CWC Statement On Maute: Children Involved in Armed Conflict

Press release


The Council for the Welfare of Children (CWC) condemns in the strongest possible terms the recruitment and use of children as combatants of war. This action by the Maute-Isis Group is a clear grave child rights violation.

"Children are zones of peace. This is what our law states. Dapat walang batang nadadamay sa kaguluhan" says Exec. Dir. Mitch Cajayon-Uy. (Article 10 of R.A. 7610 )

The Philippines as a State Party to the UN Convention on the Rights of the Child prohibits the recruitment of children in armed conflict and calls for the adoption of feasible measures to ensure protection and care of children who are affected by armed conflict.

We call on the Maute Isis Group to adhere to the law. We demand the Maute-Isis Group to release these children and let them grow in a proper and safe environment--free from violence.


We also call on our troops to practice maximum tolerance and double its efforts to protect and rescue the children involved.


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03 August 2017

Mary Mitzi Cajayon-Uy named as the new CWC Executive Director


Mary Mitzi “Mitch” L. Cajayon-Uy formally assumed office as the new Executive Director V of the Council for the Welfare of Children (CWC) effective July 25, 2017.


Photo Caption: Mary Mitzi Cajayon-Uy takes her oath in Malacañan Palace as the new Executive Director V of CWC.


President Rodrigo Roa Duterte administered her oath of office last July 17, 2017.

Prior to her appointment as the new Executive Director V, she served as a member of the Caloocan City Council in her first three years in Public Service, and subsequently served as the Representative of the 2nd District of Caloocan City in the 14th and 15th Congress of the Philippines.

Her committee membership in the 14th and 15th Congress extensively includes the Special Committee on the Welfare of Children and Special Persons, Youth and Sports Development, Special Committee on Millennium Development Goals, Committee on Women and Gender Equality and Committee on Higher Education, just to name a few. Further, she also served as a Chairperson to the Special Committee on Globalization and World Trade Organization.

Some of the laws she principally authored and sponsored were R.A. 10627 (Anti-Bullying Act), R.A. 10152 (Mandatory Infant and Children Immunization Act), and R.A. 10630 (An Act Strengthening the Juvenile Justice System).


Photo caption: Formal Installation of Executive Director Mitch Cajayon-Uy (center) attended by the Department of Social Welfare and Development Secretary Judy M. Taguiwalo (right) and CWC Deputy Executive Director Atty. Marijoy D. Segui (left) on July 25, 2017.

In her speech during her formal installation, she expressed her high hopes for CWC and the continuity of her advocacy for the welfare of children.

I am hoping that my prior experience in the Legislature could greatly contribute to CWC,” said Executive Director Mitch.


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Philippines hosts the 7th Cross Regional Meeting on Violence Against Children

to Caption (Left): CWC Deputy Executive Director Marijoy D. Segui together with the children delegation and their guardians; (Right): Philippine children delegates working for their group presentation.

Last June 5-9, 2017, the 7th Cross Regional Meeting on Violence Against Children was held at the Manila Hotel as one of the commemorative activities in line with the 50th Founding Anniversary of the ASEAN for 2017.

This is an annual gathering of representatives from ASEAN sectoral bodies with relevant work on Violence Against Children (VAC), as organized by the United Nations Special Representative of the Secretary General on Violence Against Children (SRSG-VAC).

This year’s cross regional meeting highlighted ASEAN's pioneering initiatives and achievements on eliminating violence against children in the region, through the theme "Placing Children at the Heart of the Sustainable Development Agenda: Mainstreaming Children's Protection from Violence".

A Parallel Session gave the children an outlet to speak out and highlight their roles in eliminating violence against them.

A joint session between parents and children was held on the last day. Issues such as marrying below the age of 18 and corporal punishment were raised. Subsequently, children delegates responded that they should be responsible for themselves. They added that sex education should be brought back as a subject in school and that attention should be given to children with disabilities (CWDs).

Children from other ASEAN Member States were also toured in the Museo Pambata for a glimpse of the Filipino culture and arts.

The Council for the Welfare of Children is one with the ASEAN in supporting initiatives on eliminating violence against children.


Dennis Bernard Sumaylo

Executive Assistant, Office of the Executive Director’

Tel No. 7811039 loc. 1002


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Agencies converge for PPAEVAC Advocacy and Communication Planning

Photo Caption (Left photo, L to R):DED Atty. Marijoy D. Segui responds to the concerns raised during the open forum session as Dr. Dante Velasco listens to the insights; and.(Right photo): Group picture with the PPAEVAC  workshop participants and secretariat.

