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30 May 2017


Brigada Eskwela '17 welcomes thousands of pencils collected from CWC's 1M Lapis Campaign

Photo Caption, (L-R): Atty. Josephine G. Maribojoc, Asst. Secretary for Legal Affairs, DepEd; Asst. Regional Director for Operations Grace Subong, DSWD VII; Atty. Marijoy D. Segui, Deputy Executive Director IV, CWC; OIC Regional Director Juliet A. Jeruta, Ph.D.DepEd, and Atty. Tony Umali, Asst. Secretary for Legislative Affairs, DepEd.


The Council for the Welfare of Children (CWC) turned-over 776, 190 pencils during the Regional Kick-Off of the 2017 Brigada Eskwela at the Ramon Duterte Memorial National High School in Cebu City on May 15.

The theme for this year’s Brigada Eskwela is “Isang DepEd, Isang Pamayanan, Isang Bayanihan para sa Handa at Ligtas na Paaralan”.

Grades 1 to 3 public school students from 4th to 6th class municipalities in the Philippines will be the recipients of 4, 055, 735 pencils collected from the One Million Lapis Campaign which concluded last November 2016 during the National Children’s Month celebration.

The distribution of pencils is in time for the opening of classes for School Year 2017-2018.

This event was graced by DepEd Secretary Leonor Briones together with other DepEd officials and guests including CWC Deputy Executive Director (DED) Atty. Marijoy D. Segui, Australian Embassy First Secretary Felicity Lee and representatives of the Office of the Governor and City Mayor of Cebu, respectively.

For 2018, DED Atty. Segui also mentioned that CWC will embark on a project with DepEd and GMA Kapuso Foundation entitled One Million Bags and School Supplies Campaign which is a continuing endeavor to promote child’s right to quality education.


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04 April 2017

Barangay Quirino- 2B celebrates 2017 Girl-Child Week with CWC

Barangay leaders, parents, children and residents of Barangay Quirino-2B, Project 2, Quezon City, gathered in the Council for the Welfare of Children (CWC)’s “Batang Babae, Kumusta Na?: A Forum on the State of Girl-Children in the Community.”

Photo caption: (L) Panelist of the Forum: Mr. Ricardo L. Batta (Social Services Development Department of Quezon City); Dr. Serafia C. Vargas (DepEd Schools Division Office of Quezon City); Dr. Maria Teresa B. Rivera (DOH-NCRO); PS/Insp. Winnie T. Lampuyas (PNP-WCPC); Ms. Clarita Alagar (Soroptimist International of Congressional), Chairman Celso G. de Veas (Brgy, Quirino 2B; and (R) Residents of Brgy, Quirino 2B.

The Forum is in celebration of the Girl-Child Week conducted every 4th week of March, pursuant to Proclamation 579 of 1996. For 2017, the Girl-Child Week is observed on March 27-31.

The event aims to: 1) target community level which will present the current situation of the girl-children in the community; and 2) discuss the projects, programs and activities of the Barangay, Local Government Unit of Quezon City (QC), National Government Agencies and Non-Government Organizations.

Participants were welcomed by Barangay Chairman Celso G. de Veas and was followed by a keynote message from Executive Director Patricia B. Luna.

A Situationer on Children highlighting the results of the National Baseline Study on Violence Against Children (NBS-VAC) was presented by Ms. Normina Mojica, Planning Officer of CWC.

Dr. Serafia Vargas, OIC, Chief, Curriculum Implementation Division of the Department of Education (DepEd) Schools Division Office of QC, highlighted the Program Development, Educational Transformation and Deployment of the children in QC.

Subsequently, Dr. Maria Teresa B. Rivera, Chief of the Local Health Systems and Development- Family Health Cluster of the Department of Health- National Capital Region Office (DOH-NCRO) lectured on women’s health, pregnancy, childbirth and the services that mothers and children must avail.

In addition, PS/Insp. Winnie T. Lampuyas, Assistant Chief of the Investigation and Intel Section of the Anti-Violence Against Women and Children Division of the Philippine National Police- Women and Children Protection Center (PNP-WCPC) discussed the Crime Statistics which shows that violence against children (VAC) fared second in the most reported cases of WCPC. Moreover, she also discussed policies, guideline, directives and PNP’s Crime Prevention and Awareness Program.

