ECPAT
The Anti-Child Pornography Campaign

ECPAT Philippines has networked and lobbied with governments, law enforcement, the technology industry and other NGOs to develop protocols for reporting and responding to child pornography. ECPAT has supported the Philippine government to respond comprehensively to the issue of child pornography, through the establishment of awareness and education campaigns and other measures to help identify and assist the child victims. In 2009, ECPAT Philippines was a major advocate organisation, among others, in lobbying for the development of a comprehensive national Anti-Child Pornography legislation, which resulted in the Republic Act (RA) 9775 or the Anti-Child Pornography Act of 2009.

 

ECPAT has been appointed by President Benigno Aquino Jr. as NGO representative on the Inter-agency Council against Child Pornography. ECPAT aims to address the major concerns within the implementation of the legislation and provides strong recommendations to the government through reports that analyse the current lack of implementation of Republic Act (RA) 9775 or the Anti-Child Pornography Act of 2009.


 


ECPAT Philippines spearheaded the Make-IT Safe Campaign as early as 2006. This campaign raised awareness on the risks  that online technology brings to minors and adolescents especially in schools and communities. The Make-IT-Safe campaign and advocacy program also mobilized and created dialogue with 120 Internet shops in the major islands in the Philippines Luzon, Visayas and Mindanao to join in the campaign and address concerns within their establishments. The campaign is comprised of three key components - a school campaign against child pornography, a community campaign, and work with Internet café owners to help make IT safe for children and young people. A Philippine Code of Conduct of Internet Café Owners was developed and adopted by the internet café owners reached by the program.