20th National Awareness Week for the Prevention of Child Sexual Abuse and Exploitation PDF Print E-mail
Written by PAIO   
Tuesday, 09 February 2016 15:23

Press Release

01 February 2016

20th National Awareness Week for the Prevention

of Child Sexual Abuse and Exploitation



The Council for the Welfare of Children enjoin the nation to be one in combating child abuse. This is in observance of Presidential Proclamation No. 731 series of 1996 that declares the 2nd week of February of every year as "National Awareness Week for the Prevention of Child Sexual Abuse and Exploitation" or also known as "Child Sexual Abuse Awareness Week (CSAAW)". This years’ observance will be on February 8-13, 2016 with the theme I AM THE SOLUTION!”. The theme engages every individual to create change in their communities to make a meaningful impact on sexual violence.

Based on the DSWD child abuse preliminary report as of January 2015, a total of 1,319 or 29% sexually abused and exploited children from 5,526 cases were served by the Department for CY 2015.  For the last three years (2012-2014), sexually abused and exploited children remains second in rank with the highest number of the different types of child abuse cases served by the DSWD.

The following activities will strengthen the promotion of the right of the child towards a Child-Friendly Philippines:  A Caring and Protective Society for, by and with the Children.

a) CSAAW Kick-Off Program with Director Pacita Sarino of DSWD – Protective Services Bureau and Mayor Herbert Bautista on February 8, 2016 at 9:00AM - 4:00PM at the Liwasang Aurora, Quezon City Circle, Quezon City with target participants of 600 children ages 10 up, youth, parents and officials from the Quezon City, National Agencies, Non-Government Organization. The objective is to reach the concerned agencies and the general public on protecting children from sexual abuse and commercial sexual exploitation. This will be highlighted with the video campaign about individual and stakeholder/s expression of commitment and support to end sexual abuse among children and the presentation of the study entitled “THEY SHAMED ME”: A baseline study on the vulnerabilities of street-involved boys to sexual exploitation in Manila;

b) Safer internet Day Campaign c/o Stairway Foundation on February 9, 2016. In support to CSAAW observance, the Stairway Foundation will integrate CSEC advocacy during the safer internet day celebration. There will be a simultaneous school caravan on online safety through their Break the Silence Movement (BSM) in NCR, Silang Cavite, Zamboanga Sibugay, Cebu, Batangas and Mindoro. Prevention of child abuse and exploitation online will be one of their topics during the activity; and

c) Roundtable Discussion on Sexual Exploitation of Children study in the National Capital Region on February 10, 2016 at the Sequioa Hotel, Timog. Expected to attend are 30 select participants from SACSEC Members, Service Providers (NGO, LGU, NGA) and Legislators. Objectives of the RTD are: to present the study on comprehensive understanding of commercial sexual exploitation of children (CSEC) and the emerging nature, forms and extent of CSEC of children and adolescents in Metro Manila and present significant highlights and snapshots on the preliminary results of the research. The study was commissioned by Plan Philippines to Dr. Elizabeth de Castro of the Psycho -social Support and Children’s Rights Resource Center (PST CRRC).

Other CSAAW activities that extend beyond the week-long commemoration included Center for the Prevention and Treatment of Child Sexual Abuse (CPTCSA) Roundtable Discussion with the Family Court Judges; Popularization for kids and teens”, Fun and Learning Day with Children led by ECPAT and TUGON, on February 20, 2016 at the College of Science, Ampitheater, University of the Philippines, Diliman, Quezon City wherein 300 children (7-17 years old) from various communities in Quezon City as participants and Laura Vicuna Foundation“Follow your dreams” (Against sexual abuse) on February 21, 2016 respectively.

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For inquiries please contact:

Mr. Elino L. Bardillo, Public Affairs and Information Office (PAIO) or

Ms. Adelaida Chavezof Policy and Planning Division (PPD)

Telephone No. 7811039 local 1005/1006/2003

Last Updated on Friday, 26 February 2016 13:57
National Agencies support H.E.L.P M.E. Convergence Program to Stop Child Labour PDF Print E-mail
Written by Edna Estal   

Press Release

January 15, 2016


The National Government Agencies, namely DSWD, DepEd, DOLE, DOH, DILG, DA, DOJ, TESDA, NEDA, and NCIP signed the Joint Memorandum Circular (JMC) No. 1 on Guidelines in the Implementation of the HELP ME Convergence Program to Address Child Labor on January 7, 2016 at NEDA Pasig Building, Ortigas Center, Pasig City.