Ms. Clarita Alagar, President of the Soroptimist International of Congressional, shared the organization’s continuing partnership with CWC and noted the Water, Sanitation and Hygiene (WaSH) facility in a community in Quezon City as the current project of their organization which particularly caters to children.

In the Local Government of QC, Mr. Ricardo Batta, Social Welfare Officer of the Social Services Development Department (SSDD) also shared how children are protected through social welfare interventions.

Likewise, Chairman Celso de Veas highlighted presence of the Barangay Council for the Protection of Children (BCPC) as fully-functional in their Barangay and answered questions regarding the discipline hour in the community.

Lastly, Atty. Marijoy D. Segui, Deputy Executive Director of CWC thanked the Barangay and enjoined the participants to support the upcoming events and advocacy activities of CWC.


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28 December 2016

Launch of the National Baseline Study on Violence Against Children

The results of the first ever National Baseline Study on Violence Against Children (NBS-VAC) in the Philippines was officially launched on 06 December 2016 in Manila Hotel led by the Council for the Welfare of Children (CWC) and United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF) with their partners from government agencies and non-government organizations.


Photo caption: (L-R) CWC Director Patricia Luna , Christian Saludar (Child Representative), UNICEF Philippines Representative Lotta Sylwander, DSWD Secretary Judy Taguiwalo, Child Protection Network Director Dr. Bernadette Madrid and Professor Laurie Ramiro of UP Manila. Retrieved from INQUIRER.net.

The Government of the Philippines through the CWC in collaboration with UNICEF,  Department of Health, University of the Philippines Manila and Consuelo Alger Zobel Foundation conducted a  nationwide study among 3,866 children and youth aged 13-24 years old that provides information on the prevalence and various forms of violence against children in the country.

The study revealed that:

- 80% of children and youth experienced  some form of violence in their lifetime, whether in the home, school, workplace or community, with boys at 81.5% and girls, 78.4%.

- 1 in 3 children experiences physical violence, with more than half of this happening at home

- Most common cases of violence at home are corporal punishment committed by parents and siblings

- 3 in 5 children experience psychological violence; in the form of verbal abuse, threats or neglect

- 1 in 5 children below age 18 have experienced sexual violence while growing up

- Common perpetrators of sexual violence are brothers or cousins. Among males who experienced sexual violence, frequent perpetrators are cousins, fathers and brothers.

- Nearly half of children experience violence online, whether sexual violence or cyber-bullying

Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) Secretary and CWC Chairperson Judy Taguiwalo urged the community to report cases of violence against children and the government to use the results of the research as “the data will be significantly useful if translated into action,” she said.

CWC Executive Director Patricia B. Luna on the other hand highlighted the crafting of a multi-sectoral Philippine National Plan of Action on VAC (NPA-VAC), as a response to the results of the study. The plan will integrate the VAC results into the 3rd National Plan of Action for Children (NPAC) from 2017-2022.  Moreover, Director Luna enjoined everyone present - the government agencies, NGOs, faith-based organizations, academe, civil society, media and the children and youth to participate and support the campaign to end VAC in the Philippines.

The NPA-VAC as presented by DSWD Undersecretary Mae Fe Ancheta-Templa, will address the cause of violence in the Philippines as it will converge the commitment of government and other stakeholders.

The formal launch mainly featured the multi-sectoral Declaration of Commitment to End Violence Against Children in the Philippines, from the officials and representatives of government agencies, NGOs, UN organization, academe, faith-based organization and by children themselves.


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02 February 2017

Observance of the 21st Child Sexual Abuse Awareness Week




In celebration of the annual National Awareness Week for the Prevention of Child Sexual Abuse and Exploitation or the Child Sexual Abuse Awareness Week (CSAAW), the Council for the Welfare of Children and its partner agencies launch this year’s 21st observance with the theme “WE ARE THE SOLUTION.”

Presidential Proclamation No. 731 series of 1996 declares the 2nd week of February each year as the National Awareness Week for the Prevention of Child Sexual Abuse and Exploitation.

This year’s theme emphasizes the significance of “We” which pertains to the convergence of efforts from every individual in the community in ending child sexual abuse.

The number of reported child-abuse cases served by DSWD accounted sexually-abused and sexually-exploited children as the leading cases in the country through the following data.



