RP's exemplary practices in the field of int'l adoption hailed

December 13, 2009 1:05 pm 

MANILA, Dec. 13 — The Permanent Bureau of The Hague Conference on Private International Law has recognized the exemplary practices of the Philippines in the field of International Adoption.

In a letter to the Department of Social Welfare and Development (DPWH), Jennifer Degeling of the Permanent Bureau said the Philippines has a very good practice on inter-country adoption.

The country's adoption program is being implemented by the Inter-country Adoption Board (ICAB), an attached agency of the DSWD which serves as the central authority for inter-country adoption.

"Hence, the Philippines’ intercountry adoption system will be included in the new ‘Intercountry Adoption Guide to Good Practice,’ of the Permanent Bureau," she said.

Its good practices will be in the chapter titled “Perspectives from Receiving Countries and Countries of Origin.” This will contain a description of the structures and arrangements regarding accredited bodies in the Philippines.

Degeling added other countries are expected to learn from the good practices of the Philippines.

“The readers of the new guide will have the opportunity to see concrete examples of how the intercountry adoption system is being done in the Philippines and how various sectors are working together to effectively implement a well-organized system,” DSWD Secretary Esperanza I. Cabral said.

Cabral is the chairperson of ICAB with DSWD Undersecretary Luwalhati F. Pablo as alternate chairperson.

Meanwhile, the ICAB was tapped by the Permanent Bureau to provide technical assistance to the Cambodian Government for the effective implementation of the 1993 Hague Convention on Protection of Children and Cooperation in respect of inter-country adoption.

The Hague Conference on Private International Law is an international organization that works for the progressive unification of the rules of private international law. (PNA) LDV/PFN

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