AFP, UN writes strategic plan to protect children in armed conflict

The Armed Forces of the Philippines and the United Nations signed a strategic plan to protect children in armed conflict during a signing ceremony at Camp Aguinaldo on Wednesday, June 9. AFP PAO

MANILA, Philippines – The Armed Forces of the Philippines and the United Nations have signed a strategic plan to protect children in armed conflict.

The plan contained commitments, commitments, benchmarks and activities for AFP to fulfill and fully comply with its obligations under international human rights law and international humanitarian law, the AFP said. AFP in a press release.

It will enter into force upon approval by Secretary of Defense Delfin Lorenzana.

The strategic plan for the prevention and response to serious violations of children’s rights in situations of armed conflict was signed by the head of AFP, General Cirilito Sobejana, the United Nations resident coordinator and co-chair of the Group of United Nations monitoring and reporting work, Gustavo Gonzales, and UNICEF Philippines Representative Oyunsaikhan Dendevnorov, in a ceremony at Camp Aguinaldo on Wednesday.

“As AFP’s general commitments are clearly defined in this strategic plan, we will ensure that professionalism, discipline and respect are nurtured and sustained in the conduct of our day-to-day operations,” said Sobejana.

He ensured that soldiers are properly educated and trained, to raise awareness and promote a deeper sense of respect for the protection of human rights in particular, children’s rights and respect for international humanitarian law.

AFP is committed to strengthening accountability for serious violations against children and monitoring state prevention and response mechanisms.

AFP and the Philippine CTFMR will conduct regular consultations to ensure the plan is implemented.

The activities and commitments set out in the strategic plan will be implemented for a period of 24 months from their inception and may be extended based on a joint review by AFP and CTFMR, AFP said. .

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