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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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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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Written by Celaine Cabrera   
Wednesday, 02 March 2016 17:45

17 February 2016

 

CWC CONDUCTS SEMINAR ON BIDS AND AWARDS

A whole day Orientation on Bids and Awards Committee (BAC) and Procurement Staff of the Council for the Welfare of Children (CWC) was held last February 03, 2016 at the CWC Office. The orientation seminar is in line with Republic Act No. 9184 (R.A. 9184) otherwise known as the “Government Procurement Reform Act” and its Implementing Rules and Regulation (IRR).  The orientation focuses on the Procurement Planning and Various Modes of Procurement which was undertaken by the Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD).


The purpose of the activity is to enhance the knowledge of the BAC members and Secretariat with regard to the provisions of the law and in strengthening the implementation of R.A. 9184. This was attended by the CWC BAC members and its Secretariat together with Deputy Executive Director Marijoy Segui. Ms. Karina Antonette Agundo, Supervising Administrative Officer and Ms. Andrea Oca, Administrative Officer V of the DSWD also served as the resource persons for the event.

The following topics were discussed during the orientation: 1) overview of the BAC; 2) functions of the BAC Secretariat; 3) procurement planning; 4) competitive bidding for goods, 5) competitive bidding for consultancy services; and 6) commonly used alternative methods of procurement.

The CWC is committed in upholding good governance by ensuring transparency in its procurement process and implementation of procurement contracts as governed by the provisions in R.A. 9184 and its Implementing Rules and Regulations.

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Written by Celaine Cabrera   
Wednesday, 02 March 2016 17:36

17 February 2016

17TH ADOPTION CONSCIOUSNESS CELEBRATION PRESS CONFERENCE

The Council for the Welfare of Children and other partner agencies of the Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) took part in the Press Conference and Photo Exhibit on Adoption as the launching event on the 2016 Adoption Consciousness Week last  February 15, 2016 (Monday) held at the Philippine Information Agency Auditorium.

The event is in annual observance of the Adoption Consciousness Celebration, as mandated in Proclamation No. 72 signed on 3 February 1999 by then former Hon. President Joseph Ejercito Estrada. The theme for this year’s Adoption Consciousness Week Celebration is entitled “Legal na Ampon Ako: Anak na Totoo” with English caption of “A Child Finds Worth in Legal Adoption” which is also the continuing theme for the 2015 celebration. The Adoption Consciousness Celebration will run from February 15- 21 2016.


Director Rosalie D. Dagulo, OIC- Assistant Bureau Director of the DSWD- Protective Services Bureau gave the opening remark on the Adoption Consciousness Celebration. Director Dagulo highlighted the successful partnership that was established between the DSWD, the Department of Interior and Local Government (DILG), the Department of Education (DepEd), and the Department of Health (DoH), Non-Government Organizations (NGOs), and other adoption stakeholders. Through the initiatives of the stakeholders, the DSWD foresees more individuals reaching out to local government offices and field offices asking about parental care. Furthermore, the role of the media was also accentuated as it conducted several consultations with the DSWD in conceptualizing some of their stories for the past few years.  The role of the media is crucial in giving out the correct information to be received by the public.

Adoptive Family from Kaisahang Buhay Foundation, Mrs. Melissa Moran and her daughter Ms. Carissa Moran shared their journey as a family. They both mentioned how tedious yet worthwhile it is as they went through the legal adoption process. Ms. Carissa revealed how being told about the truth of her adoption at the age of 3 years old never became an issue in her life while growing up.

Ms. Bea Marie Palace, an adoptee from the Norfil Foundation also shared her experience after learning that she was adopted. It was out of curiosity that Ms. Bea came to learn about it because she, too, never felt like she was adopted at all. She  recalled how it was hard for her and for her parents when she started to open-up and ask questions about her biological parents, yet they eventually accepted the idea that she’s longing to find her roots. Luckily, Norfil Foundation helped her contact her mom which was reported to be in Naga last year.

