THE Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD)-Davao commended the move of the government in blocking several pornography websites to address the rising cases of child pornography in accordance to Republic Act 9775 or the Anti-Child Pornography Law.

DSWD-Davao social worker Janet Arendain lauded the initiative of President Rodrigo Duterte's administration in taking action towards the proliferation of child pornography in the country which she considered as alarming.

"We are happy to hear that move kasi maiiwasan na po ang rape cases, violence, incest and s trafficking in person in the form of sexual exploitation and child pornography," Arendain said.

In 2016, their office has recorded 22 cases of child pornography served in the region which is one of the purposes of trafficking involving foreign nationals as the perpetrator.

Under the RA 9775, child pornography, which refers to any representation, whether visual, audio, or written combination thereof, by electronic, mechanical, digital, optical, magnetic or any other means, of child engaged or involved in real or simulated explicit sexual activities.

Thus, the government directs Internet Service Provider (ISP) to notify the Philippine National Police (PNP) or the National Bureau of Investigation (NBI) within seven days from obtaining facts and circumstances that any form of child pornography is being committed using its server or facility.

All ISPs shall install available technology, program or software to ensure that access to or transmittal of any form of child pornography will be blocked or filtered.

Arendain hopes that this move will continue to be implemented so that there would be no more children who will be duped by callous individuals who force the innocent children to perform lewd shows in front of a webcam.

"I hope that the banning of all porn sites will continue," she said.

Presidential Communications Secretary Martin Andanar earlier announced that the President expressed his apprehension towards the proliferation of pornographic videos on the internet.

"These porn sites should really be banned because they are being used by pedophiles and other people who subscribe to child pornography sites," Andanar said.

Andanar underscored that child pornography is a crime and it should not be allowed to propagate, refraining the youth and adult get addicted to pornographic videos.

Information and Communications Technology Secretary Rodolfo Salalima, meanwhile, in a report said that an anti-child pornography council composed of social workers and policemen have been endorsing to the National Telecommunications Center to ban those websites that violate the law.