The 2011 National Survey on Children revealed that 3.312 million of 26.617 million children 5-17 years old are working children.  About 2.097 million children are engaged in child labor, of which 2.049 million work in hazardous labor.  Most child labor occurs in the informal sector, with approximately 58.4% working in agriculture, 34.6% in services, and 7% in industry.

Regions with the highest incidence of hazardous child labor were Central Luzon (10.5%), Bicol (10.4%), Western Visayas (8.2%), Northern Mindanao (8.5%), CALABARZON (8.3%), and Central Visayas (7.4%).


Top to Bottom from right to left:

Chairperson Leonor Oralde-Quintayo of NCIP; Executive Director Patricia B. Luna of Council for the Welfare of

Children (CWC); A/Sec. Ma. Monica P. Pagunsan of DOJ; Usec. Emerson Palad of DA, Usec; Austere Panadero of DILG;

Hon. Sec. Arsenio M. Balisacan of NEDA; Hon. Sec. Rosalinda Dimapilis-Baldoz of DOLE; Hon. Sec. Br. Armin Luistro of DepED;

Usec. Camilo Gudmalin of DSWD; Dir. Mario Baquilod of DOH; and, Exec. Dir. Marissa G. Legaspi of TESDA signing the JMC

Exec. Dir. Patricia Luna with Sec. Bro. Armin Luistro, CWC Deputy Director Atty. Marijoy Segui and Ms. Ma. Edna L. Estal



The HELP ME Convergence Program aims to implement a sustainable and response convergence program to address child labor in the Philippines by providing community-based, focused, converged and synchronized strategies to effectively address the child labor problem.

‘HELP ME’ stands for the following:  H – for health services and medical assistance; E -- for education and training; L – for livelihood opportunities to parents of child labourers; P – for prevention, protection and prosecution; M -- for monitoring; and, E – for evaluation.

The JMC shall serve as the basis of engagement of partner government agencies in the convergence of delivery of services in the implementation of the HELP ME Convergence Program, from the national and sub-national levels down to the barangay level.

The HELP ME Convergence Program will be implemented in all regions.  Priority for program convergence will be the DOLE’s target Child Labor-Free Barangays, households covered by the DSWD’s Pantawid Pamily Program and areas identified in the National Household Targeting System for Poverty Reduction (NHTS-PR) and the updated Philippine Development Plan.

The DOLE shall provide overall coordination of activities of HELP ME Convergence Program in the areas of policy, program and strategy formulation and implementation as well as in program monitoring and evaluation.  It shall promote expansion of the alliance towards extension of direct services such as, but not limited to, health, education, welfare and legal assistance to child labor victims and provision of viable economic opportunities to parents of child labourers.


Ms. Ma. Edna L. Estal

Public Affairs Information Office

Tel. No. 7811039 local 1005

Last Updated on Tuesday, 01 March 2016 10:47
Appointment of new Executive Director and Deputy Executive Director PDF Print E-mail
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Friday, 22 January 2016 15:54



CWC Has New ED and DED!


CWC Executive Director Patricia B. Luna and Deputy Executive Director Atty. Marijoy D. Segui take their Oath of Office with CWC Board Chairperson and DSWD Secretary Corazon Juliano “Dinky” Soliaman.


The Council for the Welfare of Children is pleased and honored to announce the appointments of Director Patricia B. Luna and Atty. Marijoy D. Segui as Executive Director and Deputy Executive Director IV, respectively. Director Luna was appointed on 16 June 2015 while Atty. Segui was appointed on 08 December 2015 by no less than His Excellency Pres. Benigno Simeon C, Aquino III.

Prior to their respective appointments, Director Luna served as Deputy Executive Director and as OIC-Executive Director of CWC. On the other hand, Atty. Segui previously worked as Graft Investigation Officer at the General Investigation Bureau-A, Field Investigation Office, Office of the Ombudsman, Quezon City and Attorney V at the Legal Service, DSWD Central Office, Quezon City.

Congratulations ED Pat and DED Atty. Joy, welcome to the CWC family!

CWC Secretariat

Last Updated on Friday, 22 January 2016 16:07
Written by Ruth Marayag, PO III   
Thursday, 26 November 2015 14:29

The Council for the Welfare of Children in collaboration with UNICEF Manila brought together around 85 individuals from the government agencies, national and international non-government organizations and academe in a meeting on 05 November 2015, Holiday Inn & Suites Makati, Ayala Center, Makati City to build stronger partnership towards preventing and responding to violence against children in the country.


The event aimed to ignite the discussions and draw commitments from key stakeholders  to respond to VAC concerns following the conduct of the country’s first-ever National Baseline Study on Violence against Children (NBS-VAC) and of the Systematic Literature Review (SLR) on VAC - MOVING RESEARCH to ACTION.


