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Written by Celaine Cabrera   

Press Release

01 March 2016



The Council for the Welfare of Children (CWC) under the leadership of Executive Director Patricia Luna condemns the recent reports on child pornography cases and sexual abuse on children.

CWC is the government’s 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. It has also been closely monitoring reports and persistent issues together with the Inter-Agency Council Against Child Pornography (IACACP) chaired by the DSWD and the Inter-Agency Council Against Trafficking (IACAT) chaired by the DOJ.

An incident report on the Philippine Star indicated that a 19 year-old-student from Manila was arrested for allegedly uploading a video of him raping his former girlfriend who is 14 years of age. The 14 year-old victim, who is now a third year high school student, stated that his former boyfriend even threatened her that he would upload the video and share it on social media.

The accused was charged with rape and violation in accordance with Republic Act No. 9995 otherwise known as the Anti-Photo and Video Voyeurism Act of 2009 and with reference to the Republic Act 7160 otherwise known as Special Protection of Children Against Abuse, Exploitation and Discrimination Act which penalizes child abuse.

According to the Philippine National Police Anti-Cybercrime Group (PNP ACG), a total of 1,211 cybercrime complaints were filed from 2013-2015 alone. Cybercrime complaints includes photo and video voyeurism, identity theft, online scams, and online threats, and online libels.


Last Updated on Monday, 14 March 2016 17:17
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Written by Celaine Cabrera   

Press Release

01 March 2016


The Council for the Welfare of Children expresses its grave concern over the recent TV commercial of Gardenia entitled “Gardenia Drama.”


CWC is the government’s 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.

The 34-second video shows a family of four; meanwhile the father, son, and daughter expressing their sadness over the unbranded “Promo Bundle” bread in their table.


A scene in the recent Gardenia TV commercial screen captured from YouTube

On the first half of the commercial, the family conversation goes:

Son: “Akala niyo lang walang pinagkaiba pero meron, meron.”

Father: “Pinagpalit mo na ba kami?

Daughter: “Bakit po ‘nay? Hindi niyo na ba kami mahal?


The TV ad seemingly conveys how a family equates their mother’s love and care for them if they were to be provided with a Gardenia bread.


The CWC calls upon the media companies and advertising agencies to conceptualize appropriate advertisements sensitive to the values in which a child has to learn.

Last Updated on Monday, 14 March 2016 17:14
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Written by Celaine Cabrera   

Press Release

01 March 2016


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.

Last Updated on Monday, 14 March 2016 17:16
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Written by Ms. Ma. Alpha Larga   

03 February 2016





One of the activities in the work plan of the ASEAN Commission for the Promotion and Protection of the Rights of Women and Children (ACWC) is the development of an ASEAN Early Childhood Care and Development and Education (ECCDE) quality standards. These standards will provide the minimum requirements in the ASEAN region that should be met by both the facilities and service providers to ensure that quality ECCDE services are being given to young children. Malaysia, as an ASEAN Member State (AMS), takes the lead in the development of these quality standards. Last December 2015, a workshop was conducted in Malaysia to come-up with the list of standards for pre-school and child care services. Each AMS is committed to subject these lists to a consultation in their respective countries for validation and/or enhancement.




In response to this commitment, the Council for the Welfare of Children (CWC), in partnership with the Early Childhood Care and Development Council (ECCDC), and Department of Social Welfare and Development (DWD), conducted a validation workshop on January 22, 2016 at the Department of Education (DepEd) NCR Office. This was also attended by representatives from the City Social Welfare and Development Office, federation of day care workers, teachers, school administrators, Early Childhood Education (ECE) professors, and nurse psychologists. Ms. Cynthia V. Ilano (DSWD), Dr. Yolanda Quijano (ECCDC) and Ms. Marilyn Manuel from the Asia-Pacific Regional Network for Early Childhood (ARNEC) served as the resource persons and facilitators during the workshop.


