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PH developing tools to combat AI-generated child abuse materials

Philippine law enforcement agencies are developing tools that would combat artificial intelligence-generated child exploitation materials, according to the Philippine National Police (PNP) on Thursday.

At a Palace press briefing, PNP-Women and Children Protection Center chief Police Brigadier General Portia Manalad said that other countries are also developing tools that will identify AI-generated child sexual abuse or exploitation materials (CSAEM). 

''Right now, we don't have AI-generated [child sexual abuse] but the Philippine National Police... of course we are preparing for that. I just arrived from a meeting, through the Virtual Global Task Force where we are... even other countries like South Korea [are] still developing a tool to identify AI-generated CSAEM,'' Manalad said. 

''As partners of those countries, we are trying to develop those tools,'' she added. 

President Ferdinand ''Bongbong'' Marcos Jr. has directed the Department of the Interior and Local Government (DILG) and the PNP to intensify the monitoring of child abuse cases locally and abroad.

Marcos further tasked the Department of Justice (DOJ) and the PNP ''to come down on perpetrators with the full weight of the law,'' and directed the Department of Social Welfare and Development and other agencies ''to streamline and improve the process of investigation to make sure the children are protected and families are properly reintegrated.''

The President also ordered further collaboration with private sector and internet service providers on a local and global scale, and an awareness campaign in schools and communities when it comes to these incidents. —KBK, GMA Integrated News