Bantay Bata 163 (BB 163) is the child protection program of the ABS CBN Foundation. It started in 1997 on Valentines Day as our gift of love to the Filipino children. What began as a hotline and rescue operation has evolved into a truly holistic system which includes therapy, after care and preventive programs.
BB 163 has the following core services available through its nationwide branch network:
Bantay Bata also aims to respond to child abuse cases all over the Philippines. In August 2000, it established its provincial office in Davao. A centralized national call center was established in July 2005. Through the support of the ABS-CBN Regional Network Group, Cebu and Iloilo offices were launched in January 2005; Bicol and Zamboanga in February and March 2006; Negros in November 2007 and Pangasinan in October 2008; Laguna and Socsargen in February 2010.
BB 163 also shares its expertise with the world as an active member of Child Helpline International (CHI) and the International Social Service (ISS).