Cebu City Task Force on Street Children (CCTFSC) – Our Mission
1. We are alliance of NGOs / GOs in Cebu City committed for the protection & promotion of the rights of street children in particular, children in general.
2. We coordinate to create awareness, provide care and support to children, street children in particular.
3. We lobby for child protection policies and standards to ensure full development of children.
The year 1986 saw the birth of the Cebu City Task Force on Street Children when in March of that year a group from the National Street Children Project that included Ms. Tess Silva came to Cebu City to give an orientation on the National Street Children Project to government agencies and non-government organizations.
The result of the orientation was the formation of a group called “Committee on Street Children” with two sub-committees, Programs and Legal. Founding members were Ministry of Social Services and Development, Ministry of Labor, National Housing Authority, Ministry of Education, Lingap Center and Community Scouts from the government sector, and SOS, Share A Child Movement, St. Martin de Porres, Dangpanan, Free LAVA, Lihok Pilipina Foundation, David Livingstone, Sonshine, Corpus Christi, Don Bosco Boys Home from the NGO sector.
Members were asked to attend a workshop seminar in June 1986 in Quezon City to familiarize themselves with programs and services under the project. In August 1986, the committee initiated Five Pillars of the Justice System dialogues to facilitate consultations among judges, prosecutors, police commanders, jail wardens and city council members.
In 1987, Cebu City became a Third Country Program for Children (CPC III) area and received funds from UNICEF. Unlike other CPC areas during the third and fourth phases of the program where the project holder was always the city or provincial government, funds for Cebu City were coursed through the Cebu City Task Force which was an NGO.
The first Chairperson was Mr. Boy Belocura from SOS Children’s Village. He was followed by Mrs. Zinna McGuire of the NHA and later by Mrs. Margot Osmena during whose term the organization was formally incorporated and became known as the “Cebu City Task Force on Street Children.”
In 1987, Cebu City Children’s Confederation was formed which served as a counter-balance to the all-adult Task Force. The first president of the Confederation was from the Community Scouts Rehabilitation and Youth Guidance Center. The Confederation has since then grown with its members managing major annual Task Force activities for children such as the Christmas Convention and the Summer Camp.
From just a committee with two sub-committees, the Cebu City Task Force has likewise grown to a membership of twenty seven (27) NGOs and GAs. Five committees have been set up to implement its programs and services, viz.:
2.Policy Advocacy Committee
3.Capability Building and Legal Committee
4.Direct Services and Mobile School Committee
5.Monitoring and Evaluation Committee
1986 – The birth of the Cebu City Task Force on Street Children came about when a group from the National Street Children Project came to Cebu City to give orientation on the National Street Children Project to government and non-government organizations.
1987 – Cebu City became a Third Country Program for Children (CPC III) area and started to receive funds from UNICEF.
1989 – CCTFSC together with Mrs. Margot V. Osmeña established the Children of Cebu Foundation, Inc.
1991 – CCTFSC and CCFI formally opened the Parian Drop-In Center, a temporary shelter and a processing center for children in need of special protection.
1993 – CCTFSC registered with the Securities and Exchange Commission.
1994 – Gatimpalang Pang-Lingkod Pook awarded CCTFSC for its strong networking with the local government unit and non-government organizations.
1995 – Present:
Membership of CCTFSC has grown from 9 member-agencies to 27 active member-agencies
- Partnership with UNICEF from its Second Country Program for Children (CPC 2) in the 1980s until CPC 7 in 2011.
- Accredited with the local government unit and receives support for its annual activities like Summer Camp and Christmas Convention.
- Institutionalization of programs through the Cebu City Commission for the Welfare and Protection of Children (CCCWPC) of the Cebu City government.
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