Maternity hospital admits no child protection policy

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Tuesday, May 27, 2014

CEBU CITY (Updated) -- The Cebu Puericulture Center and Maternity House (CPCMH) admitted on Tuesday, during the inter-agency hearing on the mouth-taping incident, that it does not have a child protection policy.

The CPCMH's license has been at stake after the alleged taping of the mouth of the 11-day-old baby of Ryan Noval and Jasmine Badocdoc. The couple’s baby reportedly kept on crying, thus the pacifier was placed so the baby would not disturb the other babies in the nursery.

But the Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD), a member of the inter-agency task force probing the mouth-taping incident, earlier required the CPCMH to submit its child protection policy, saying putting an adhesive tape on the baby's mouth violates Republic Act 7610, or the Anti-Child Abuse Law.

The inter-agency hearing is ongoing as of this posting.

Participating in the meeting are the Commission on Human Rights, DSWD, Philippine National Police, and Department of Interior and Local Government.

The issue erupted after the Badocdoc couple posted on social media a photo of their newborn child with a tape on his mouth.

During Tuesday's hearing, the couple's lawyer said what they wanted is just an apology from the CPCMH. They also said that they are ready to bring the case to court and are just waiting for the outcome of the probe. (Sunnex)

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