Messages from PCMN National Director

…there is so much uncertainties on how to proceed, but grateful that His guidance saw us through to today- thriving, learning, pursuing!

Greetings of peace to all partners, member agencies, regional networks, stakeholders, family, youth and children!

The whole year of 2020 has been both a challenge and a renewal for many. The whole creation is groaning due to the difficulties of multiple and complex disasters that hit the country. The attendant needs to vulnerable children, youth and families are many and multiplied by the second. Violence against children has not abated but has increased during the pandemic. There is a spike in children’s abuse of materials proliferating on the internet as compared to last year. The ministry to children will never be ending and their world (our world) remains broken.

Despite all of the challenges, we take consolation on this, that ‘We are not alone’! The Holy Spirit is groaning with us, advocating and praying for us! (Romans 8: 37).

The 4th quarter saw PCMN with continuing vigor to respond to specific needs of the most at-risk children. We solidified our partnerships through MOU signing with the City Division of Schools in Dasmarinas, Iligan, and Antipolo cities.

We closed ranked with our local government partners including the offices of the City Executives and barangays, the Violence Against Women and Children Desks, the Sangguniang Kabataan offices, and the Local Councils for the Protection of Children towards our educational campaigns on the safety of children online.

In response to COVID-19, we implemented likewise the food and hygiene kit distribution to survivors of abuse and cash grants to vulnerable families coupled with an awareness campaign against online sexual abuse and exploitation against children.

In the period, our partnership with the municipalities of Makilala in North Cotabato and Magsaysay in Davao Del Sur ended with 15,000 individuals helped in ten evacuation camps who were survivors of the 2019 earthquakes and garnered 225 strong local church volunteers, a precursor of a future network for children at risk.

This quarter, specifically on December 10, we would have ended our COVID-19 response which is an integrated cash transfer,

Family and Children Phone Mentoring Program and anti-OSEC education campaign in Iligan City. Praise God, another 3,500 families are helped with this project assisted by the 100 volunteers from the Iligan Children’s Ministries Network and the VAWC of each 9 barangay covered by the project.

PCMN’s 12 Network Regional Coordinators and Officers finished their 6 session-Network Training Course with Viva, and the implementation of the Family and Child Phone Mentoring Program. They are now best equipped to organize and mobilize their local church and ministry membership.

As we sit down and assess the gains of the year, we can only thank God, when in March at the beginning of the lockdown, there are so many uncertainties on how to proceed, but grateful that His guidance saw us through to today- thriving, learning, pursuing!

With the Board of Trustees, staff, and volunteers of PCMN, with all the stakeholders, we thank our project and funding partners for the year who journeyed with us, Daghang Salamat, Maraming Salamat Po! It was an exhilarating year, but nevertheless fruitful and blessed.