Chapter 1: Statement of Purpose
Project PEARLS mission is to “provide children of impoverished communities in the Philippines with the support they require – education, nutrition, health care and empowerment – to help themselves break free from poverty”. These children, who are living below poverty line and in extremely unhealthy environments, are most vulnerable to negligence and abuse. Often, they are the last ones to receive basic social services such as free access to education and healthcare. To ensure that their rights are protected and to give them an opportunity to develop their talents and potential, Project PEARLS aims to give them Peace, Education, Aspiration, Respect, Love, and Smiles.
Project PEARLS also aims to protect every child from any form of abuse, exploitation, neglect or any other form of violence. Any knowledge of any existence of alleged child abuse, Project PEARLS will immediately call Bantay Bata to gather information, validate and provide appropriate intervention for children. “Bantay Bata 163 is a child welfare program launched in 1997 to protect disadvantaged and at-risk children through a nationwide network of social services. It includes the rescue and rehabilitation of sick and abused children, training and advocacy on child abuse prevention, rehabilitation of families in crisis, educational scholarships, community outreach and medical and dental missions.” (source: http://corporate.abs-cbn.com/lingkodkapamilya/bantay-bata/about)
As an employer, Project PEARLS will conduct its own administrative inquiry (written) for its records if there is any staff (or volunteers) involved in any abuse. Any staff will be subjected to preventive suspension on the basis of alleged child abuse that is clearly a grave criminal offense when proven guilty. Project PEARLS will also coordinate and cooperate with the local barangay, police and Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD).
The Child and Youth Welfare Code of the Philippines states that “the child is one of the most important assets of the nation” and that “every effort should be exerted to promote his / her welfare and enhance his / her opportunities for a useful and happy life”, Project PEARLS recognizes the importance of every child, regardless of gender, ethicity, religion, and economic standing. In line with this principle, Project PEARLS vows to implement its mission “to feed, educate, advocate, and work for the basic human rights of Filipino children living in poverty, who have no voice and are almost invisible to society.
The purpose of this document is to define Project PEARLS’ values and commitments to children. These will be the guiding principles in our projects, partnerships, and all work that we undertake.
Chapter 2: Application
The vision, mission, and values set forth in this policy shall be adhered to with full commitment by Project PEARLS’ Board Members, staff, volunteers, partners, contractors, and sponsors (hereby referred to as “PEARLS representatives”). The PEARLS representatives agree to uphold and protect the rights of children at all times – whether within or outside of work associated with Project PEARLS.
Chapter 3: Core Values
In implementing its mission and vision, PEARLS representatives shall be guided by the following core values:
All members, volunteers, and stakeholders of Project PEARLS shall act according to the abovementioned values in the way they treat all other PEARLS representatives and beneficiaries.
Chapter 4: Commitments
Project PEARLS is committed to help impoverished children have a better life through Peace, Education, Aspiration, Respect, Love, and Smiles. The organization’s main goal is to alleviate all instances of child poverty, primarily through the provision of scholarship grants and educational resources. By giving children the opportunity to study, they have a greater chance of breaking the vicious cycle of poverty leading better lives. To achieve this goal, the organization is committed to undertake the following projects:
In addition to these programs, Project PEARLS is committed to be at the forefront of protecting and promoting the rights of every child, as stated in the “Child and Youth Welfare Code of the Philippines”. The organization does not tolerate any kind of violation to the rights of the child or any thing that is detrimental to the growth and development of the child.
Chapter 5: Reporting
All PEARLS representatives are required to report any violation of the guidelines set forth in this policy, and acts that are against the law of the Philippines and United States.
Chapter 6: Amendment and Abolishment
The Board of Directors of Project PEARLS shall duly deliberate and decide any proposed amendment or abolishment of this policy.
Download a copy: Project PEARLS Child Protection Policy