Children in the Philippines
Children are among the most vulnerable population groups in society. In 2015, 31.4 percent of children belong to poor families. Hence, there is really a need to look after their survival and living conditions, health and education as their rights, welfare and development are at the core of the country’s social development goals.
Moreover, in the Philippine Development Plan (PDP) 2017 – 2023, the vulnerable sectors are highlighted in Chapter 11 – Reducing Vulnerability of Individuals and Families. The PDP chapter covers both women and children, as well as other sectors such as the persons with disabilities (PWDs), indigenous peoples (IPs) and older persons. It discusses strategies to reduce vulnerabilities by decreasing people’s exposure to risks and increasing their adaptive capacities.
As our children are our nation’s future, the importance of statistics on children cannot be overemphasized. Statistics on children provides various data about the current situation of Filipino children. A database containing multi-dimensional information (e.g., indicators on health, education, labor, among others), links to updated and relevant statistics, an archive of studies and relevant researches and a list of websites of concerned agencies has been compiled and made accessible to users. This was made in order to equip users with the means to understand the social, economic and environmental dimensions of issues related to children in the hopes of transforming these data into usable information and evidence-based policy decisions. Further, the statistics on children aid policy- and decision-makers in crafting policies, programs and interventions towards human development and sustainable social progress.