BARMM selected areas undergo Child Rights Situational Analysis

MARAWI CITY – The Bangsamoro Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao (BARMM) selected areas are part of the ongoing research on Child Rights Situational Analysis (CRSA) being conducted by the Save the Children Philippines, Consortium of Bangsamoro Civil Society (CBCS) and the four ministers of BARMM who signed a Memorandum of agreement (MoA) last July 1, 2019 in Cotabato City.

The Ministry on Social Services (MSS), Ministry of Health (MOH), Ministry of Interior and Local Government (MILG), and Ministry of Basic, Higher and Technical Education (MBHTE) are among the local partners of the said non-government organizations that support and promote the rights of children, particularly in Mindanao.

Nasrudin Asi, Program Coordinator of Save the Children Mindanao said that the research is to know the situation of every Child in the Bangsamoro region for the duty bearer to respond on their basic needs.

“That is why we partnered these ministries because we are assured that they will provide the needs of every Child specially in the conflict affected and natural prone disaster BARMM areas,” Asi said.

Asi added that the MILG can immediately tap the local government units in the BARMM for the program as well as the MSS for the Child Protection concern and other services.

“On the Ministry of Health, we are assured that the WASH program is served, and the on the part MBHTE, all the needs in relation to education are observed,” Asi stressed.

The Socio-economic advancement is among of the concerns of this program said Asi.

The research being undertaken comprises both urban and rural areas of Cotabato City, North Up in Maguindanao, Butig of Lanao del Sur province, Marawi City, Sulu and Tawi-Tawi because of the high poverty incidence and conflict-affected areas.

A focus group discussion (FGD) and key-informant interview (KII) is a tool used in the gathering of data.  The participants are 10 adult women, 10 adult men, 10 male Children age 9-17 years old, and 9-17 years old female. The data will be analyzed by a consultant.

According to Fanny Divino, Save the Children senior program manager for Mindanao, the result of CRSA will be utilized in the development of programs and policies for children by all concerned institutions. 

“This is to ensure that every needs of every last child in the region are effectively and meaningfully provided by the duty-bearers, through evidence-based and participatory approach,” Divino said.

The research commenced with the orientation of the researchers on July 8, 2019 and the deployment of team for the actual data gathering started on July 10 and it will end on July 20, however, Joahary Ayo, CBCS focal person in Ranao region said the MOA will last until December 31 this year or may be extended for any duration upon mutual written agreement of all parties.