Tatag CPC Program
Schools have encountered tremendous challenges in implementing Child Protection Committees (CPCs). These challenges are in the form of human resources and skill deficiency.
Pursuant to Department of Education (DepEd) Department Order (DO) No. 40, s. 2012, each school is mandated to organize and convene a Child Protection Committee (CPC). In order to fully capacitate the CPCs, there is a need to offer opportunities for the CPCs to be fully aware of their mandate and be functional in performing their roles and responsibilities. Further, under the DepEd Order 003, s. 2021, the Child Protection Unit (CPU) is mandated to provide intervention mechanisms related to child protection at different governance levels of DepEd. One of the intervention mechanisms is to provide capacity building training for CPCs.
Thus, the CPU has introduced the “Tatag CPC” Program which aims to promote the functionality, establishment, and strengthening of Child Protection Committees (CPCs).
The training workshop on child protection concerns capacitates teachers in fulfilling their roles in child protection committees (CPCs). It orients them with the relevant laws, policies, and DepEd orders on child protection, assists them in crafting the school-based child protection policy, supports them in developing information, education, and communication (IEC) materials for advocacy promotions, and familiarize with the duties and responsibilities of the Central Office, Regional Offices, Division Offices, Schools, school personnel, learners, and CPCs.
At the end of the training workshop, the participants are expected to realize that with all the active participation and coordination of the child protection committees (CPCs) in the Philippines, the protection of the children against abuse, exploitation, violence, discrimination, bullying, and other acts of abuse will be fully guaranteed which also in line with the motto: “Karapatan sa Ligtas na Paaralan, Sama-samang Makakamtan.”