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18 March 2016


CWC Conducts Orientation cum Work planning for the Newly-Hired RC/SCWC Technical Staff

The new directions and organizational transformation being instituted by CWC towards its  goal of   becoming  “the recognized lead advocate and monitoring body for child rights” requires the strengthening of  the RC/SCWCs as CWC's major arm/structure at the sub-national level and as the critical link between the national and local government for children's concerns.

 


CWC Deputy Executive Director, Atty. Marijoy D. Segui delivering her welcome remarks (Upper portion); Ms. Grace Alejandrino of the Policy and Planning Division of the CWC discussing the Thrust/Directions and Strategic Goals of the CWC (Lower left); and The RC/SCWC Technical Staff and the CWC staff taking a pose at the CWC (Lower right).

Given that CWC has no regional offices, the most that it can do in the meantime, is to hire a technical staff whose primary function is to act as the RC/SCWC Secretariat and assist the RC/SCWC perform its functions most importantly in the implementation of its planned activities.

For 2016, the Department of Budget and Management (DBM) finally approved the budget allocation for the salaries of RC/SCWC Technical staff in all seventeen (17) RC/SCWCs.

The newly-hired Technical Staff for the Regional Committee/Sub-Committee for the Welfare of Children (RC/SCWC) participated in the two and a half day orientation cum workplanning conducted by the Council for the Welfare of Children (CWC) on March 8-10, 2016.  The activity was conducted at the Hive Hotel and Convention Place, Quezon City.

The orientation covers CWC mandate, vision mission, the basics on CWC's framework for a Child-Friendly Philippines which include the United Nations Convention on the Rights of the Child (UN-CRC), National Plan of Action for Children among others.

Most importantly, the RC/SCWC Technical Staff were oriented on the RC/SCWC roles and functions and its functionality indicators and were clarified on their critical roles as

RC/SCWC Technical Staff.

As expected, the RC/SCWC Technical Staff came up with their respective workplans based on the 2016 Work and Financial Plan and Indicative Plans developed by during the Chairpersons and Members' Cluster Conference in 2015.

All the RC/SCWC Technical Staff visited CWC office and had some time for interaction with the other CWC staff as part of the activity.

With this development, CWC looks forward to the increased functionality of the RC/SCWCs in promoting and protecting child rights thereby pursuing our goal of achieving a "Child-Friendly Philippines.”

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Flordeliza Gultiano

Monitoing and Evaluation Division

Council for the Welfare of Children

Telephone No.: 7811039 local 2006

 
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Written by Celaine Cabrera   

Press Release

01 March 2016

END CHILD PORNOGRAPHY AND SEXUAL ABUSE IN THE CYBERSPACE:

A CALL TO ACTION FROM CWC

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

CWC UNDERSCORES SENSITIZATION OF VALUES ON TV ADEVRTISMENTS


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

CWC EMPHASIZES REPORTING OF INCIDENTS OF NEGLECT TO CHILDREN

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

 

ASEAN EARLY CHILDHOOD CARE AND DEVELOPMENT AND EDUCATION QUALITY STANDARDS VALIDATION WORKSHOP

 

 

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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