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CWC holds consultation-dialogue on the current issues/concerns affecting Filipino children


Photo caption: Participants of the consultation-dialogue attended by members from the Technical Management Group of the CWC Council Board, Sub-Committees/Committees on Children in Need of Special Protection, Convergences of Councils and Committees on Children, selected national government agencies, Local Government Units and networks on children.


The Council for the Welfare of Children (CWC) conducted the Consultation-Dialogue on the current issues/concerns affecting Filipino Children on 21 July 2016 at the Marco Polo Hotel, Ortigas, Manila.


The event aimed at leveling-off of issues and concerns on children with the current government administration, specifically on: 1) Proposed bill on lowering the minimum age of criminal responsibility (MACR); 2) OPLAN RODY: “Rid the Streets of Drinkers and Youth,”; and 3) Campaign Against Illegal Drugs (Project Double Barrel): Project Tokhang or “katok”; and the neutralization of High Valued Target (HVT) and/or Low Valued Target.


Participants of the event were warmly welcomed by CWC Executive Director Patricia B. Luna and Deputy Executive Director Atty. Marijoy D. Segui.  The consultation-dialogue was also attended by Usec. Camillo G. Gudmalin, Assistant Secretary of Visayas and Mindanao/Deputy Project Director for KALAHI-CIDSS of the Department of Social Welfare and Development; and Usec. Atty. Alberto Muyot, Undersecretary for Legal and Legislative Affairs of the Department of Education.


For the plenary presentations, Deputy Executive Director Segui gave a review on the related laws on children involved in MACR, Oplan RODY, and Project Double Barrel. Subsequently, Ms. Glenda Derla, Focal Person of RSCWC Specialist on Children and Youth in DSWD-NCR, presented the DSWD and RSCWC-NCR initiatives on the Oplan RODY campaign. In addition, Atty. Tricia Clare Oco, Executive Director of the Juvenile Justice Welfare Council (JJWC)-National Secretariat, discussed the JJWC updates on the lowering of the MACR. Meanwhile, Psupt. Herminio Suarez Tadeo Jr., Chief of Public Safety Division of the Philippine National Police, further discussed the campaign against illegal drugs a.k.a. “Project Double Barrel.”


During the workshop session, groups were formed to discuss the lowering of MACR, Oplan RODY and Project Double Barrel. The output of the consultation-dialogue shall be presented in the CWC Council Board meeting to come-up with specific measures and actions responding to national issues and concerns relating to children.


For the closing remarks, Undersecretary Alberto T. Muyot of the Department of Education took note of the rising need to develop new approaches in response to the said issues/concerns affecting children, specifically the MACR. He further claimed with deep concern that children should not be blamed for the commission of these crimes; as they are defenseless and exploited.


Celaine Cabrera

Public Affairs Information Office

Council for the Welfare of Children

Last Updated on Thursday, 01 September 2016 13:26
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CWC observance of NDPR week highlights Forum on Children with Disabilities

In observance of the 38th National Disability Prevention and Rehabilitation (NDPR) week, the Council for the Welfare of Children (CWC) conducted a Forum on Children with Disabilities on 22 July 2016 at the DILG NAPOLCOM Center, EDSA, Quezon City. This year’s celebration focuses on the theme “Karapatan ng Maykapansanan, Isakatuparan . . . Now Na!


Photo caption: (Top left and top right) CWC Executive Director Patricia B. Luna and DSWD Usec. Ma. Lourdes H. Turalde on their delivery of keynote message; (Bottom left) Ms. Charlene Danica Escasinas and students from the Philippine School for the Deaf candidly posing for their photo after their intermission numbers; (Bottom right) Mr. Jeromme Gabriel of DOLE-BWSC presenting the Child Labor and Employment of Children in the Philippines.


The forum aimed to heighten awareness on existing laws, rules and regulations and policies on disabilities; to advocate for inclusive disabilities towards a child-friendly environment for children with disabilities; and to tackle the situation issues/concerns on children with disabilities (CWDs) towards creating more rights, benefits and appropriate services for them.


The event was graced by Assistant Director Dennis D. Villasenor of the Department of Interior and Local Government (DILG)-Bureau of Local Government and Development (BLGD). Asec; Usec. Ma. Lourdes H. Turalde of the Operations and Programs Group and Promotive Programs of the Department of Social Welfare and Development; and Exec. Dir. Patricia B. Luna of the CWC who welcomed the participants and guests with inspiring welcome remarks and keynote addresses.

The morning session began with presentations on the Convention on the Rights of the Child with emphasis on CWDs by Ms. Normina Mojica of CWC’s Policy and Planning Division and the Situationer on Children with Disabilities and Key Mandates on Disabilities presented by Rizalio Sanchez of the National Council for Disability Affairs. Notably, participants actively participated in the open forum after every presentation from the resource speakers.


