Provincial Government of Bulacan

PGB, DOT and ECPAT perpetrate Child Safe Tourism seminar

CITY OF MALOLOS- Through the joint effort of the Provincial Government of Bulacan, Department of Tourism Region III and End Child Prostitution, Child Pornography and the Trafficking of Children for Sexual Purposes (ECPAT) Philippines, they perpetrated Child Safe Tourism Seminar via Zoom recently.
The seminar tackled DOT’s newest program dubbed as Tourism Integrates, Supports, and Minds Women’s Respect and Child Safety (TourISM WoRCS Program) and was attended by Bulacan Association Resort Owners and Bulacan Private Resorts.

It aims to inform participants about the tourism industry, its effect on children, and the steps being taken to protect the children, encourage the implementation of policies and practices to discourage child violence and neglect, and motivate participants to become child advocates and proponents of a tourism community that respects children’s rights.

According to Provincial History, Arts, Culture and Tourism Office, tourism is considered as one of the largest industries that rakes in income to economies and communities worldwide. However, alongside the benefit it brings are its downsides that include social issues like the vulnerability of children working and living in tourist areas.

“Matagal na nating ipinaglalaban ang karapatan ng mga bata, ipinagbabawal ang child labor at child trafficking. Ang mga kabataan po ang pag-asa ng bayan pero hindi naman po ibig sabihing pwede natin silang pagkakitaan at ibenta ang kanilang mga Karapatan. Tandaan po nating responsibilidad nating mga nakakatanda, mga magulang ang ating mga kabataan,” Fernando said. ###