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Canada's new caregiver program raises more questions than answers

Mar 19, 2019 - 5:00 PM

Since the Canadian government has not laid out the criteria for the new program, it has raised a lot of uncertainty about who will qualify for it

NEW PROGRAM. Care workers attend an information session about the Trudeau government's new caregiver program. Photo by Marites Sison

Children not spared by California's homelessness crisis

Mar 16, 2019 - 7:06 PM

The numbers are sobering in a state that is home to the world's fifth-largest economy but has the highest poverty rate in the US when cost-of-living is factored in

Telfair Elementary School Principal Jose Razo hands out "Thank You" notes for his students to write after a morning at Operation School Bell on February 8, 2019 in Pacoima, California, some thirty minutes drive north of downtown Los Angeles, where the children received new items such as backpacks, shoes and clothing. For Jose Razo, principal at Telfair Elementary School in Los Angeles county, his students should spend their time worrying about homework, their grades or playdates. But the harsh reality for more than a quarter of the 720 children at the school is otherwise."Food, somewhere to sleep, something to put on their back: those are the challenges our students are facing," says Razo. "Someone seven or eight years old should not have to worry about that."  Frederic J. BROWN / AFP

Davao Badjaus get birth certificates through mobile registration

Mar 08, 2019 - 8:30 AM

PRESS RELEASE: Tambayan Center for Children's Rights says the mobile birth registration aims to assist the processing of birth certificates for 300 children from the Badjau community

PH among top countries with highest increase in measles cases – Unicef

Mar 04, 2019 - 2:06 PM

Unicef Executive Director Henrietta Fore warns 'alarmingly high levels' of measles cases worldwide will have 'disastrous consequences' for children if not enough is done to strengthen immunization campaigns

HOSPITALIZED. Patients stricken with measles fill the pediatric ward of the San Lazaro Hospital in Manila on February 11, 2019. Photo by Inoue Jaena/Rappler

5 children killed in attack in Yemen's Hodeida – U.N.

Mar 03, 2019 - 6:36 PM

Unicef says the 5 children were "playing at home" when they were killed. It did not give details on the nature of the attack or the perpetrators.

Duterte vetoes bill banning corporal punishment for children

Feb 28, 2019 - 1:01 PM

(UPDATED) In his veto message, President Duterte says corporal punishment can be administered in a way 'that the children remember it not as an act of hate or abuse, but a loving act of discipline that desires only to uphold their welfare'

President Rodrigo Roa Duterte delivers his speech during the 9th anniversary of the Mindanao Development Authority (MinDA) and the 25th anniversary of the Brunei Darussalam-Indonesia-Malaysia-Philippines East ASEAN Growth Area (BIMP-EAGA) at the SMX Convention Center in Davao City on February 19, 2019. RENE LUMAWAG/PRESIDENTIAL PHOTO

Philippines, UK, Australia launch center vs online child exploitation

Feb 27, 2019 - 1:45 PM

Most child exploitation cases involve Filipino children and men from other countries. Authorities hope to stop this 'increasingly prevalent' crime.

NEW CENTER. The Philippine Internet Crimes Against Children Center is inaugurated at the Philippine National Police national headquarters Camp Crame. Photo courtesy of International Justice Mission

The antidote to nagging childhood pain

Feb 24, 2019 - 11:00 AM

Our childhood years quickly give way to the teenage years, and it is at this stage that the effects of childhood adversity usually take their toll

Baguio council proposes no-romance zone at children's park

Feb 22, 2019 - 7:14 PM

'These inappropriate acts are inimical to the welfare and moral of the children visiting the park, hence, it must be regulated,' says Councilor Joel Alangsab

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Children in conflict with the law: On finding hope and fighting fate

Feb 16, 2019 - 1:21 PM

As lawmakers debate on the MACR they think children deserve, kids continue to be exposed to environments that put them on a collision course with the law

WATCH: Pinoys invent app to help kids with autism

Feb 16, 2019 - 8:00 AM

Named Emerald District, the app aims to bridge health practitioners and people with autism

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How joking around with your brothers and sisters shapes your sense of humor

Feb 02, 2019 - 9:20 AM

Our research has taken us a step closer to finding out just how important sharing humor with a sibling may be

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[OPINION] 'We have to stand up for the children'

Jan 30, 2019 - 5:18 PM

After performing for prisoners in New York, it broke my heart when one of them said, 'we have nothing but time'

