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Date Release:  5 September 2016

CWC appeals to the public to be vigilant on injuries amid the Pokemon GO games!

The ‘augmented reality’ Pokemon game called Pokemon Go has become popular so fast among the Filipinos, which has been officially released in just three countries (Aus, New Zealand and U.S).  It has caught a harmony with gamers and has raced its way to the top of the charts on both the iPhone OS and Android application stores.

Niantic, Inc., an American software development company based in San Francisco, California best known for developing and publishing Pokemon Go recently released that it has already found a huge following among gamers, but it can be harmful to the person playing the game unless the person is careful (source:  Wikipedia, The Free Encyclopedia).

In the Philippines, people whether young or adult are fond of playing Pokemon Go games as seen in news reports or even in actual day to day experience.  However, some people are getting too engrossed in the game and in turn getting injured which is partly because the game transforms the real world into a Pokemon catching arena.  People get so immersed in catching Pokemon that they ignore the risks of real world that might take place like playing Pokemon Go while driving or walking along the city’s streets.  “It has been reported that multiple people suffered minor injuries from falling while playing the game due to being distracted.  Also, reports from other countries include accidents due to inattentive driving, trespassing, and being targeted by criminals due to being unaware of one’s surroundings (Sources:  Manila Bulletin; GMA News Online).  Specially, the minor or children as patronage who were considered as the most vulnerable sector in our society because of susceptibility and helplessness in different forms of danger.

The CWC strongly appeals to parents, teachers, duty holders and stakeholders in the community to be on guard and provide guidance to the children/minors regarding the consequences of being preoccupied in playing Pokemon Go which might hamper their growth and development and cause injuries or accidents.



written by:

Ma. Edna L. Estal

Public Affairs Information Office

Council for the Welfare of Children

Telephone No. 7811039 local 1006

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Press Release

April 4, 2016

End Violence against Children!

As part of the global initiatives to end Violence Against Children (VAC), a research forum entitled “Boy & Girls At Risk” in conjunction with the first ever national baseline study on the magnitude and extent of VAC in the county (Philippines) was conducted on March 31-April 1, 2016 in Manila Hotel.  The Council for the Welfare of Children organized the activity in collaboration with UNICEF Manila, Consuelo Zobel Alger Foundation, University of the Philippines-National Institutes of Health/Institute of Health Policy and Development Studies and Child Protection Network.

One hundred eighty (180) people participated in the forum from different fields of profession composed of national government agencies, non-government organizations, and academe together with DSWD Hon. Sec. Corazon Juliano- Soliman, Executive Director Patricia B. Luna and Deputy Executive Director Atty. Marijoy Segui, UNICEF Country Representative Lotta Sylwander, Mr. Stephen Blight of UNICEF-EAPRO.

DSWD Secretary Dinky Soliman said that the NBS-VAC provides an opportunity to have a better grasp of the situation of children vulnerable to abuse and ensures that the response provided to them is appropriate and timely.  She quoted that there is an African adage that goes, “It takes a village to raise a child.” With this launch, we are reaffirming that sense of community. We are one village raising our children in a society that values them, cares for them, and loves them – because a community that values and cares for its children instills confidence and caring in them that will enable them to participate in the same community and help shape its values towards building a better and stronger nation.

The highlight of the forum is the presentation of the preliminary result of the Philippine VAC Study with emphasis on Boys and Girls at Risk by UP-Manila Prof. Laurie Ramiro, which aimed to obtain a national estimate of the prevalence of various forms of VAC in the country and to gather information on the status of child protection in local government units in terms of resources and prevention readiness. The study covered a total of 172 barangays nationwide, with a final sample size of 4,283 sample size consisting of 13 – 24 years old respondents. The overall study design for quantitative research is prevalence study and for qualitative research is the community stakeholder’s study and the methodology used is the concurrent mixed design.  The data collection for the study was completed in August 2015 and preliminary results/findings were shared during the Ako para sa Bata, The International Conference last December 1-2, 2015 in Cebu City.

