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Davao City records no child death since ‘Kean Gabriel hotline’ launched

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More than a thousand abused children have been rescued since the “Kean Gabriel Hotline,” was established by the city government in 2016.

The protection of children against abuses is on of the advocacies of vice-presidential candidate and Davao City Mayor Inday Sara Duterte.

Carmela Grado, Center Manager for Kean Gabriel Hotline, also said no child death due to abuse has been reported since the hotline was created.

The hotline was launched in October 2016 in commemoration of Kean Gabriel, a child who died at the hands of his abusive stepfather. The hotline 0908-818-4444 also accepts reports from anonymous callers.

Grado, who guested on Davao City Mayor and vice presidential candidate Sara Duterte’s online show “Sara for All of You,” said after receiving the call, social workers would visit the child for validation.

Grado said immediately after validation, the social workers, barangay personnel and the police would rescue the children from their homes. The children will then be endorsed in temporary shelters and given medical, legal and psycho-social counselling, and stress debriefing.

Apart from the institutions under the Department of Social Works and Development (DSWD), the children can also be housed in temporary shelters like Balay Dangupan and Sidlakan which are managed by the city government.

Grado said the project has helped raise awareness among children about their rights.

“Ang pinaka-impact nito ay alam na ang mga bata na idepensa ang kanilang sarili. Sa community natin ngayon, lalo na pandemic, maraming mga bata ang nasa bahay, hindi natin maiiwasan ang abuses na mangyari. Pero nandoon ang city government para sumuporta. Wala kaming hinihindiian para lang sa kabutihan ng mga mamamayan ng Davao City,” she said.

Duterte said while the project was being created, she wanted to make sure that the rescued abused children are provided with shelter and proper intervention from professionals.

“Kinausap ko ang CSWDO natin, sinabihan ko sila na hindi pwede na walang mapuntahan o walang makausap ang mga bata at basta nalang silang mamatay dahil walang intervention na ginagawa ang city government of Davao,” Duterte said.

In 2021 alone, the hotline recorded 38,368 incoming and outgoing calls and follow-up text messages.

A short jingle for the “Kean Gabriel Hotline 0908-818-4444” is being played on government vehicles going around communities, making it easier for residents remember the numbers to call to report child abuses.

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