One of the highlights of the event is the intermission number performed by Ms. Charlene Danica Escasinas of the Autism Society of the Philippines’ (ASP) Dream Girls and students from the Philippine School for the Blind and Philippine School for the Deaf.



The panel of speakers for the afternoon session discussed the current programs and initiatives for Children with Disabilities (CWDs), namely:  Rights to Education by Dr. Roland D. Montes, Education Supervisor Specialist of DepEd; Rights to Health by:  Dr. Philip A. Morales, Medical Specialist of National Children’s Hospital; Child Labor and Employment of Children in the Philippines by Mr. Jeromme Gabriel, Senior Labor and Employment Officer of the Department of Labor and Employment (DOLE)- Bureau of Workers with Special Concerns (BWSC); Local Government Unit’s Initiatives for CWDs by Ms. Wennah G. Marquez, Chief of Persons with Disabilities Affairs Division (PDAD) of the City of Mandaluyong; and, NGO Initiatives for CWDs by Exec. Dir. Ma. Teresa R. Nuqui of the Norfil Foundation.



Capping off the event, Mr. Elino Bardillon of the Council for the Welfare of Children formalized the commitment setting by presenting a Call to Action towards creating more rights and benefits for CWDs.



Celaine Cabrera

Public Affairs Information Office

Council for the Welfare of Children


Telephone No.: 7811039 local 1005



Last Updated on Thursday, 01 September 2016 12:31
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Wednesday, 17 August 2016 17:51



ONE MILLION LAPIS Campaign Project:

CWC Calls for Support!

In celebration of the National Children’s Month in November by virtue of Republic Act 10661”National Children’s Month Act” series of 2015, the Council for the Welfare of Children (CWC) has launched the “One Million Lapis Project” to promote the child’s right to (write as basic right) education especially for children whose situations have impeded their chances to go to school. ”Lapis” is a symbolic representation of the child’s need to express ones ideas and feelings, be empowered through learning, in recognition of the importance of writing skills and materials.

A documentary report in 2012 reveals that in far-flung villages, there are situation where elementary students divide one “Lapis” into three to be able to write. This shows the lack of materials for writing compounded with inadequate school facilities and the long distance of travel from home to school.

As of August 16, 2016 a total of 854,521 Pencils commitment were already generated from Private/business partners: SM Cares – 300T, National Bookstore – 50T, Soroptimist International – 50T, Landbank of the Philippines – 50T, Enchanted Kingdom – 50T, National Government Agencies: Department of Education – 200T, Department of Social Welfare and Development – 50T, Office of the President Presidential Communication Office – 50T, Department Justice – 10T, Department of Agriculture – 10T, National Council for Disability Affairs – 450, National Council for Children’s Television – 513, National Power Corporation – 400, National Electrification Administration – 574, Non-Government Organizations: Consuelo Foundation – 1,200, Childfund Japan Phils -954, Childhope-450 and Academe: Miriam College Middle School – 20T and STI Foundation – 10T.

The project is a partnership of National Government led by CWC and SM Cares. Other major sponsors included National Bookstore, Soroptimist International, Landbank of the Philippines and Enchanted Kingdom. It aims to gather Lapis/Pencils for the benefit of under privileged students who lack the opportunity to pursue schooling (necessary materials for writing). It is being envisioned to enter the Guinness Book of World Record by 2016.

Target to complete the One Million Lapis is on October 28, 2016 with Official announcement during the November 5, 2016 kick-off celebration of the 2016 National Children’s Month.

Expression of support were also generated from the Civil Service Commission, National Housing Authority, Land Registration Authority, Social Security System, Philippine Regulation Commission, Development Academy of the Philippines, Philippine Red Cross, National Dairy Authority, Philippine Insurance Commission, Commission on Filipino Overseas, Philippine National Police – Women and Children Center and Hotel Management Association of the Philippine.

A video of the One Million Lapis campaign is available at youtube: CWChildrenOfficial. For more information, please contact Mr. Elino Bardillon, Head of Public Affairs and Information Office at 7424010 loc. 1006. You can also visit the CWC website at www.cwc.gov.ph and email: This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it .


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Mr. Elino Bardillon

Head, CWC Public Affairs and Information Officer

Tel. 7428323 l


Last Updated on Thursday, 10 November 2016 14:07
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Tuesday, 19 July 2016 11:26

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11 July 2016

CWC and Soroptimist International Sign MOA for Child Rights Advocacy Partnership Launching



(Left to Right)) Present in the event were signatories Ms. Ma Judy S. Gutierrez, President SI of Congressional; Ms. Ma. Rosario A. Tumaneng, Governor of the SI Philippines Region; CWC Executive Director Patricia B. Luna and CWC Deputy Executive Director Atty. Marijoy D. Segui.


