About the Project
The Center for Prevention and Treatment of Child Sexual Abuse (CPTCSA) aims to eradicate child sexual abuse. To prevent the sexual abuse of children the project includes all stakeholders and tackles each of the many individual components that combine to hurt children (social, cultural, religious, physical, emotional, environmental, economic, effects of globalization, to name a few). The Philippines is a country with vast human resources yet severely limited public resources. The project has been able to bring together donors and stakeholders, mostly nongovernmental, to pilot research- and indigenous-based ideas and then revise materials and methodologies until it can reach the many populations in the country. As an NGO network, it is better able to be creative and even fail in its work as it learns. The government does not have that option with its limited public resources. CPTCSA-piloted materials are then turned over to the government with continued support from CPTCSA, including sourcing funding. Those from the government who act as advisers throughout the process become leaders in the training and ongoing policy development process to create safe, holistic schools. In 2009, the Department of Education passed a law that mandates all schools to use the materials developed by CPTCSA and its consortium.