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Date Release:  14 October 2016


President DU30 leads the Recognition of Child-Friendly LGUs for Children and accepts the signed IRR of Centenarians Act of 2016


His Excellency, President Rodrigo Roa Duterte graced and conferred the 2015 Presidential Award for Child-Friendly Municipalities and Cities led by the Council for the Welfare of Children (CWC) and the presentation of the signed Implementing Rules and Regulations (IRR) of Republic Act No. 10868 or the Centenarians Act of 2016 spearheaded by the Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) at Rizal Hall, Malacaῆan Palace on September 26, 2016.  The event was attended by Senator Ralph G. Recto, Senator Maria Lourdes Nancy S. Binay-Angeles, Senator Juan Edgardo M. Angara, Hon Sec. Ismael D. Sueno of DILG, Hon. Sec. Paulyn Jean B. Rosell-Ubial of DOH, Hon. Sec. Judy M. Taguiwalo and Usec. Florita F. Villar of DSWD, and CWC Executive Director Patricia B. Luna.

In the 2015 Presidential Award for Child-Friendly Municipalities and Cities (PACFMC), a total of sixty nine (69) LGUs have been recognized as Regional Awardees while twenty (20 of which qualified as National Finalists.

These LGUs are also recipients of the Seal of Child-Friendly Local Governance (SCFLG) conferred by the CWC which is the pre-qualifying requirement to the PACFMC.  The SCFLG is a recognition and audit system for LGUs delivering clear and positive results for children in the areas of maternal and infant health care, nutritional status of children, day care services, social protection program, school completion rate, and implementation of LCPC programs, projects, and activities.

The CWC initiated the Presidential Award for the Child-Friendly Municipalities and Cities pursuant to Executive Order No. 184 entitled “Establishing the Presidential Award for the Child-Friendly Municipalities and Cities” issued on December 13, 1999. The Presidential Award is considered as a mechanism to gauge the level of child-friendliness of a particular city or municipality and at the same time gives recognition to LGUs that put in place a child-friendly and child-sensitive environment and upholds the rights of Filipino children.  The Award is conferred to deserving local government units in recognition of their vital role in the sustained promotion of children’s rights to survival, development, protection and participation as well as in ensuring child-friendly governance.

The winners of the 2015 Presidential Award for Child-Friendly Municipalities and Cities are as follows:  Davao City, Region XI for Highly Urbanized City Category; Santiago City, Region II for Independent Component City Category; Ilagan City, Isabela, Region II for Component City Category; Buenavista, Guimaras, Region VI for 1st-3rd Class Municipality Category; and, Dumalneg, Ilocos Norte, Region I for 4th-6th Class Municipality.

Another milestone during the event was the presentation of the signed Implementing Rules and Regulations (IRR) of Centenarians Act or Republic Act No. 10868 to President Rodrigo R. Duterte (PRRD) and witnessed by solon authors coming from both the Senate and the House of Representatives.  The Centenarians Act of 2016 stipulates that all Filipinos, who have reached 100 years old and above, whether residing in the Philippines or abroad shall be honored with a Letter of Felicitation from the President of the Philippines congratulating the celebrant for his or her longevity; and a Centenarian gift in the amount of one hundred thousand pesos (Php 100,000.00).  “The passage of this Act is a tribute to Filipino centenarians who have spent their lifetime in contributing to nation building,” Secretary Judy M. Taguiwalo said.  She also appealed to local government units all over the country to ensure that their welfare desks and departments give priority to the needs of senior citizens and give them what is due them.

Written by:

Ma. Edna L. Estal, Psy M, LP

Information Officer III

Public Affairs and Information Office

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Written by Celaine Cabrera   

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


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