(Back) Members of the SI of the Philippines Region and representatives from CWC’s partner institutions were also present in the event. (Front) The Badjao Dance Troupe of the Sun for All Children who amused the audience with their entertaining intermissions posed candidly for the photo.

The Council for the Welfare of Children (CWC) signed a Memorandum of Agreement (MOA) with the Soroptimist International (SI) of the Philippines Region on Monday, 04 July 2016 at the Club Filipino in San Juan City.

The MOA defines the promotion of children’s rights to education through this year’s One Million Lapis Campaign and support in the conduct of advocacy activities and special events on children such as the Girl-Child Week celebration and National Children’s Month celebration.

The SI, as one of the major partners of CWC committed to support the campaign in the achievement of the One Million Lapis and Guinness Book of World Records for the Longest Line of Pencils. As part of their engagement, the SI initially turned-over 10,000 pencils out of the 50,000 pencils they have committed to the One Million Lapis Campaign project.


Celaine Cabrera

Public Affairs Information Office

Council for the Welfare of Children


Telephone No.: 7811039 local 1005

Last Updated on Tuesday, 19 July 2016 11:50
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Date of Release:  May 20, 2016

End Child Labor:  1 Milyong Batang Malaya by 2025

The “Batang Malaya” Communication and Campaign Planning Workshop was recently conducted on May 11-14, 2016  at the Baguio Country Club, Baguio City sponsored by the International Labour Organization (ILO) with Mr. Julius C. Cainglet, Assistant Vice President of Federation of Free Workers (FFW) and Chairperson of NCLC Knowledge Management Sub-Committee acted as the over-all facilitator of the activity.

The activity was spearheaded by the DOLE-Bureau of Workers with Special Concerns aimed to come-up with a two-year communication plan (2016-2018) supporting the vision on child-labor free Philippines with the goal to remove one million children from child labor by 2025.

The workshop was participated in by the Knowledge Management Sub-Committee members, namely Federation of Free Workers (FFW), selected St. Scholastica student partners, National Youth Commission (NYC), ERDA Foundation, Trade Union Congress of the Philippines (TUCP), National Council on Social Development (NDSD), Council for the Welfare of Children (CWC), National Commission on Indigenous People (NCIP)-Cordillera Administrative Region (DOLE-CAR), DOLE national offices (e.g. Institute for Labor Studies, Bureau of Workers with Special Concerns, etc.) and selected regional offices, particularly the Labor Law Compliance Officers (LLCO).

DOLE CAR Regional Director Nathaniel Lacamba inspired the participants with his welcome message and an inspirational message from Mr. Giovanni Soledad of ILO.

Resource Persons invited were Ms. Beth Casin of DOLE-BWSC Prof. Wowie Lomibao, Executive Director of Kanlungan Center Foundation.  A professor at St. Scholastica and a graduate of UP Mass Communication.  Ms. Casin presented the updates and developments on Child Labor that highlighted the following major projects of DOLE-BWSC in collaboration with partner agencies:  Sagip Batang Manggagawa was initiated in 1993 with 3,500 child laborers rescued; 47 establishments permanently closed most in NCR, Region 6 and 7; Kabuhayan Para sa Magulang ng Batang Manggagawa like Nego Kart/Kit; Impact evaluation on livelihood assistance; Project Angel Tree; 213 barangays recognized as Child Labor Free Barangays;182  Child Labor-Free Establishments certified; H.E.L.P. M.E. convergence program (Health, education, livelihood and prevention, protection and prosecution, monitoring, and evaluation); Training of LCCOs on child labor inspection skills; Pantawid Pamilyang Pilipino Program with child labor initiative; Guidelines on Handling Child Laborers and Working Children in School (w/ DepEd); Philippine Program Against Child Labor (PPACL); Observance of World Day Against Child Labor (WDACL); and NYC Assistant Secretary Dingdong Dantes agreed in principle as the Ambassador on Child Labor advocacy.

Prof. Lomibao discussed the communication in advocacy and development, legal and ethical issues, standards and protocols.

The workshop ended with important message from Director Ahmma Charisma Lobrin-Satumba

of DOLE-BWSC.  She expressed her appreciation to the partner agencies for the Philippines made a significant advancement in efforts to eliminate the worst forms of child labor as reflected by the United States Department of Labor (US DOL) report.

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Written by:  Ma. Edna Lapuz-Estal

Contact information:

Public Affairs Information Office

Tel. No. 7811039 local 1005


Last Updated on Wednesday, 08 June 2016 17:53
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