Total Number of Child Abuse Cases served




1,378 (25%)


5, 006

1,246 (25%)


4, 873

1,172 (24%)



1,147 (26%)

(Source: DSWD Policy Development and Planning Bureau)

Data from the DSWD Reported Child Abuse Cases served showed a 21% (1,181) reduction of child abuse cases from 2012 - 2015. The reduction can be attributed to the increase awareness of the public and community on the consequences and/or penalty on child abuse specifically sexual abuse cases.

Further, the National Baseline Study on Violence Against Children (NBS-VAC) revealed that 1 in 5 children aged 13 - <18 years old have experienced sexual violence while growing up. It has been identified that among males who experienced sexual violence, the frequent perpetrators are cousins, fathers and brothers; nearly half of children experience violence online, whether sexual violence or cyber-bullying.

To further intensify public awareness on child sexual abuse and exploitation, below are the tentative line of activities for the observance of the national CSAAW:

1. Break the Silence (BTS) National Network Launch: The BTS Launch serves as the Kick-off activity for the CSAAW week which will be conducted in 06 February 2017/ 1 PM at the Philippine Christian University Auditorium, Taft Avenue, Manila;

2. Roundtable Discussion with Quezon City Family Court Judges and Prosecutors on the Kids and Teens Court Awareness Program: CPTSCA will share the outcome of the Kids and Teens Court Awareness Program on 06 February 2017/ 1-5 pm at the Hive Hotel, Quezon City; and

3. Fun and Learning Day with Children with Ateneo ECPAT: This activity will be conducted on 11 February 2017.


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27 December 2016

CWC recognized partners for 2016 NCM

The success of the recently concluded 2016 National Children’s Month (NCM) led to the awarding of appreciation plaques by the Council for the Welfare of Children (CWC) to its partner organizations on 12 December 2016 at Marco Polo Hotel, Pasig City, during its Thanksgiving and Recognition of Partners for the 2016 NCM event.

Photo caption: Awarding of plaques by the Council Board Members to CWC partner organizations (L-R) Dir. Erlinda Capones (NEDA),

Asec. Aimee Neri (DoJ), Asec. Maria Francia Laxamana (DoH), Ms. Kristine Cendana (AMSPEC), Ms. Catherine Alejandro (Robinsons Land Corporation),

Ms. Ma. Judy Gutierrez (The Soroptimist), Ms. Katrina Paat and Mr. Jefferson Altre (SFAC), Dir. Marian Opena (NCSD); Mr. Royston Cabunag (SM Cares),

Dir. Patricia Luna (CWC) and Dir. Nielex Tupas (NYC)

The awarding of plaques was done in recognition of the partners’ commendable contribution and partnership for the 2016 NCM. This was attended by CWC Council Board Members, National Steering Committee on Child Rights Advocacy Members, and representatives from other partner organizations.

In her keynote message, CWC Executive Director Patricia Luna expressed her appreciation in the partnership and support that everyone has provided for this year’s NCM, especially in advocating for the protection and promotion of children’s rights.

Students from the Tinajeros National High School of Malabon City presented their version of sabayang pagbigkas piece of “Para sa Isang Milyong Batang Malaya!” which they presented previously on the 2016 World Day Against Child Labor celebration.

The awarding ceremony was led by CWC Executive Director Patricia Luna, National Youth Commission (NYC) Executive Director Nielex Tupas, Department of Justice (DoJ) Assistant Secretary Aimee Neri,  Department of Health (DoH) Assistant Secretary Maria Francia Laxamana, and National Economic and Development Authority (NEDA) Director Erlinda Capones.

Among the recipients of the plaque present in the event were: Amalgamated Specialties Corporation (AMSPEC), SM Cares Program for Children and Youth, The Soroptimist, Robinsons Land Corporation; Sun for All Children Incorporated, and National Council for Social Development; other recipients include the Land Bank of the Philippines PTV 4, The Philippine Star, UNTV, Mercury Drug Corporation, GMA News Online, Rappler, and STI Foundation.

The celebration of the 2016 NCM highlights several projects/campaigns directed towards the advancement of child rights, which includes: 1) One Million Lapis Campaign; 2) Guinness Book of World Records for the Longest Line of Pencils; 3) Dikit a Sticker on Child Safety Campaign; and 4) development of the Child Protection Policy. 


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