The Children’s Rights and Development cluster of Lopez Group Foundation Inc. enjoined Lopez Group employees to come on board as sponsors, donors or volunteers as it presented its pilot project during the Learning Synergy in Action session of the HR Council membership meeting (GMM).
Knowledge Channel Foundation Inc. (KCFI) operations director Edric Calma and ABS-CBN Foundation Inc. (AFI)-Bantay Bata 163 program head Vicky Libao updated the GMM participants on the cluster’s project in Brgy. Malabrigo.
The group has chosen the barangay in Lobo, Batangas, considered a geographically isolated and disadvantaged area with a high poverty incidence rate, to be the pilot site for a child’s right community model. It aims to raise the local children’s awareness of their rights while boosting the parents’ and other caregivers’ awareness of children’s rights and positive parenting. As well, it hopes to train child development workers (CDWs), barangay health workers (BHWs), barangay nutrition scholars (BNSs) and other local stakeholders in child abuse prevention and response.
In all, it hopes to reach 200 children, 120 parents and six CDWs, BHWs and BNSs in Brgy. Malabrigo.
The initial rollout, set for this month, includes training 30 parents of ECD children on online safety and using social media responsibly.
Calma and Libao said Lopez Group employees can participate in the project by sponsoring one child for P200 or a parent for P300 to cover training costs and access to information, education and communication materials plus internet access for the latter, or by donating books and toys.
Aside from KCFI and AFIBantay Bata 163, the Children’s Rights and Development cluster includes Ang Misyon Inc., ABS-CBN News and Current Affairs and Phil-Asia Assistance Foundation Inc. from the Lopez Group and external partners ECPAT Philippines and Save the Children.