The Council for the Welfare of Children (CWC) conducted the Philippine Plan of Action to End Violence Against Children Advocacy and Communication Plan (PPAeVAC AdvoCom Plan) on June 20- 23, 2017 held at El Cielito Inn, Baguio City.

Participated by 46 representatives from government agencies, non-government organizations, and as well as partners from the UNICEF, the activity aims develop an AdvoCom Plan for the PPAeVAC, as the Philippines' response to the results of the National Baseline Study on Violence Against Children (NBS-VAC).

Dr. Dante Velasco together with Professor Rica Abad and Dr. Julienne Cubelo of the University of the Philippines Mass Communication Foundation, Incorporated served as the Facilitators of the workshop.

The AdvoCom Plan must be Practical, Doable and Possible ", says CWC Deputy Executive Director Atty. Marijoy D. Segui in her opening message.

During the four-day activity, the participants worked on the three areas of AdvoCom Strategies, namely: 1) Parenting and Caregivers Advocacy Strategy, (2) Child Participation; and (3) Policy Advocacy. The final outputs will be used as basis in drafting the PPAEVAC AdvoCom Plan.

The finalized PPAeVAC AdvoCom Plan will be launched during the 2017 National Children's Month Celebration this November.

This activity is one of the CWC’s initiatives to continuously provide a violence-free Philippines for our children.


Dennis Bernard Sumaylo

Executive Assistant, Office of the Executive Director’


Tel No. 7811039 loc. 1002

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NCCYP sets vision for the 6-year National Strategic Plan


Photo caption: (L to R)  Mr. Rodmar Neo Eda (Child Facilitator), Mr. Josh Cesar Serilo of NAPC-CBS, and the child representatives from different organizations

In preparation for the 6-year National Strategic Plan on the promotion of Child and Youth Participation, the Council for the Welfare of Children (CWC) and the National Committee on Child and Youth Participation (NCCYP) with support from EDUCO organized a 3-day national workshop on June 16-18, 2017 in Manila.

NCCYP is a national network of child participation rights advocates from different government organizations, non-government organizations, faith-based groups, civil society organizations and children representing different children’s associations. NCCYP serves as a national forum for sharing experiences and technical expertise in child and youth participation in the Philippines.

Throughout the workshops, participants drafted a results-based, equity-focused, and gender-responsive National Strategic Plan on the promotion of child participation right for the next six years, i.e., 2017-2022.

In her opening speech, CWC Deputy Executive Director Atty. Marijoy Segui challenged the participants to actively contribute to the discussions in drafting the National Strategic Plan.

For the opening programme, NCCYP Chairperson Ms. Dolora H. Cardeno presented the accomplishments of the Committee from 2008-2016. In addition, Ms. Amihan Abueva of CRC Asia provided an update on the topic “ASEAN Consultation on Creating an Enabling Environment for Child Participation and the “ASEAN Baseline Study on Child Participation.” Ms. Abueva also emphasized that while ASEAN promotes child participation through its plans, most of these plans are not disseminated and implemented at the grassroots level.

Meanwhile, Dr. Henry Ruiz as the main workshop facilitator, presented the concept and principles of Results-Based Management (RBM) and Causality Analysis (CA) as the tools in analysing child participation in the Philippines.

Photo caption: NCCYP members during workshop; form left to right – Ms. Yasmin Tang (Probe Media Foundation), Mr. Peregrino Bertolano (EDUCO), Mr. Derrick Zonio (SOS Children’s Village), Ms. Ma. Rosario A. Rimorin (NCDA) and Ms. Maribel Barcenas (DSWD CO – PSB)

During the workshop, the vision that was drafted for the implementation of the 2017-2022 National Strategic Plan states that Lahat ng mga bata sa Pilipinas ay malayang nakakapagpahayag ng opinion na isinasangalang-alang sa pagbuo ng desisyon na may kinalaman sa kanila, at aktibong nakikilahok sa mga gawaing pangkaunlaran ng pamilya, pamayanan at lipunan na ayon sa kanilang kakayahan.” Moreover, the participants were able to collectively identify the indicative key activities for 2017-2022 that will help the NCCYP achieve its commonly agreed goals and objectives.

A second phase for the NCCYP Strategic Planning will be conducted on August – November this year, this phase will involve a writeshop among the members of the NCCYP, CWC-TMG and key agencies who will finalize the NCCYP Six-Year Strategic Plan for 2017-2022. This phase will also cover the actual conduct of the writeshop and layouting, editing, printing and launching of the Strategic Plan in celebration of the National Children’s Month this year.


For more information, please contact:

Emmanuel P. Mapili

Monitoring and Evaluation Division

Tel no.: 7811039 loc. 2006 to 2008


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