February 23, 2018
DepEd Memorandum No. 36, s. 2018
DISSEMINATION OF PRESIDENTIAL PROCLAMATION NO. 417
(Declaring the Second Tuesday of February of Every Year as Safer Internet Day for Children Philippines)
Bureau and Service Directors
Regional Directors Schools
All Others Concerned
1. For the information and guidance of all concerned, enclosed is a copy of Presidential Proclamation No. 417 dated February 5, 2018 entitled Declaring the Second Tuesday of February of Every Year as Safer Internet Day for Children Philippines.
2. Immediate dissemination of this Memorandum is desired.
LEONOR MAGTOLIS BRIONES
BY THE PRESIDENT OF THE PHILIPPINES
PROCLAMATION NO. 417, s. 2018
DECLARING THE SECOND TUESDAY OF FEBRUARY OF EVERY YEAR AS SAFER INTERNET DAY FOR CHILDREN PHILIPPINES
WHEREAS, under Section 13, Article II of the 1987 Constitution, the State recognizes the vital role of the youth in nation-building and shall promote and protect their physical, moral, spiritual, intellectual, and social well-being;
WHEREAS, under Republic Act (RA) No. 9775, otherwise known as the “Anti-Child Pornography Act of 2009,” the State guarantees the fundamental rights of every child for protection from all forms of neglect, cruelty, and other conditions prejudicial to his/her development, endeavors to protect every child from all forms of exploitation and abuse, and complies with international treaties to which the Philippines is a signatory or a state party concerning the rights of children;
WHEREAS, RA No. 7610, as amended, otherwise known as the “Special Protection of Children Against Child Abuse, Exploitation and Discrimination Act,” declared it a policy of the State to provide special protection to children from all forms of abuse, neglect, cruelty, exploitation and discrimination, and other conditions prejudicial to their development including child labor, child prostitution and child pornography;
WHEREAS, the “Safer Internet Day,” which is celebrated annually as a call to action to promote better and safer internet use for everyone, was first introduced in 2004 in various countries in Europe and is currently being observed by more than 100 countries in the world to raise awareness on online issues faced by children;
WHEREAS, RA No. 9775 created the Inter-Agency Council Against Child Pornography (IACACP), which shall serve as a policy-making, coordinating and monitoring body on all issues and matters relative to the elimination of child pornography in the Philippines;
WHEREAS, RA No. 9775 also identified the powers and functions of IACACP, which include conducting and coordinating massive information dissemination campaigns on the provisions of the law and the various issues and problems relative to ending child pornography in the country;
WHEREAS, the IACACP, through Council Resolution No. 2 (s. 2017), favorably endorsed the approval and issuance of a Proclamation declaring the second Tuesday of February of every year as Safer Internet Day for Children Philippines;
NOW, THEREFORE, I, RODRIGO ROA DUTERTE, President of the Republic of the Philippines, by virtue of the powers vested in me by the Constitution and existing laws, do hereby declare the second Tuesday of February of every year as “Safer Internet Day for Children Philippines.”
The IACACP, in coordination with the National Youth Commission, Presidential Communications Operations Office, National Privacy Commission, Cybercrime Investigation and Coordinating Center, Technical Education and Skills Development Authority, and National Anti-Poverty Commission, shall promote the observance of the Safer Internet Day for Children Philippines, as well as determine the theme and identify the programs, projects, and activities for the yearly celebration thereof.
All other agencies and instrumentalities of the National Government, including government-owned or -controlled corporations, are hereby directed, and all local government units, as well as the private sector, are hereby encouraged, to cooperate with the IACACP in advocating and implementing programs and activities pursuant to this Proclamation.
IN WITNESS WHEREOF, I have hereunto set my hand and caused the seal of the Republic of the Philippines to be affixed.
DONE, in the City of Manila, this 5tltiay of February , in the year of our Lord, Two Thousand and Eighteen.