"The Bantay Bata (Child Watch) Committee was created by Frank Chavez in RY 1997-1998 as the Club’s response to the growing incidence of child abuse in the metro. Originally a tie-up with ABS-CBN Foundation and the Makati Social Welfare Department (MSWD), it ran on a donation of P250,000 from Pagcor solicited by Frank Chavez and later evolved into an exclusive partnership between the Club and MSWD.
For the past 18 years, the Committee and its partner, MSWD, have organized seminars, workshops and forums for parents, social workers and barangay volunteers to advance the cause of the abused, abandoned or neglected child, in particular the wards under the care of the MSWD.
These include seminars for barangay workers and volunteers on the prevention and early detection of child abuse, promotion and protection of the rights and welfare of children, and volunteerism for children’s welfare and protection; for parents, seminars on parenting enhancement, solo parenting, family life improvement and responsible parenting; leadership seminars for youth leaders; and spiritual enrichment for the wards of the MSWD. Also integral to the annual Bantay Bata program is a weekend out-of-town camp, various psychosocial activities, a Lenten spiritual retreat, mass baptism for unbaptized children, and art and dance contests for the youth.
The Committee also initiated the barangay council for the protection of children and established children’s desks in police stations in Makati to attend to complaints and reports of abuse and neglect of children. It also provided legal service, pro bono, in the first-ever legal referral by the Makati DSWD: the case of an 8-year old girl who was sexually abused by a neighbor.
Since 1998, the Bantay Bata wards have been among the recipients of Last Angel, the Club’s annual gift giving at Christmastime.
The project was renamed Frank Chavez Bantay Bata Project during the term of President Carlo Rufino in 2012-2013, in honor of its founder, who died on September 11, 2013."""""