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
 
ZUMBATA PDF Print E-mail
Written by Public Affairs and Information Ofiice   
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.


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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
 
Call for Nomination for the Children Sector Representative 2015 to the ASEAN Commission for the Promotion and Protection of Women and Children (ACWC) PDF Print E-mail
Written by PPD   
Thursday, 13 August 2015 12:01

CALL FOR NOMINATION

 

The Inter-Agency Committee for the Selection of the Philippine Representative to the ASEAN Commission for the Promotion and Protection of Women and Children (ACWC) on Children’s Rights announces the nomination for the Children Sector Representative to the ACWC.


Click here to download the criteria and nomination form

Last Updated on Thursday, 13 August 2015 14:05
 
MTRCB Issues an Order on Pinoy Big Brother 737 Show PDF Print E-mail
Written by Office of the Executive Director   
Wednesday, 29 July 2015 18:18

 

The MTRCB has invited Executive Director Patricia B. Luna of Council for the Welfare of Children (CWC) as a Resource Person at their Hearing Conference for the Television Program “Pinoy Big Brother 737” on 09 July 2015 at 10:00 o’clock in the morning before our Ad Hoc Adjudication Committee. The conference is meant to address the safety measures that may have been put in place by the program producer to guarantee that no participant in the Pinoy Big Brother 737 is exposed to situations, challenges and experiences which may be prejudicial to his/her well-being, or which may have a negative impact on the youth who may be watching the show.

 

Attached is the MTRCB Order as a result of the hearing.

MTRCB Order

Last Updated on Wednesday, 29 July 2015 18:31
 
Street Children's are Victims not criminals PDF Print E-mail
Written by PAIO   
Monday, 20 July 2015 12:57

Press Release

 

15 July 2015

 

STREET CHILDREN ARE VICTIMS NOT CRIMINALS!

 


Executive Director Patricia Luna of the Council for the Welfare of Children (CWC) expresses grave concern on the article which appeared on page 18 of the Philippine Star published on 13 July 2015 entitled “MPD rounds up street kids for mugging tourists” by Mr. Rey Galupo.


The report indicated several incidents of robbery and pick pocketing among tourists which involved six street children ages 10 to 12 years. The report also stated that the children belong to a gang handled by certain “Kuya”, who stays near the Ermita church.


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 reiterate the following statements:

 


1. The Street children are victims not criminals. Republic Act 9344 otherwise known “Juvenile Justice Welfare Act” classify street children as “children at risks” which refer to a child who is vulnerable to and at the risk of committing criminal offenses because of personal, family and social circumstances such as being abuse, exploited, abandoned or neglected, coming from a dysfunctional family, out of school, being member of gang and coming and living in a community with high level of criminality and drug abuse;

 


2. Section 14 of RA 9344 emphasizes the role of the mass media as follows “the mass media shall play an active role in the promotion of child rights, and delinquency prevention by relaying consistent messages through a balanced approach. Media practitioners shall, therefore, have the duty to maintain the highest critical and professional standards in reporting and covering cases of children in conflict with the law. In all publicity concerning children, the best interest of the child should be the primordial and paramount concern. Any undue, inappropriate and sensationalized publicity of any case involving a child in conflict with the law is hereby declared a violation of the child's rights”,

 


3. Compliance to the Protocol to Reach Out to Street Children per CWC Board Resolution No. 2 series of 2011 and DSWD-DILG Joint Memorandum Circular No. 1 series of 2012 specifically on the term “Round Up” which should not be used instead it will be ”Rescue or Reach-Out” as a process by which the street children are taken away from the streets and hazardous environment;

 


4. The Police should investigate the so called “Kuya” mentioned in the report, who allegedly the leader of the gang where the children are believed to be members and prosecute if found guilty of a violation of law on robbery and pick pocketing under the Revised Penal Code;


5. Since this is a coordinated activity with the local social welfare office as mentioned in the news article, we also enjoin the said office to provide the needed appropriate intervention to these minors and their families based on their mandate; and


6. The LOCAL COUNCIL FOR THE PROTECTION OF CHILDREN and BARANGAY COUNCIL FOR THE PROTECION OF CHILDREN of the concerned LGU should take action such as monitoring the activities of the street children and provision of diversion program to prevent delinquency. Care and protection of children should be a paramount concern of our BARANGAYS.

 

Contact:

Mr. Elino L Bardillon

Public Affairs Information Office

Telephone No. 7811039 local 1006

Last Updated on Monday, 20 July 2015 15:14
 
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