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Open Heart Foundation Worldwide Inc. is one of the NGOs actively promoting and monitoring the implementation of the United Nation’s Convention on the Rights of the Child (UN CRC) through its different programs. As part of advocating UN CRC, Open Heart Foundation Worldwide Inc. also participates in different consultations to review the status of children’s rights here in our country, Philippines.
On October 26-29, 2017, the Civil Society Coalition on the Convention on the Rights of the Child Inc. (CRC Coalition) conducted a Luzon Island wide consultation to CSOs and Children at Sequoia Hotel, Quezon City in preparation for the Alternative Report to be submitted to United Nation’s Committee on the Rights of the Child. The Alternative Report is passed after the State has reported to the Committee on the Rights of the Child. It highlights good practices, identify gaps and underline challenges in the implementation of legislation, programs and policies in connection to UN CRC, and can provide information that is not included in the State report, such as information that they feel is missing but would be important for the Committee to know about.
Crystal Joanne is a beneficiary of Open Heart Foundation Worldwide Inc. and a member of Children Talk to Children (C2C) Project Team facilitated the consultation with children from different NGO here in Luzon. Other four CYDP Beneficiaries from Quezon City, namely Joshua, Anna, Jeanne, and Jeremy also participated in the said consultation.
Article by: Saleah Joy Uclusin, RSW