The meeting provided the venue for sharing global, regional and national initiatives on VAC.  It also opened the space for participants representing the sectors health, education, social welfare, justice and communication to reflect on strategic points to respond in terms of how their agency will use the information drawn from the studies and how can preventing and responding to VAC can be integrated/institutionalized in their respective agency systems. Common response that surfaced was data be used as basis for enhancement and/or development of legislations, policies, programs and interventions and as reference for coming up with communication and advocacy strategies and providing technical assistance to Local Government Units.


As the African Proverb says, “If you want to go fast, go ahead.  If you want to go far, go together.”  This expressed our approach to addressing VAC concerns by bringing in stakeholders toward harmonized and strategic actions for VAC.

Last Updated on Thursday, 26 November 2015 14:49
ZUMBATA PDF Print E-mail
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Friday, 23 October 2015 07:07

CWC Kicks-off the 2015 National Children’s Month with Zumbata on Child Protection


The Council for the Welfare of Children (CWC), together with the Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD), National Youth Commission (NYC) and in partnership with SM Cares, launched the “Zumbata on Child Protection last October 10, 2015 at the Skydome of SM City North EDSA. The event gathered more than 600 participants of both children and adults from partner National Government Agencies, Non-Government Organizations and Local Government Units.


The Honorable Chairperson of CWC and DSWD Secretary Corazon Juliano “Dinky” Soliman, NYC Chairmain Ramon Gregorio “Gio” Tingson, DepEd Undersecretary for Legal & Legislative Affairs Alberto Muyot, and CWC Executive Director Patricia B. Luna graced the event and gave their statements of support for the protection of children against all forms of abuse, exploitation and discrimination. SM City North EDSA Mall Manager Ms. Leonida Samson and Assistant Vice President for Special Projects for Operations and Chairperson for the Children and Youth Committee of SM Supermalls, Mr. Royston Cabuñag also gave their messages of support.


DSWD Undersecretary for Programs and Operations Group Parisya Taradji and DSWD Regional Director for National Capital Region Director Alicia Bonoan were also present.


The kick-off activity also included a call for action from child advocates who represent the different issues involving children such as poverty, corporal punishment, child labor, discrimination and children affected by armed conflict. It was then followed by a symbolic “breaking of chains” by the representatives from the National Government, business establishment, faith-based groups, law enforcement, baranggays and other stakeholders on children.


To conclude the program, a Zumba dance exercise energized the children and adults before enjoying their lunch.


The Zumbata on Child Protection also launched the “Child’s Right to Write Project” of the “One Million Lapis Campaign”, a campaign to receive one million lapis through donations and to give away to underprivileged students in line with the celebration for next year’s National Children’s Month, and the Philippines’ attempt to set the world record on forming the longest line of pencils.


The Zumbata on Child Protection is the kick-off activity for the 23rd National Children’s Month to be celebrated this November pursuant to Republic Act 10661, series of 2015, otherwise known as the “National Children’s Month Act”. The new law commemorates the adoption of the Convention on the Rights of the Child by the United Nations General Assembly on November 20, 1989. Previously, the Philippines celebrated National Children’s Month on October of every year through Presidential Proclamation 267, series of 1993.


For 2015, the theme is “Komunidad at Pamahalaan Magkaisa, Pang-aabuso sa Bata, Wakasan Na!” which highlights protection from all forms of violence, abuse, neglect, exploitation and discrimination and to encourage stakeholders to promote as well as advocate protection of children at the family, schools, community, institution, organization and other settings.


Other activities for the National Children’s Month include:

1. Talakayang Pambaranggay, to be led by the Barangay Council for the Protection of Children (BCPC) and 4Ps parent -leaders. The forum aims to create awareness among parents on positive discipline of children.

2. Dikit A Sticker for Child Safety Campaign, a partnership with bus companies and jeepney groups intends to promote the safety of children in public utility vehicles and in roads.

3. The Launching of Story Book on Children is a partnership with National Bookstore and Dr. Gatmaitan and is composed of stories created by children.

4. A Showcase of Talent on Child Protection aims to gather children and to showcase their different talents.


5. National Summit on Children, the culminating activity, would gather stakeholders and discuss their response to the different issues regarding children.


For further inquiries, please contact:

Mr. Elino L. Bardillon/ Ms. Erica F. Yasay

Telephone No.781-1039 local 1005


23rd NCM materials click here >>> http://cwc.gov.ph/index.php/dls/category/3-children-month-dl

Last Updated on Friday, 23 October 2015 07:36
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