Duterte urges Filipinos to have their kids vaccinated

Jan 29, 2019 - 8:10 PM

The Dengvaxia scandal should not scare Filipinos from vaccinations against measles, polio, and tetanus, says President Rodrigo Duterte

FIGHTING MEASLES. Mothers with their children crowd health workers as they avail of the free anti-polio and anti-measles vaccination at a health center in Quezon City. Photo by Ben Nabong/Rappler

Rights groups protest outside Senate vs lowering age of criminal liability

Jan 25, 2019 - 9:08 PM

Child rights' groups including the Council for the Welfare of Children and Salinlahi Alliance for Children's Concerns appeal to senators to focus on the proper implementation of the law instead

Children'€™s advocates and other anti-MACR (Minimum Age of Criminal Responsibility) groups hold protest at the main gate of the senate on Friday, January 25, 2019. Photo by Angie de Silva/Rappler

[OPINION] Criminalization is not what we owe our children

Jan 22, 2019 - 9:46 AM

'It is unacceptable to tag a child as a criminal as if we adults and this society have no accountability for their action.'

#ChildrenNotCriminals: Rights groups slam bill lowering age of criminal liability

Jan 21, 2019 - 2:30 PM

Unicef Philippines says it is deeply concerned about the bill, describing it as 'an act of violence against children'

CHILDREN'S RIGHTS. Several rights groups slam the bill lowering the minimum age of criminal responsibility from 15 years old to 9 years old.

DSWD to 'rescue' homeless kids, IPs begging in streets during holidays

Dec 15, 2018 - 4:05 PM

The DSWD says it is closely coordinating with local government units on the effort

Heavy screen time appears to impact childrens' brains – study

Dec 10, 2018 - 8:52 AM

The study indicates 9 and 10-year-old kids spending more than 7 hours a day using smart devices or playing video games show signs of premature thinning of the cortex, the brain's outermost layer that processes sensory information

Probiotics no help to kids with stomach flu – studies

Nov 22, 2018 - 3:23 PM

Probiotics are surging in popularity, with the global market predicted to expand from $37 billion in 2015 to $64 billion by 2023

U.N. urges more efforts to integrate migrant children in schools

Nov 20, 2018 - 7:28 PM

'Education is the key to inclusion and cohesion,' says UNESCO's chief Audrey Azoulay

INCLUSIVE. UNESCO staff Mr Folin-Calabi with children at the Al Buraq school in Gaza, October 2018. Photo by Motaz Alaaraj/UNESCO

House approves bill banning corporal punishment vs children

Nov 12, 2018 - 6:20 PM

(UPDATED) The bill will now be tackled at the bicameral conference committee level, where lawmakers will reconcile conflicting provisions in the House and Senate versions

NO TO CORPORAL PUNISHMENT. Both the House and the Senate have passed their versions of the bill against corporal punishment of children.

Pneumonia to kill nearly 11 million children by 2030, study warns

Nov 12, 2018 - 10:33 AM

The study, published on World Pneumonia Day, finds scaling up existing vaccination coverage, coupled with cheap antibiotics and ensuring good nutrition for children, could save a total of 4.1 million lives

Imee, Bongbong Marcos were beneficiaries of illegal Swiss foundations

Nov 10, 2018 - 8:48 PM

'The validity of the documents, presented and offered in evidence by the prosecution, passed the scrutiny of the court,' says the anti-graft court Sandiganbayan

MARCOS SIBLINGS. Former senator Bongbong Marcos with sister Ilocos Norte Governor Imee Marcos outside the Supreme Court on April 2, 2018. Photo by LeAnne Jazul/Rappler

Most children who have their tonsils removed don't benefit

Nov 10, 2018 - 9:00 AM

Given the potential for harm, are all tonsillectomies really necessary?

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Photography exhibit by street children to be held at Museo Pambata

Nov 07, 2018 - 8:20 PM

The exhibit features photographs taken by street children living around Roxas Boulevard

UN says war-torn Yemen 'living hell' for children

Nov 04, 2018 - 9:54 PM

According to UNICEF, 1.8 million Yemeni children under the age of 5 suffer from acute malnutrition, and the lives of 400,000 severely affected children are under threat

MALNOURISHED. A Yemeni child suffering from malnutrition lies on a bed at a treatment centre in a hospital in the capital Sanaa on October 6, 2018. Photo by Mohaemmed Huwais/AFP

Yemen's infants face starvation as war rages on

Oct 28, 2018 - 7:36 PM

Four years of war between Yemen's Saudi-backed government and Huthi rebels have pushed the country to the brink of mass starvation

Children drowning in 'digital diet of pizza and sweets'

