While many national athletes strive to improve or maintain their fitness during this period of isolation, Meggie Ochoa is stepping up her efforts to combat online sexual exploitation of children (Osec).
Ochoa, the country's leading jiujitsu athlete, recently launched the SAFE (Support and Awareness to Fight Exploitation) project, a community-based initiative for Taytay and Iligan, two areas that are considered Osec hotspots.
"Our goal is to collect at least 600,000 pesetas for 1,170 families," she told the investigator. "[Some] Families have lost their sources of income and have become desperate [to make ends meet].
"One of the goals of the SAFE project is to distribute" safe "packages to families to meet their basic needs so they don't have to turn to Osec to generate income," said Ochoa.
"Also, [this is] through [help] inform families about the further risks of Osec and COVID-19 through appropriate hygiene practices," said Ochoa, who, along with their efforts, shared the efforts of the Nazarene Compassionate Ministries Philippines and the Church of the Nazarene Colleagues in Poveda.
According to Ochoa, the SAFE project aims to raise funds for two types of lots – a "safe package" that includes basic needs and an "improved safe package" for families with nursing or nursing mothers.
Interested parties could visit bit.ly/projectsafe2020 to collect donations.
The Humans Rights Watch released a report on Thursday that 1.5 billion students are excluded from school due to global restrictions and may be at risk of “child labor, sexual exploitation, teenage pregnancy, and child marriage” .
Earlier this month, the Philippine National Police doubled their promise to protect those most at risk during this period of increased quarantine in the community.
"This current situation will not prevent us from fulfilling our affidavit to protect the most vulnerable women and children," said Brig, director of the PNP Women's and Child Protection Center. General Alessandro Abella said in a statement.
"The fight continues no matter what situation we are in," said Ochoa, winner of the Asian Games and gold medalist of the Southeast Asian Games. INQ
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