Bantay Bata 163

Bantay Bata 163 in Enrile, Cagayan

Eva Mae Nares
January 13, 2017

As a prelude to the 20th year of ABS-CBN Lingkod Kapamilya Foundation’s  child-care arm, Bantay Bata 163 social workers and staff braved almost 15 hours of land travel all the way from Metro to the Northern part of Luzon to organize a community outreach project in Enrile, Cagayan, one of the affected areas of Super Typhoon Lawin during the last quarter of 2016. 

Overwhelmed  of  free  services and goods she received from the program,  Susan Accad, 50 years old, a  mother  of  seven, was  one  of  the  beneficiaries.   She  narrated  how  her  family  survived from  Typhoon's  Lawin's  devastation  that wreaked  their  humble  home. But her  stories of massive  destruction  was  superseded with  joy  when  Bantay  Bata  provided them access  to basic services  and  family packs  that  she  and  her  children  availed.      

Parents  also  learned  alternative  forms  of  discipline far  from  the  inter generational corporal punishment that  they experienced.    

Sheila Estabillo, Child Helpline National Manager of Bantay Bata 163 articulated that corporal punishment is not an expression of love to the children. Parents were also taught about the consequences of abusing the rights of children. Children had fun watching educational videos and enjoyed lots of prizes.

The generosity of the following donors and partners were able to help 600 families or 1, 800 disadvantaged individuals as they received free services, eg. Medical, dental, parenting,  food and goods.