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TAYO ang Bantay Bata: Bawat Isa, Para Sa Bata

ABS-CBN Foundation
February 17, 2023

Bantay Bata 163 celebrates 26 years of service to Filipino Children

ABS-CBN Foundation Bantay Bata 163 celebrates 26 years of serving and nurturing Filipino children this February. To kick off the anniversary, Bantay Bata 163 held its Child Safe Schools Culmination Activity online together with its partner schools namely Surigao City Pilot School, Banaba Elementary School, Malabrigo Elementary School, Pila Elementary School, and Muzon Pabahay (2000) Elementary School last February 11.

“Child safety is a shared responsibility,” Dr. Marylendra A. Penetrante, CEO of Children and Youth Wellness Technical and Advocacy Centre, reiterated in her message during the Culmination Activity. “It is not only the responsibility of the family, it is also a shared responsibility of the school. We have an obligation to make sure our children feel safe,” she added.

Bantay Bata 163 opens the year with “Tayo ang Bantay Bata,” a campaign that emphasizes the importance of building a community committed to the safety and welfare of children. Bantay Bata’s programs, namely Child Safe Schools, Project MIND, and HELPLINE 163, are effectively a community effort by the Foundation, its partners, government offices, its service providers, and many more.  

“Together with the ABS-CBN Foundation, through its program Bantay Bata 163, we are grateful that you took a step with us and supported our advocacy for Filipino children. We all want the same vision – to put meaning and concrete action to the saying “Ang kabataan ang pag-asa ng bayan,” shared Higino T. Dungo, ABS-CBN Foundation Chief Operating Officer.

In the coming months, Bantay Bata 163 aims to bring safer spaces to more children with their Child Safe Communities project launch and to extend their volunteer network through Project MIND.

ABS-CBN Foundation Bantay Bata 163 believes that it truly takes a village to raise a child. Over the years of safeguarding Filipino children, the Bantay Bata team understands first-hand the task of caring, nurturing, and loving children who are most in need. What resonates with them the most, much like parents and caregivers, is seeing the children whom they took in step into the world confidently to live a life that they deserve.