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February 1, 2016

17th Adoption Consciousness Celebration

 

 

The Adoption Consciousness Day is observed annually pursuant to Presidential Proclamation No. 72, series of 1999 to call for public attention and ensure nationwide awareness on legal adoption of orphaned, abandoned and neglected Filipino children in need of permanent home.


As of 2014, the Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) served a total of 2,648 cases of neglected, abandoned and orphaned children in need of nurturing family environment.


United Nations Convention on the Rights of the Child (CRC) article 20 provides that the “State Parties shall, in accordance with their national laws, ensure alternative care for orphaned, abandoned, and neglected children.


The Council for the Welfare of Children (CWC), as the lead agency in protecting and promoting the rights and welfare of children by virtue of Presidential Decree No. 603, otherwise known as the Child and Youth Welfare Code supports the Adoption Consciousness Celebration.  Article 3 of PD 603 states that “The State upholds the right of every child to a wholesome family life that will provide him/her with love, care, understanding, guidance and counselling, and moral and material security, [and that] in cases, however, of a dependent or abandoned child, he/she will be provided with the nearest substitute to a home.”


For 2016, the theme of celebration is “Legal na Ampon Ako: Anak na Totoo” with English caption, A Child Finds Worth in Legal Adoption to sustain the effort in building awareness on the concept of legal adoption and to invite public attention on the importance of legal adoption to provide a needy child with a loving and stable family.

Family is essential to a growing child because some studies revealed the effects on the children without families as associated to a distinct group of vulnerable and at risk children referred to as “left behind”. The estimates of Filipino left behind children under the age of 18 documented around 9 million [UNICEF Study: 2008).  The study of  Dizon-Anonuevo & Anonuevo in  2002 documented intense longing for their mothers of some school aged children who manifest poor school performance or misbehaviors as signals of their  negative emotions and expressions in seeking out of both love and attention.


The joint research DSWD and Atikha Overseas Workers and Communities Initiative Inc. in CY 2013 entitled “Rapid Assessment of Programs and Services for the Families Left Behind of Overseas Filipinos and the Social Cost of Migration” enumerated the following interrelated issues: Psychosocial and emotional impact among left-behind  family members; Vulnerability issues such as youth delinquency; teenage pregnancy, drug addiction, anti-social behaviour, school drop-out; incest rape, pre-marital sex, and sexual abuse of children.


The activities for 2016 Adoption Consciousness Celebration are:  1)  Press Conference and Photo Exhibit (kick-off activity) on February 15, 2016 at PIA Auditorium, Visayas Avenue, Quezon City with Hon. Secretary Corazon “Dinky” Soliman (TBC) and Usec. Vilma Cabrera as panelist; 2)  Adoption Forum on February 19, 2016 at Bulwagang Karunungan, DepEd, Pasig City; 3)  Adoption Help Desks and Photo Exhibits on February 21-22, 2016 at Market-Market, Trinoma, Festival Mall and SM Malls; 4) Regional Convention on Adoption on March 5, 2016; and, 5)  Grand Finals on Oratorical Contest on April 4, 2016 at DepEd, Central Office.

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Contact:

Ms. Ma. Edna L. Estal

Public Affairs Information Office; Tel. No. 7811039 local 1005

 
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.


Contact:

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
Written by Public Affairs and Information Ofiice   
Friday, 22 January 2016 15:54

ADVISORY

 

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
 
BUILDING PARTNERSHIP TOWARDS PREVENTING AND RESPONDING TO VIOLENCE AGAINST CHILDREN (VAC) IN THE PHILIPPINES PDF Print E-mail
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
 
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