Philippines Child-Friendly Cities 2014 PDF Print E-mail
Written by LID   
Thursday, 16 July 2015 10:01

 

PHILIPPINES’ CHILD-FRIENDLY CITIES IN 2014

Top (left to right): National Awardees Davao City, Santiago City, and Tagaytay City receiving the trophy and cash prize

Middle: CWC Chairperson Sec. Dinky J. Soliman, DOJ Secretary Leila de Lima, DILG Undersecretary Austere A. Panadero, and CWC Executive Director Patricia B. Luna delivering their messages to the winning LGUs

Bottom: The Council for the Welfare of Children (CWC) Secretariat

headed by Executive Director Patricia B. Luna  with

DILG Undersecretary Austere A. Panadero and DOH Undersecretary Vicente Y. Belizario


Three local government units aced the efforts toward a child-friendly society in 2014. The coveted Presidential Award for Child-Friendly Cities and Municipalities (PACFMC) was conferred to Davao City for the Highly Urbanized City Category, Tagaytay City for the Component City Category and Santiago City for the Independent Component City Category. Each awardee received a presidential trophy and a cash prize of P500,000.00. DSWD Secretary Corazon Juliano-Soliman, Justice Secretary Leila de Lima, DILG Undersecretary Austere A.Panadero, DOH Undersecretary Vicente Y.Belizario and CWC Executive Director Patricia B. Luna presented the awards to winning LGUs at the Philippine International Convention Center on May 8, 2015.


The Presidential Award for Child-Friendly Municipalities and Cities has five categories, but no LGU qualified to become a National Awardee for the 1st to 3rd Class Municipality Category and 4th to 6th Class Municipality Category. The PACFMC Guidelines state that a National Awardee has to receive a score of at least 85%.


President Benigno S. Aquino III, in his written message, congratulated the awardees and the finalists, expressing optimism for a Philippines as a home to healthy, productive, and active young citizens. “The Filipino Youth are our country’s strongest allies in sowing the far-reaching, lasting positive change. They are the future builders of society, drivers of economy, and stewards of peace and prosperity. This  is why our government remains hard at work in pursuing reforms that promote their development and provide greater opportunities for them to lead dignified, meaningful lives”, he said.


The Presidential Award for Child-Friendly Municipalities and Cities has been an annual undertaking initiated by the Council for the Welfare of Children since 1999, pursuant to Executive Order No. 184. It seeks to encourage local government units to take part in the sustained promotion of children’s rights to survival, development, protection and participation, while ensuring child-friendly governance in the country.

 

The National Award Committee (NAC), composed of both government and non-government organizations, does the review, field validation and deliberation to come up with the national finalists and Presidential Awardees for the different categories for approval of the CWC Board.

 

Last Updated on Thursday, 16 July 2015 12:22
 
Cyber Bullying on Innocent Children PDF Print E-mail
Written by Public Affairs and Information Ofiice   
Tuesday, 14 July 2015 16:13

MEDIA RELEASE

13 July 2015

 

 

CWC: STOP Cyber Bullying on innocent children!

 


Executive Director Patricia Luna of the Council for the Welfare of Children (CWC) expresses grave concern over the alleged video scandal of a famous Kapamilya Child Actress that is the hottest trending talk on facebook and twitter.


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.


Incident report indicated that on July 10, 2015 the alleged scandalous one minute video of the child actress popped up and went viral. It now grabs the number one spot as the most trending topic on social media wherein floods of posts and reactions from Netizens keep on rising. Majority of the netizens are now puzzled whether the alleged scandal is true or is just made up by someone to destroy the good image of the child actress.

 

The posting of the girl picture is a form of Cyber Bullying which is one type of Child Pornography. Child Pornography refers to any representation, whether visual, audio, or written combination thereof, by electronic, mechanical, digital, optical, magnetic or any other means, of child engaged or involved in real or simulated explicit sexual activities based on Republic Act 9775 also known as the Anti-Child Pornography Act of 2009. Section 4, letter e of said Law state that “it is unlawful to publish, post exhibit, disseminate, distribute, transmit or broadcast child pornography or chid pornographic materials”. Any person guilty of violating Section 4 (e) shall suffer the penalty of reclusion in its minimum period and a fine of not less than five hundred thousand (500,000.00) but not more than One million pesos (1,000,00.00).

 

To all netizens STOP and DO NOT download, upload or pass this kind of materials. This is a form of exploitation and crime against our children.

 

To all the parents – please advise our little children to be careful and be responsible for their actions. Let us protect our children from all kinds of abuse including cyber bullying - it is their rights and our responsibility!


###

Contact:

Mr. Elino L Bardillon

Public Affairs Information Office

Council for the Welfare of Children

Telephone No. 7811039 local 1005

Last Updated on Tuesday, 14 July 2015 16:24
 
Emilio F. Mignone International Human Rights Prize 2015 PDF Print E-mail
Written by OED   
Friday, 03 July 2015 16:19

 

 

 

The Department of Foreign Affairs and the Council for the Welfare of Children (CWC) shares with you a copy of the Diplomatic Note from the Embassy of the Argentine Republic in the Philippines requesting nominations for the "Emilio F. Mignone International Human Rights Prize" 2015.


