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Children's Peace Camp 2010

Every year, the Children’s Rehabilitation Center conducts its Children’s Peace Camp where children of victims and children victims of human rights violations gather for solidarity in their call for justice.

Children’s Peace Camp 2010 was held last December 5, 2010, at the grounds of Bantayog ng mga Bayani in Quezon City. This year's activity was supported by The Netherlands based solidarity organization, Stitchting voor Filippijnse Kinderen and the Philippine Advocacy Through Arts and Culture (PATAC), an organization of Filipino-Canadian artists based in Canada in cooperation with the office of Bayan Muna Representative Neri Colmenares   A group from a call center company, Global Stream Solutions also helped out in the activities through gift giving and facilitating some games for the children.

There were 40 children aged 3 years old to 16 years old and 14 adults-guardians who participated in the peace camp. The participants were children-victims of human rights violations and children of victims of enforced disappearance, extra-judicial killings, and political detainees such as those 43 health workers illegally detained in February 2010. 

The activity was filled not only with fun and games for the children but more importantly with the call for justice for their parents and loved ones.  The gift-giving from the call center volunteers made the children feel the spirit of Christmas and ensured that they did not go home empty-handed.  

The Peace Camp also became the venue of an art contest scponsored by Bayan Muna through the Office of Rep Neri Colmenares.  The contest, with the theme: “Panawagan ng mga bata kay PNoy: Kapayapaang nakabatay sa Katarungan”, provided the venue to show the artistic skills of the children and at the same time to express their calls for justice and peace.  The children were grouped into 5 and were asked to create a mural echoing the theme.  

The awarding of winners of the contest was held the next day, December 6, 2010 at the North wing lobby of the House of Representatives in Quezon City, after the short program to start human rights week at the House of Representatives. Aside from Bayan Muna Representative Neri Colmenares among the judges were Gabriela Women’s Party Representative, Luzviminda Ilagan, Former Representative of Bayan Muna and now Bayan Muna President Satur Ocampo, Chairperson of Karapatan Alliance for the Advancement of People’s Rights, Ms. Amaryllis Hilao – Enriquez, Rep. Emmeline  Aglipay  of DIWA Partylist, Mrs. Rose Yu, Representative of Congressional Spouses Foundation, Inc.  and wife of Rep. Victor Yu of the 1st District of Zamboanga del Sur) and Ms. Annie Nacianceno - Representative, Presidential Commission for the Urban Poor.

Children who participated in the Peace Camp were also present in the event together with their parents and/or guardians.  Each group had a representative to collect their prize.  Again, none of the groups went home empty-handed with each group receiving cash prizes which were equally divided among the members of the winning group. Groceries were also distributed to the families present as well as those who were not able to attend the event but were present during the Peace Camp.  The murals were exhibited in the north wing lobby of HOR for the duration of Human Rights Week.

Prior to the peace camp, in the morning of December 5, 2010 children also participated in the Children’s Solidarity Action (CSA) spearheaded by Salinlahi Alliance for Children’s Concerns.  Through this activity, the children expressed their calls on the government to respect children’s rights and seek justice for the children whose rights have been violated. Children marched from Bustillos Church to Chino Roces Monument (former Mendiola Bridge) in Manila holding placards with their demands and calls for the new president to take necessary actions on the issues concerning children and their families. There were several children from urban poor communities and victims of human rights violations who shared their experiences and calls in the program. Particularly highlighted was the call for the release of the 43 health workers whose children were among those present and the end to CAFGU recruitment of minors in Batangas and in other areas as well.

The children from different communities in Metro Manila participated in various workshops where they tackled their rights and their situation as children from various sectors prior to the mass action in Mendiola.


Photos of Peace Camp 2010  



visual arts contest


Awarding in Congress