The whole day activity focused on the review of the two sets of quality standards. The major recommendations that were forwarded by the participants were: 1) to identify a specific age group to define the scope of Child Care Services and Pre-school Services; and 2) to develop a manual of operations/specific guidelines and implementing rules after the development of the quality standards.


These inputs will be submitted back to Malaysia for consideration in the finalization of the ASEAN ECCDE Quality Standards.

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Written by Edna Estal   

Press Release

February 29, 2016



CWC condemns smoking of children for fun!


The Council for the Welfare of Children (CWC) condemns the recent reported video of children in Pili, Camarines Sur who were gathered for a smoking contest is another alarming report on violation of child rights.  CWC is the government’s inter-agency body 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 by virtue of Presidential Decree No. 603 or the Child and Youth Welfare Code.

Article 1 of P.D. 603 specifies that the child is one of the most important assets of the nation.  Every effort should be exerted to promote his welfare and enhance his opportunities for a useful and happy life.  The child is not a mere creature of the State.  Hence, his individual traits and aptitudes should be cultivated to the utmost insofar as they do not conflict with the general welfare.

Section 2 of R.A. 7610 stipulates that it shall be the policy of the State to protect and rehabilitate children gravely threatened or endangered by circumstances which affect or will affect their survival and normal development ad over which they have no control.

The incident was reported on February 15, 2016 by ABS-CBN Bayan Mo Ipatrol MO staff, which indicated that this is the case of five (5) children who were participants in the smoking contest held during the fiesta celebration dated February 13, 2016 in the honor of our Lady of Lourdes at Sitio Lourdes Barangay Sagrada, Pili, Camarines Sur.  According to the Sitio Lourdes Youth Organization President, the “smoking contest” was not conducted by the youth officials but by a private individual, a resident of Barangay La Purisima, this municipality.  Punong Barangay of Sagrada, Pili, Camarines Sur cited that he was not aware that the “smoking contest” was realized and he accompanied the MSWDO to Sitio Lourdes to confirm if the said game was conducted during the fiesta.  The MSWDO team together with the Barangay Officials and the youth officials went to the Punong Barangay of Barangay L a Purisima to complain the matter.

To date, per submitted report of RSCWC Chairperson and DSWD Regional Director Arnel Garcia, five minor children participants and referred them to Rural Health Unit for check-up; counselling to parent of five children; provided medical/financial assistance to five children; counselling given to barangay officials/youth officials; assisted the parent/children to PNP Women and Children’s desk; conducted meeting with Sitio Lourdes resident/parent including the  minors/children who were present during the contest; facilitated seminar/lecture on responsible parenthood conducted last February 20, 2016 attended by the parents at Sitio Lourdes; regular coordination and updating with the barangay officials regarding the case and assisted the mother of the winner child of the “smoking contest” to file a case (PNP Pili).

We call upon the Barangay and Municipal Council for the Protection of Children  to take action as a community body to ensure the protection of the rights and welfare of children and shall coordinate with the CWC (Article 86, P.D. 603).

Parents should advise their children on the ill-effects of smoking even for fun as the saying goes “cigarette smoking is dangerous to your health”.

According to a 2009 survey conducted under the auspices of the Philippines' Department of HealthPhilippine Statistics Authority, the World Health Organization, and the United States Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, 28.3 percent of the population are "current tobacco smokers". This figure represents 17.3 million of 61.3 million adult Filipinos.

The Philippines was the 15th largest consumer of tobacco in the world in 2002 and currently has one of the highest smoking rates in Asia, as well as some of the lowest cigarette prices. It is home to several major cigarette and cigar manufacturers, including one owned by Philip Morris International.[4] The Philippines ranks second in number of smokers, and has the highest number of female smokers in the 10-member Association of Southeast Asian Nations. The World Health Organization estimates that 10 Filipinos die every hour due to cancerstrokelung and heart diseases brought on by cigarette smoking.

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