Palace assures orphaned children’s welfare being looked after by DSWD

February 24, 2014 7:54 am 

By Azer N. Parrocha

MANILA, Feb 23 (PNA) — Malacanang on Sunday assured that the Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) was taking care of Filipino orphaned children.

Presidential Communications Operations Office (PCOO) secretary Herminio Coloma Jr. in an interview on state-run dzRB Radyo ng Bayan, said this as the agency’s celebration of Adoption Consciousness Week came to a close.

Coloma said that the DSWD was following the principle of looking after the welfare and human rights of orphaned children put up for adoption.

“Maging sila ay naulila o nawalan ng mga kamag-anak na mag-aalaga sa kanila ay kinakailangan pa ring tiyakin na sila ay sapat na map-protektahan ng mga batas at kinakailangan ding pangalagaan sila at ilayo sa panganib,” Coloma said.

(“Whether they have been orphaned or have lost relatives to take care of them, it is still necessary to ensure that they are protected by the laws, taken cared of and led away from harm,” Coloma said.)

The PCOO chief stressed the importance of looking after orphaned children since they are the most susceptible to human trafficking.

“Kung hindi to hihigpitan o susubaybayan ng husto ay maaaring magsamantala yung mga engaged sa human trafficking,” he added.

(“If this is not done strictly or not kept track of this could allow those engaged in human trafficking to take advantage of them,” he added.)

Coloma said that the DSWD will also continue to push for a legal adoption process for orphaned children, in accordance with existing laws. (PNA)



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