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Preda Newsletter July 2006

July 3, 2006 · 

Four of the boys at Preda who finished the Alternative Learning System program of the Department of education proudly display their certificates As I write this, the Philippines is being battered by the seasonal typhoon. The raging winds and torrential downpours of rain spread floods, electric power failure, traffic disruption and the cancellation of school […]


Fr. Shay Cullen's Testimony: The Life of Street Children in the Philippines and Initiatives to Help Them

September 13, 2005 · 

Shay Cullen, Mssc. Founder and President, People’s Recovery Empowerment Development Assistance (PREDA) Foundation, Inc. September 13, 2005 House Committee on International Relations Testimony: The Life of Street Children in the Philippines and Initiatives to Help Them Introduction Dear Honorable Members: Last week before I left the Philippines to come here, I was working with street […]


A Dirty Secret in the Philippines

October 30, 2003 ·  , Published in The Washington Times

Special correspondent John Zarocostas interviewed the Rev. Shay Cullen of the Missionary Society of St. Columban last week in Geneva about the plight of street children in the Philippines, where the Irish-born Roman Catholic priest works. Question: Can you elaborate on the death squads that are killing street children in the Philippines? Answer: Several years […]


Poverty and Family Abuse Force Davao's Children to the streets

December 6, 2002 ·  By Carlos H. Conde PCIJ

DAVAO CITY – In 2000 and 2001, Davao City was adjudged the country’s “Most Child-Friendly City” by the National Council for the Welfare of Children, a government body under the Office of the President. This year, however, Davao failed to get the recognition because of what local officials here have dismissed as negative noises coming […]



November 13, 2001 · 

by Frank Mischo They were humiliated, used, and treated like animals. For many of these Philippine girls and boys, after doing ‘business” in shabby hotel beds and backstreets, life seemed to be practically at an end before it had really begun. They had seen too much, given too much, had too much fear. Some of […]


Program Assists In Removing Children Working In Trash Dumps

April 2, 2001 · 

UNICEF released a report showing that through its program “Children in the Dump Never Again,” 13,230 children have been removed from working in city trash dumps. The program gives income assistance to the parents of the children so that the children can go to school. The program also helps set up after-school programs to keep […]


Statement of Fr. Sean Purcell,

February 8, 2001 · 

Feb 1 & 2 were very interesting days in Davao. This was the climax of the libel case filed by Mayor Benjamin De Guzman against Fr. Shay Cullen, the Columban priest of PREDA, Olongapo. Fr Cullen was to be arraigned for this case before Judge Robillo in Sala 13 of RTC. The case was filed […]


Sexual Abuse, Sexual Exploitation, and the Commercial Sexual Exploitation of Children in Indonesia

January 1, 2001 · 

This is an extract of a report prepared for Indonesia, which commissioned a study on the situation of the children in especially difficult circumstances covering the issue of child labour, street children and sexually exploited children. The Indonesian version of this report was published soon. Mohamman farid, the author of this report has given his consent to this extracted version.


Prosecutor’s Resolution

April 25, 2000 · 

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This is a complaint for Libel filed by Davao City Mayor Benjamin C. de Guzman against Father Shay Cullen, an Irish Catholic Missionary and the President and Executive Director of People’s Recovery, Empowerment and Development Assistance (PREDA) Foundation Inc., based in Olongapo City.


Shift in Sex Tourism

March 4, 2000 · 

SAN JOSE, Costa Rica — The sexual exploitation of girls and boys, largely by men from the United States, has reached alarming proportions in Central America, according to children’s rights advocates who say the region is now a priority in their struggle against child prostitution and pornography.

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