat, Bantay Bata 163 volunteerBantay Bata 163 kicked off its 20th anniversary through Cocktails for a Cause, a fundraiser held recently at the Embassy of Singapore. The event was hosted by Ambassador Kok Li Peng.
Close to 200 supporters and representatives from the diplomatic corps, the business community, media and government celebrated Bantay Bata 163’s milestones and committed to rally behind the fight against the new face of abuse—the online sexual exploitation of children.
ABS-CBN president and CEO Carlo L. Katigbak in his welcome remarks delivered on behalf of ABS-CBN Lingkod Kapamilya Foundation Inc. (ALKFI) chairman Eugenio Lopez III recommitted the company’s full support to Bantay Bata 163.
United Nations Children’s Fund Philippines country representative Lotta Sylwander and Bantay Bata 163 program director Jing Castañeda-Velasco each made a presentation on the challenges that children and families face in light of the proliferation of cybersex crimes.
Velasco also presented the programs and services of Bantay Bata 163, which are available in Metro Manila and in eight regions in the country.
“Bantay Bata 163 has always been known to take the road less traveled, the more difficult path. It is only by choosing this difficult path that we are able to challenge standards, exert influence, move others to act and improve lives, not only of children but society at large,” Velasco said.
ALKFI managing director Susan Afan acknowledged those who supported the event like Amb. Kok, Sylwander, Netherlands Amb. Marion Derckx, Philippine Wine Merchants and The Wine Museums chairman Robert Joseph Jr., chef Jessie Sincioco, Mario’s Kitchen, Dee’s Gourmet Popcorn and the Orchestra of the Filipino Youth.