The "Emilio F. Mignone International Human Rights prize" was established in 2007 by the Argentine Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Worship to grant recognition to foreign institutions and/or individuals that have made outstanding contributions towards the promotion and/or protection of human rights in their own country in cases involving systematic violations of human rights, discrimination and social, economic and cultural rights, among other areas.


We would appreciate receiving your nominations on or before July 10, 2015.


Click here to download the Diplomatic Note

 

Last Updated on Friday, 03 July 2015 17:11
 
CWC Conducts Assessment of the Seal of Child-Friendly Local Governance (SCFLG) and Child-Friendly Local Governance Audit (CFLGA) PDF Print E-mail
Written by LID   
Thursday, 25 June 2015 16:53

Top to Bottom from left to right:

Dir. Patricia B. Luna welcoming the participants of the assessment.

DILG-NBOO Dir. Leocadio Trovela providing the framework of the SCFLG.

Dir. Grace Alejandrino discussing the Child-Friendly Philippines.

Participants of the assessment

 

 

 

The Council has recently conducted a post evaluation workshop and assessment of the Seal of Child-Friendly Local Governance (SCFLG) and Child-Friendly Local Governance Audit (CFLGA) last April 14 to 17, 2015 at Hotel Kimberly, Tagaytay City. The Council saw the need to hold a comprehensive assessment of the SCFLG and CFLGA in the following areas: tools, processes, and coordination mechanisms as these are two of the strategies for the “Child-Friendly Philippines: a Caring and Protective Society for, by, and with the Children” framework. The assessment sought to identify the necessary bases for improvement of both strategies as they are conducted annually. The results of the assessment shall be utilized for the establishment of a computerized Knowledge Management System (KMS) for the SCFLG and CFLGA.


The assessment workshop gathered experiences from the sharing of participants which were involved in the actual conduct of the S/CFLGA.  This composed the local audit teams of Tagaytay City and Tanudan, Kalinga, the provincial audit teams of Ilocos Sur and Compostela Valley, and the regional audit teams of Regions VI, VII, VIII, and XI.


The Council with other National Government Agencies from the Department of Social Welfare and Development (Protective Services Bureau), Department of the Interior and Local Government (National Barangay Operations Office and Bureau of Local Government Supervision), and the Department of Labor and Employment (Bureau of Workers with Special Concerns) provided their inputs to the SCFLG and CFLGA.


UNICEF representatives also participated in the assessment being the Council’s partner in child rights responsive governance who provided fund support for the assessment and the proposed establishment of the KMS for the SCFLG and CFLGA.


The following actions points were formulated based on the evaluation workshop of the CFLGA conceptual framework and tools, processes, and coordination mechanisms:

 

1. 1. By 2016, the DILG will issue revised SCFLG and CFLGA Guidelines based on the results and recommendations of the assessment (this covers recommended   composition of the Audit team at the provincial and city/municipal levels).


2. 2.  Concerned National Government Agencies will issue a joint memorandum circular stipulating their roles at all levels.


3. 3. A user’s handbook will be developed for uniformity and consistency of data interpretation.


4. 4. Local Government Units must be provided with incentives for the institutionalization of the “Search and Award for the Best Barangay Council for the Protection of Children”.

 

Last Updated on Monday, 29 June 2015 09:39
 
Parents don’t make fun of our children! PDF Print E-mail
Written by Public Affairs and Information Ofiice   
Tuesday, 02 June 2015 14:31

MEDIA RELEASE

29 May 2015


CWC: Parents don’t make fun of our children!

 


“Children requires guidance and sympathy far more than instructions” – Anne Sullivan


OIC-Executive Director Patricia Luna of the Council for the Welfare of Children (CWC) expressed grave concern over the pictures of a toddler put on a leash and treated like a dog that got viral on facebook.


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.


Incident report indicated that the 3 pictures of the toddler were posted in the mothers facebook account last 25 May 2015. The report indicated that the mother is just making fun of her child which she posted on her facebook to get attention.


Government intervention has already step-in where the child was rescued by the Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) Region 3 and now undergoing medical examination. The mother, on the other hand is facing possible case of Child Abuse under Republic Act 7610 (Special Protection Against Children).


To our barangay officials and Barangay Council for the Protection of Children (BCPC) to be aggressive in their information drive on the prevention of child abuse as mandated under Presidential Decree 603 (Child and Youth Welfare Code), RA 7610 and series of DILG Memorandum Circular on the tasks/functions of Local Council for the Protection of Children and BCPC. Likewise, they (barangay officials and BCPC) should be vigilant in monitoring possible child abuse and neglect happening in their barangays and enjoin immediate reporting of such incident to proper authorities.


To all the parents – we should not make fun of our children! They are our little angels: they need our sensitivity, guidance and care. Let us protect our children it is their rights and our responsibility!


###

Contact:

Mr. Elino L Bardillon

Public Affairs Information Office

Council for the Welfare of Children

Telephone No. 7811039 local 1005

 

Last Updated on Tuesday, 02 June 2015 14:38
 
<< Start < Prev 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 Next > End >>

Page 10 of 15