Oct 15, 2018 - 8:02 AM

With YouTube replacing Disney as the most-loved brand among young children in the US, and streaming giants encouraging binge viewing, a whole generation risk being brought up on cultural junk food, kids television program makers say

2019 local bets urged to prioritize child protection in disasters

Oct 13, 2018 - 2:57 PM

Save the Children Philippines calls on candidates in the local elections next year to support the implementation of the Children's Emergency Relief and Protection Act of 2016

989 individuals from different barangays take refuge at the Lazaro Fransisco Elementary School, in Cabanatuan City, Nueva Ecija, on September 16, 2018, after rains due to Typhoon Ompong flooded their communities. Photo by Alecs Ongcal/Rappler

UNICEF: Social norms can leave children vulnerable to abuse

Oct 10, 2018 - 1:06 PM

Long-held beliefs and traditions are often barriers to improving the situation of children in the Philippines, says UNICEF

VULNERABLE. Social norms can at times lead children more vulnerable to being abused by someone they know.

Winnie the Pooh brings laughter to Indonesian quake kids

Oct 09, 2018 - 3:03 PM

Volunteers are cheering up children across Palu with songs and games as the youngsters come to grips with a city hollowed out and twisted by nature.

WINNIE THE POOH. Indonesian children hug a Winnie the Pooh character as they attend a trauma healing program at a shelter in Palu, Indonesia's Central Sulawesi on October 8, 2018, following the September 28 earthquake and tsunami. Photo by Adek Berry/AFP

Senate approves bill to detect eye problems among pre-school children

Oct 08, 2018 - 9:31 PM

Senate Bill 1706 also creates a fund for research on eye diseases and treatment

EYE CHECK UP. Should Senate Bill 1706 be passed, children will be screened for eye problems in kindergarten. Photo from Shutterstock

Senate passes bill banning corporal punishment vs children

Oct 08, 2018 - 6:25 PM

The Positive Discipline of Children Act seeks to protect minors from all forms of physical and mental violence

Children in Boracay still vulnerable to sexual exploitation

Oct 07, 2018 - 12:53 PM

Child safety watchdog ECPAT Philippines urges Malay officials to ensure that 'child protection mechanisms are in place and functioning' when Boracay reopens to tourists on October 26

BORACAY SUNSET. Children watch the sunset in famed Boracay island. Children in tourist destinations are vulnerable to child sex tourism. File photo by Angie de Silva/Rappler

IN PHOTOS: Children of Basilan celebrate healing

Oct 06, 2018 - 11:29 AM

'Ang Basilan ay may pag-asa,' over a thousand childen of the conflict-torn province are told at the 'Festival of Love and Peace'

AS HAPPY AS CHILDREN SHOULD BE. Happy Basilan children run with stuffed toys handed out at the Festival of Love and Peace in Sumisip town on October 4, 2018. All photos by Martin San Diego/Rappler

Indonesia earthquake: Kids traumatized as rescuers race against clock

Oct 04, 2018 - 1:06 PM

(UPDATED) According to Save the Children, many youngsters are sleeping on the streets among ruins in Palu, and authorities urgently need to identify and reunite them with their relatives

REFUGE. Children pose in front of a tent on a field of a mosque where they took refuge in Palu, Indonesia's Central Sulawesi on October 1, 2018, after an earthquake and tsunami hit the area on September 28. File photo by Jewel Samad/AFP

DOH: No dengue breeding grounds at Philippine Children's Medical Center

Sep 27, 2018 - 11:30 AM

The Department of Health is still trying to determine the source of dengue, after an upsurge in cases at the hospital since May 2018

CLEAR. The DOH says there are no brreding grounds for mosquitos in Philippine Children's Medical Center. File photo from PCMC's Facebook account

DOH to investigate rise in dengue cases in Philippine Children's Medical Center

Sep 24, 2018 - 6:01 PM

The investigation comes after several doctors at the hospital contract the illnesses, with one dying from severe dengue

DENGUE MOSQUITO. While dengue is a threat throughout the year, the disease usually peaks during the rainy season. Photo of Dengue from Shutterstock, Photo of hospital from PCMC

Young girls primary victims of humanitarian strife

Sep 24, 2018 - 10:12 AM

An NGO says girls in refugee camps suffer abuse from forced marriage to denial of schooling and are '14 times more likely to die than boys in a conflict'

