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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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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.


CWC Vision

The focal government inter-agency body providing dynamic leadership in ensuring a child-friendly and child-sensitive society where every child fully enjoys his/her rights.


CWC Mission

CWC shall undertake its coordinative role for children through:

  • Formulation and advocacy for the implementation of policies, programs and measures
  • Monitoring and evaluation of policies, programs and measures
  • Advocacy for child rights and mobilization of resources
  • Building strong networks, partnerships and coordination mechanisms
  • Institution building of partners and stakeholders

 

Mandate

  • Initiate, promote and advocate adoption of policies and measures to protect child rights
  • Build strong networks, partnerships and coordination mechanisms to ensure concerted efforts in the implementation of Child 21 and CRC
  • Create an environment that enables children to develop their full potentials
  • Facilitate institution-building of partners and other stakeholders
  • Monitor and evaluate the implementation of policies and programs
  • Undertake research and development activities


Legal Bases

Presidential Decree No. 603 a.k.a “The Child and Youth Welfare Code” (Dec. 10, 1974)
created the Council for the Welfare of Children under the Office of the President

Executive Order No. 708 (July 27, 1981) reorganized the Office of the President and placed
the Council for the Welfare of Children under the Department of Social Welfare and
Development

Executive Order No. 233 (July 22, 198) redefined the role and organizational structure of
the Council for the Welfare of Children, enlarged its membership to include a youth
representative to the CWC Council Board

Republic Act No. 8980 a.k.a “The Early Childhood Care and Development Act (December 5,
2000) designated the Council for the Welfare of Children also as the National ECCD
Coordinating Council and as an attached agency to the Office of the President

Executive Order Act No. 349 (August 17, 2004) established clear lines of authority over the
CWC/ NECCDCC Secretariat. DepEd Secretary to exercise primary oversight functions
over the DED for NECCDC. DSWD Secretary to exercise primary oversight functions over
DED for CWC

Executive Order No. 630 (June 28, 2007) transferred back the Council for the Welfare of
Children from the Office of the President to the Department of Social Welfare and
Development

Executive Order No. 760 (October 23, 2008) transferred the CWC/NECCDCC from
Department of Social Welfare and Development to the Office of the President with a
Chairperson to be appointed by the President

Executive Order No. 778 (January 13, 2009) transformed the CWC into the ECCD Council,
attached to the Office of the President. The functions and staff of CWC which are not part of
ECCD are transferred to DSWD

Executive Order No. 806 (June 9, 2009) affirmed that CWC shall continue to function and
exercise the same powers pursuant to the provisions of PD 603 and EO 233 and attached
to DSWD