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Council for the Welfare of Children

The Council for the Welfare of Children is the focal inter-agency body of the Philippine Government for children. It is mandated to coordinate the implementation and enforcement of all laws; formulate, monitor and evaluate policies, programs and measures for children. Providing dynamic leadership in ensuring a child-friendly and child-sensitive society where every child fully enjoys his/her rights.

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Executive Director Patricia Luna of the CWC expresses grave concern on the case of a boy in a cop’s uniform which has been accused of extortion.

CWC is the government inter-agency body which is mandated to formulate policies and plans for children’s well-being and monitor the implementation and enforcement of laws to protect and promote children’s rights.

An incident report on ABS-CBN stated that a 12-year old boy was taken into the custody of the Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) after he was caught by the Pasay City Police Community Precinct 4 pretending to be a policeman who extorts money from jeepney drivers along EDSA Rotonda, Pasay City. The boy was seen flagging down drivers in a police uniform, holding a pad of traffic violation tickets, and carrying a replica of 9mm gun in his holster.

In another news report, he stated that there were several policemen and traffic constables who directed him to do such thing. However, when asked by his mother, the boy retracted his statement, saying that he needed money for food whenever he’s out of the house.

As the parents of the boy were summoned by the DSWD, they admitted neglecting their child. The parents apologized to the policemen and traffic constables who has been named by the child. With the knowledge that their son indeed joined a group of street children at the age of 5, the DSWD has decided to place the child under custody for his own protection.

The CWC calls upon all parents to continuously provide guidance to their children despite being busy from work; and to the barangay officials and the Barangay Council for the Protection of Children (BCPC) to closely monitor possible child abuse and cases of neglect occurring in their barangays and enjoin immediate reporting of incidents to proper authorities.

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