Released Nigerian school girls who were kidnapped from their school in Dapchi, in the northeastern state of Yobe, wait to meet the Nigerian president at the Presidential Villa in Abuja on March 23, 2018.  The Nigerian president promised on March 23, 2018 to free the remaining Christian schoolgirl still held by the Islamist militants Boko Haram, as he prepared to meet the other released Dapchi students. A total of 104 of the 110 students seized from the school in Dapchi on February 19 were released on March 21, 2018. / AFP PHOTO / PHILIP OJISUA / “The erroneous mention[s] appearing in the metadata of this photo by PHILIP OJISUA has been modified in AFP systems in the following manner: [school girls ] instead of [Christian school girls ]. Please immediately remove the erroneous mention[s] from all your online services and delete it (them) from your servers. If you have been authorized by AFP to distribute it (them) to third parties, please ensure that the same actions are carried out by them. Failure to promptly comply with these instructions will entail liability on your part for any continued or post notification usage. Therefore we thank you very much for all your attention and prompt action. We are sorry for the inconvenience this notification may cause and remain at your disposal for any further information you may require.”

Finalists for the 2018 Asian International Children’s Film Festival to fly to Japan

Sep 22, 2018 - 9:35 AM

High school students from all over the Philippines submitted 3-minute film entries under the theme “Self-Responsibility"

Doctor at Philippine Children's Medical Center dies of severe dengue

Sep 21, 2018 - 1:04 PM

The hospital notes an 'upsurge' in acute dengue cases since May 2018

'Different perspectives': Director for Robin Padilla's Marawi movie resigns

Sep 20, 2018 - 10:49 AM

'Children of the Lake,' produced by Robin Padilla, Piolo Pascual, and Joyce Bernal, is about the 2017 Marawi siege

Fil-am actor Joshua dela Cruz is host of ‘Blues Clues’ reboot

Sep 14, 2018 - 3:00 PM

Blue is skidooing with someone new

BLUE'S CLUES. Joshua Dela Cruz is the new host of the reboot of the classic children's show. Screenshot from Facebook.com/NickSplat

Read the letter Lucy Torres-Gomez wrote for daughter Juliana 16 years ago

Sep 11, 2018 - 6:18 PM

‘Enjoy your first kiss but don’t get swept off your feet,’ she writes, among other things

BIRTHDAY WISHES. Lucy Torres-Gomez celebrates her daughter Juliana's 18th birthday. Screenshot from Instagram.com/gomezjuliana

US moves to remove limits on detaining immigrant children

Sep 07, 2018 - 5:09 PM

The Department of Homeland Security files a proposal in the Federal Register indicating it would end its adherence to the Flores Settlement, a 1997 agreement with a federal court to not detain children separated from their parents for more than 20 days

CHILDREN'S FATE. This June 21, 2018 file photo shows security personal standing before shoes and toys left at the Tornillo Port of Entry in Tornillo, Texas where minors crossing the border without proper papers have been housed after being separated from adults. File photo by Brendan Smialowski/AFP

U.S. government still holds 565 immigrant children

Aug 18, 2018 - 9:53 AM

The Office of Refugee Resettlement says that parents of 366 of the 565 children are outside of the United States, some of which were against reunification with the children or were flagged as threats

A Mexican woman holds a doll next to children at the Paso Del Norte Port of Entry, in the US-Mexico border in Chihuahua state, Mexico on June 20, 2018.  US President Donald Trump said Wednesday he would sign an executive order to keep migrant families together at the border with Mexico, amid an escalating uproar over the separation of children from their parents. / AFP PHOTO / HERIKA MARTINEZ

Walk in the woods: Japan toddler missing for 3 days found alive

Aug 15, 2018 - 7:07 PM

The toddler's miraculous survival is all the more astonishing given the hot weather in Japan in recent weeks

Children’s council chief charged over P10M worth of ghost projects

Jul 30, 2018 - 5:22 PM

Mary Mitzi Cajayon Uy used as conduit an NGO previously linked to a pork barrel scam

CHARGED. Former Caloocan Representative Mary Mitzi Cajayon-Uy is charged with graft, malversation of public funds, and malversation thru falsification of public documents over P10 million PDAF scam. Photo from CWC website

700 separated children still in U.S. custody after deadline

Jul 27, 2018 - 1:44 PM

US officials tell a California court 1,442 children aged five and older had been reunited with their parents, but more than 700 children remain in custody

POOR KIDS. This June 21, 2018 file photo shows security personal standing before shoes and toys left at the Tornillo Port of Entry in Tornillo, Texas where minors crossing the border without proper papers have been housed after being separated from adults.Photo by Brendan Smialowski/AFP