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Thursday, 11 December 2014 12:35




The Council for the Welfare of Children (CWC) was created by virtue of Presidential Decree (PD) 603 otherwise known as the Child and Youth Welfare Code signed by President E. Marcos on December 10, 1974. PD 603 has been considered as the first revolutionary law on children because it has codified laws on the rights and responsibilities of children below 21 years old (now 18 years old under Republic Act No. 6809) as well as that of parents, with respect to home, church, community, education, and the State. Moreover, special categories of children such as dependent, neglected and abandoned, physically and mentally disabled and youth offenders are protected under the doctrine of “parens patriae”. PD 603 further defined mechanisms for coordination and collaboration between and among home, community and state. It even included protection mechanisms for children with the organization of the Barangay Councils for the Protection of Children (BCPC).


Over four (4) decades of its existence, CWC has been able to show its leadership as inter-agency body on children, mandated to formulate and evaluate policies, coordinate and monitor the implementation and enforcement of all laws and programs on children. Testament to CWC’s work are the plans and framework that promote and safeguard the rights of Filipino children such as the Plan of Action for the Decade of the Filipino Child (1977-1987), the 1990’s Philippine Plan of Action for Children (PPAC) and the Philippine National Strategic Framework for Plan Development for Children (2000-2025) or “CHILD 21” and its medium term 1st and 2nd National Plans of Action for Children, National Strategic Framework for Action to End Violence Against Children, Medium Term Strategic Framework on the Girl-Child and the National Framework on Child Participation.


Other milestones achieved were: United Nations Convention on the Rights of the Child (UN-CRC) Implementation Reports (1st, 2nd and 3rd and 4th), policy advocacy instrumental in the passage of child protection laws such as Special Protection of Children Act (RA 7610), National Barangay Day Care Law (RA 6972), Early Childhood Care and Development Law (RA 8980); Family Courts Act (RA 8369), Children’s Television Act (RA 8370, Domestic Adoption Act (RA 8552), issuance of Executive Order 138 (Establishment of Monitoring, Reporting and Response System for Grave Child Rights Violation in Situation of Armed Conflict) among others. CWC also leads in the celebration of special events on children such as the Children’s Month celebration, National Awareness Week for the Prevention of Child Sexual Abuse and Exploitation and Protection and Gender-Fair Treatment of the Girl-Child Week.



With the challenge of times bringing emerging issues on children and achieving the vision of a “Child-Friendly Philippines: A Caring and Protective Society for, by and with the Children”, CWC will remain steadfast in its works of ensuring that children remain the priority agenda in government as well in the agenda of its partner Non-Government Organizations, Faith-based Organizations, the private sector, local government units and to our beloved children.

Last Updated on Thursday, 11 December 2014 12:51
Written by Public Affairs and Information Ofiice   
Monday, 01 December 2014 10:26

Press Release

28 November 2014



A Yuletide Season reminder from CWC


OIC-Executive Director B. Patricia Luna of the Council for the Welfare of Children (CWC), the highest policy making body on children, urged the public to make this yuletide season for children safe. Begging should be discouraged!


Begging for alms among children in the guise of caroling is a common scene with the advent of holiday season in the streets, jeepneys, malls and big establishment. Caroling in the streets is risky, especially to children who squeeze themselves between vehicles and tap on car windows, or those who jump from public utility vehicles, unmindful of the danger to their life and limb.


Presidential Decree 1563 otherwise known as “Anti-Medicancy Law of 1978” provides an integrated system for the control and eradication of mendicancy. It provides penalties for mendicants and those giving alms directly to the mendicants in the amount of 500 and 20 pesos, respectively. With such small penalty under the 35 year old law, there is a growing call to repeal it.


“Now, more than ever, the government has been seriously enforcing existing laws against child mendicancy. We really want to keep children off the streets,“ CWC Chairperson and DSWD Secretary Corazon Dinky Soliman says.


“If we want to help the mendicants and streetchidren, we must channel this through the proper government agencies, such as the DSWD, and Non-Government Organizations,” Secretary Soliman added.


Further, CWC also advises children to refrain from using pyrotechnics such as “superlolo”, “bawang”, “sinturon ni hudas” “goodbye philippines”, “pla-pla” among others, for the holiday season. We have seen the adverse effects of pyrotechnics among children victims such as poisoning, lost of limbs and worst, deaths. Based on the 2012 Department of Health (DOH) report, a total of 274 children aged 6 to 10 years old became victims of firecracker use.


CWC calls for a safe and mendicancy free holiday season and strongly encourage the stakeholders especially PARENTS, CAREGIVERS and GUARDIANS to ensure that their children will not engage in such activities. The LOCAL COUNCIL FOR THE PROTECTION OF CHILDREN and BARANGAY COUNCIL FOR THE PROTECION OF CHILDREN should take action such as monitoring the selling of pyrotechnics among children and apprehension of violators, and reporting to proper authorities the presence of children beggars. Implementation of the law relative to the two concerns should be a paramount concern of our BARANGAYS to protect our children.



Mr. Elino L Bardillon

Public Affairs Information Office


Telephone No. 7811039 local 1006

Last Updated on Monday, 01 December 2014 10:47
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Designation of OIC-ED and DED PDF Print E-mail
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Friday, 03 October 2014 15:51





The Council for the Welfare of Children is pleased to inform you of the appointment of Director Patricia B. Luna as the Officer-Incharge -Executive Director and Ms. Grace Cymbeline R.T. Alejandrino as Officer-Incharge – Deputy Executive Director of this agency effective September 25, 2014.

Thank you.



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2014 NCM Briefer PDF Print E-mail
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