Bantay Bata

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Bantay Bata 163
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The official logo of the foundation.
Formation February 14, 1997
Headquarters Philippines Mother Ignacia (corner Scout Albano), 1103 Quezon City, Philippines
Website [1]

Bantay Bata 163 (Tagalog pronunciation: [ˈban taɪ ˈbaːtaʔ]) is a social welfare program of the ABS-CBN Foundation. Launched in 1997, it aims to protect disadvantaged and at-risk children through a nationwide network of social services. Among these services is the national emergency hotline, '163', which allows people to call in and report incidents of child abuse, exploitation and neglect.[1][2]

Bantay Bata has offices in the major cities in the Philippines which allows it to respond immediately to the emergency calls. They are also able to offer online counseling for child-family relationships[3] and assist victims of child sexual exploitation. The program also works with the national and local government agencies such as, the Department of Social Welfare and Development (Philippines) (DSWD).[4]

From its establishment, Bantay Bata has become one of the most widely supported causes in the Philippines.[5]

History[edit]

Batay Bata 163 was established on February 14, 1997, as a hotline and rescue operation of the ABS-CBN Foundation.[6] Though the ABS-CBN Regional Network Group the it expanded its service in these following areas:

  • Davao - August 2000
  • Cebu and Iloilo - January 2005
  • Bicol and Zamboanga - February 2006
  • Negros - 2007
  • Pangasinan - October 2008
  • Laguna and General Santos - February 2012.

Before the centralized hotline was launched in July 2005, regional hotline was different from city to city.

Projects[edit]

Children’s Crisis Center[edit]

Bantay Bata also operates the Children’s Crisis Center providing temporary shelter to rescued children before their cases are resolved legally. Children are provided with therapy and educational opportunities before they are reunited with their families or referred to proper child caring agencies.[2][7]

Children's Village[edit]

Bantay Bata also established a Children’s Village to house and care for children who require further attention. Located in the outskirts of Metropolitan Manila, the Children's Village provides health and wellness care, nutrition, education and psychological development for these disadvantaged and at-risk kids.[7]

Philippine President Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo led the groundbreaking ceremonies of the Bantay Bata 163 Children's Village March 29 in Norzagaray, Bulacan.[8] The Village was officially opened on May 10, 2003 and inaugurated in November of the same year. Its construction was the collaboration of efforts by various companies and supporters who have generously donated their resources to build this paradise for the children.[9]

Child Trafficking[edit]

Bantay Bata 163 is also actively involved in combatting and dealing with the problems of Child Trafficking in the Philippines. This includes: The act of trading or dealing with children, including but not limited to, the buying and selling children for money, or for any other consideration, or barter; and sexual exploitation wherein, children whether male or female, who for money, profit or any other consideration or due to the coercion or influence of any adult, syndicate or group, indulge in sexual intercourse or lascivious conduct, are deemed to be children exploited in prostitution and other sexual abuse.[10][11]

Services[edit]

  1. Direct Child Protective Services
  2. Residential Services
  3. Community and Family Support Services

Batay Bata Regional Services[edit]

References[edit]

External links[edit]