“Why Investing in Children is Good for Business”

November 15, 2019

The Ateneo Human Rights Center (AHRC) through its Child Rights Desk named Adhikain para sa Karapatang Pambata (AKAP), with support from Save the Children Philippines, held a conference with the theme “Why Investing in Children is Good for Business” last November 4 in Vivere Hotel, Alabang, Muntinlupa City.“
 
The conference presented the highlights of the Situational Analysis of Existing Laws, Policies and Programs Related to Children's Rights and Business Principles (CRBP) in the Workplace (2, 3, 4) in the Philippines, which was undertaken by AHRC-AKAP from March to November of this year. As part of the study, a series of consultations were conducted in Laguna, Tacloban City, and Davao City with partners from the business sector, government agencies, children from child rights organizations, and beneficiaries and interns of government immersion programs. These consultations yielded substantial inputs as regards the governing legal and policy frameworks, existing good practices, as well as challenges and gaps in relation to CRBP 2 (eliminating child labor), CRBP 3 (provision of decent work to young workers, parents, and caregivers), and CRBP 4 (protection of children in all business facilities and activities).
 

Dean Jose Maria G. Hofileña  underscores the imporance of investing in the children and protecting their human rights. 

Jose Maria G. Hofileña of the Ateneo Law School, in his opening message, highlighted the responsibility of providing real opportunities for young people to unearth and harness their potential in a manner that transforms them into productive and responsible contributors to a healthy business community. He put forward the challenge to reflect on why investing in children and protecting children’s human rights will ultimately redound to the benefit not only of children, but also to the benefit of businesses and the broader community.
 
To underscore the importance of child participation when tackling issues relevant to children, a separate conference for the children and young people was held on November 12. The participants represented child rights organizations, beneficiaries of government programs on youth employment, and interns of government immersion programs who took part in the study by generously sharing their insights based on their personal experiences as previous child labor workers, work and industry immersion interns, and K-12 students. During the conference, Ms. Zcyrel Barola, a child leader from EDUCO Philippines and one of the ten child advisors who worked on developing the child-friendly version of the United Nations Convention on the Rights of the Child was provided an opportunity to share her journey as a young child rights advocate. She highlighted how her journey as a child rights advocate started with ChildTALK, AHRC’s pioneering training program where children learn about their rights, how to protect them and are taught to be peer-trainors.

Participants pose for a group photo.
Participants pose for a group photo.

The successful completion of the study was made possible through the active partnership of AHRC with the Department of Labor and Employment, Department of Education, Department of Social Welfare and Development, Employers’ Confederation of the Philippines and the Philippine Association of Legitimate Service Contractors of the Philippines.


Youth leaders share their personal experiences. 

 
Through the study, AHRC hopes to encourage the integration of the Children's Rights and Business Principles in legal and policy frameworks, as well as business models and practices in the Philippines, as well as substantially contribute to the formation of future initiatives, responses and strategies anchored on the core principles of children’s rights.

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  • “Why Investing in Children is Good for Business”
    Friday, November 15, 2019

    The Ateneo Human Rights Center (AHRC) through its Child Rights Desk named Adhikain para sa Karapatang Pambata (AKAP), with support from Save the Children Philippines, held a conference with the theme “Why Investing in Children is Good for Business” last November 4 in Vivere Hotel, Alabang, Muntinlupa City.“
     
    The conference presented the highlights of the Situational Analysis of Existing Laws, Policies and Programs Related to Children's Rights and Business Principles (CRBP) in the Workplace (2, 3, 4) in the Philippines, which was undertaken by AHRC-AKAP from March to November of this year. As part of the study, a series of consultations were conducted in Laguna, Tacloban City, and Davao City with partners from the business sector, government agencies, children from child rights organizations, and beneficiaries and interns of government immersion programs. These consultations yielded substantial inputs as regards the governing legal and policy frameworks, existing good practices, as well as challenges and gaps in relation to CRBP 2 (eliminating child labor), CRBP 3 (provision of decent work to young workers, parents, and caregivers), and CRBP 4 (protection of children in all business facilities and activities).
     

    Dean Jose Maria G. Hofileña  underscores the imporance of investing in the children and protecting their human rights. 

    Jose Maria G. Hofileña of the Ateneo Law School, in his opening message, highlighted the responsibility of providing real opportunities for young people to unearth and harness their potential in a manner that transforms them into productive and responsible contributors to a healthy business community. He put forward the challenge to reflect on why investing in children and protecting children’s human rights will ultimately redound to the benefit not only of children, but also to the benefit of businesses and the broader community.
     
    To underscore the importance of child participation when tackling issues relevant to children, a separate conference for the children and young people was held on November 12. The participants represented child rights organizations, beneficiaries of government programs on youth employment, and interns of government immersion programs who took part in the study by generously sharing their insights based on their personal experiences as previous child labor workers, work and industry immersion interns, and K-12 students. During the conference, Ms. Zcyrel Barola, a child leader from EDUCO Philippines and one of the ten child advisors who worked on developing the child-friendly version of the United Nations Convention on the Rights of the Child was provided an opportunity to share her journey as a young child rights advocate. She highlighted how her journey as a child rights advocate started with ChildTALK, AHRC’s pioneering training program where children learn about their rights, how to protect them and are taught to be peer-trainors.

    Participants pose for a group photo.
    Participants pose for a group photo.

    The successful completion of the study was made possible through the active partnership of AHRC with the Department of Labor and Employment, Department of Education, Department of Social Welfare and Development, Employers’ Confederation of the Philippines and the Philippine Association of Legitimate Service Contractors of the Philippines.


    Youth leaders share their personal experiences. 

     
    Through the study, AHRC hopes to encourage the integration of the Children's Rights and Business Principles in legal and policy frameworks, as well as business models and practices in the Philippines, as well as substantially contribute to the formation of future initiatives, responses and strategies anchored on the core principles of children’s rights.