Director Pacita Sarino, the Bureau Director of the DSWD- Protective Services Bureau delivered the message for Undersecretary Vilma B. Cabrera. Usec. Cabrera’s message underscores how DSWD ensures that the poor, vulnerable, and the disadvantaged people are empowered for an improved quality of life. Usec. Cabrera’s message also noted with deep appreciation the presence and cooperation of its partner agencies such as the Norfil Foundation, Kaisang Buhay Foundation, Adoptive Families Foundation, Foster Adopt Support Group, Association of Child Care Agencies of the Philippines, Inter-Country Adoption Board representatives, the Council for the Welfare of Children  (CWC), staff of DSWD field offices, the Department of Interior and Local Government, and the Metropolitan Manila Development Authority (MMDA).

The invited media partners, panelists from DSWD, selected adoptive families/adult adoptees and other agencies actively participated in the Open Forum.

For the second part of the event, Director Sarino participated in the ribbon cutting together with Director Dagulo for the opening and viewing of the photo exhibit.

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Written by Celaine Cabrera   
Wednesday, 02 March 2016 17:16

10 February 2016

I AM THE SOLUTION! CWC KICKS-OFF THE 20thNATIONAL AWARENESS WEEK FOR THE PREVENTION OF CHILD SEXUAL ABUSE AND EXPLOITATION

“I am the Solution! (Ako ang Solusyon!)”is the theme for the 20th National Awareness Week for the Prevention of Child Sexual Abuse and Exploitation, also known as the Child Sexual Abuse Awareness Week (CSAAW). The Council for the Welfare of Children (CWC) worked hand-in-hand together with the members of the Sub-Committee on Sexual Abuse and Commercial Sexual Exploitation of Children (SACSEC) group.

A kick-off activity commenced the CSAAW last February 08, 2016 at the Liwasang Aurora, Quezon City Circle for the morning activity. This was held in observance of the Presidential Proclamation No. 731 series of 1996 which aims to promote vigilance and unity against child abuse. This week-long activity is observed from February 08 to February 13, 2016.

The morning activity of the kick-off event was graced by Honorable Mayor Herbert M. Bautista

of Quezon City (Top Left); Executive Director Patricia Patricia Luna of the CWC (Top Right);

Mr. Jarrett Davis (Bottom Left); and Director Pacita Sarino of the Department of Social

Welfare and Development (DSWD)- Protective Services Bureau (Bottom Right).

 

Mayor Bautista gave an interesting welcome remarks on how the Quezon City Local Government continues to address child sexual abuse. He took note of the situation of the children living in the streets and how vulnerable they are to any forms of abuse. With this, he acknowledged how the Barangay Council for the Protection of Children (BCPC) continues to strive for the protection of these children.

Director Sarino delivered eye-opening remark, supported by the data on rape cases that the DSWD has served for the period of 2015. This data totaled to a number of three hundred thirty (330) rape cases between ages 14 to 17. Director Sarino encouraged the attendees to actively engage in various interventions relating to child sexual abuse.

Mr. Jarrett Davis, social researcher and consultant on Exploitation and Violence Issues, presented his research, entitled “Baseline Study on the Vulnerabilities of Street-Involved Boys to Sexual Exploitation in Manila, Philippines.” This study explores the vulnerabilities experienced by the street-working boys in Manila.

The CWC also presented its Audio Visual Presentation on CSAAW. The video highlights the commitment of youth advocates, barangay officials, parents, and NGO representatives who are committed in raising awareness regarding the prevention of child sexual abuse and exploitation.Another part of the morning activity involved the writing of pledges in the “I am the Solution” board by the attendees of the event.

Executive Director Luna concluded the morning activity by enjoining everyone to help stop child abuse cases in the Philippines continues to increase dramatically. She reiterated how it is important for the children to speak up when they experience or feel that something is uncomfortable for them. It is important to note that child sexual abuse involves not only physical touching but also other deviations as well.

A mini-concert was organized as the afternoon activity, held at the Covered Basketball Court of the Quezon City Circle. This involved interactive booths and on-stage performance by children and teens which they all enjoyed. In observance of the CSAAW, partner NGOs will be conducting their individual activities which is aimed at promoting civic engagement and public participation in this phenomenal issue on sexual abuse against children.

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