Relevant presentations by experts ensued during the first day.  Among the topics discussed were as follows: Philippine Systematic Literature Review on VAC by Dr. Bernadette Madrid; Corporal Punishment by Prof. Lianne Alampay; Trust, Power, and Violence by Dr. Elizabeth de Castro; Culture and Violence by Dr. Michael Tan; Masculinity:  What do Filipino boys learn? by Mr. Jay Yacat; and, The Role of Gender in Violence by Prof. Carol Sobritchea.

For the second day, presentations discussed were equally interesting and important namely:  VAC and the exploitation and Abuse of Children Online by Ms. Marie-Laure Lemineur; VAC and Child Online Protection by Ms. Sarah Norton-Staal; Engaging community in child sexual abuse prevention online and offline by Afrooz Kaviani  Johnson; Building Capacity/Skills for Prevention and Response by Ms. Stephanie McCourt; Legislation and Policy Opportunities within VAC Interventions to Prevent VAC using Advocacy and Policy by Ms. Wilma Banaga; Philippine Age of Sexual Consent/Statutory Rape by Dean Sedfrey Candelaria; Understanding Filipino Family Norms by Prof. Belen Medina; Migration Orphans by Dr. Norietta Balderrama; Parenting Filipno Children Under Stress by Dr. Lourdes Carandang; Interventions to Prevent Violence Strategies to Prevent Child Maltreatment by Dr. Susan Mercado; Family Development Session and Child Protection by Dir. Leonardo C. Reynoso; Poverty, Social Protection and Equity by UP Vice Chancellor Nymia Simbulan.

To conclude the two-day research forum, CWC Executive Director Luna captured the attention of the participants by providing the challenges, recommendations and next steps to take from this forum.  The preliminary result of the VAC study is just the beginning of more tedious works ahead of us.  Our participation in the forthcoming International and Local activities such as: Knowledge Exchange on Effective Strategies for Violence Prevention in Kuala Lumpur in November 2016; Asia VAC Meeting in Beijing on  26-27 April 2016; National Children’s Conference, Summit; National & Regional dissemination of the NBS-VAC result; Conduct workshops fora to review and respond to results VAC through development of multi-sectoral response plan and the launch of the NBS-VAC on October 7, 2016 are all geared towards making our country VAC free.


“We need to act, STOP Violence Against Children NOW!”

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01 April 2016


The Council for the Welfare of Children (CWC) lined up a series of activities for the CWC staff in celebration of the 2016 National Women’s Month which is celebrated every March.

The theme for this year’s celebration is entitled “Kapakanan ni Juana, Isama sa Agenda! which calls for a gender-balanced leadership roles in the public and private sector and the inclusion of women’s concerns in the government’s development agenda.

A film showing was conducted in CWC on March 07, 2016 which presents “Mga Kwentong Barbero” starring Ms. Eugene Domingo as Marilou, who, as a widow, took on his late husband’s job as a barber and took over his barber shop. The film depicts themes on gender roles and sisterhood; it shows how Marilou endured gender discrimination together with the support of her female friends as they face an unsettling situation with the rebel insurgents during the Marcos era.

Last March 14, 2016, the CWC staff got hyped up in the morning with its Wellness Zumba Session which was led by Zumba instructor, Mr. Jonnifer Lacorte. For the afternoon activity, an Orientation on Women and Nutrition was discussed by the resource person, Mr. Kelvin Esposo, Nutrition Officer II of the National Nutrition Council.

A one-day forum on Sexual Orientation and Gender Identity Expression (SOGIE) was also conducted on March 28, 2016 at the CWC Building which was attended by CWC staff and representatives from partner agencies including the National Youth Commission (NYC), Department of Justice (DOJ) Communications Division, Kaisahang Buhay Foundation (KBF), National Nutrition Council (NNC), Juvenile Justice and Welfare Council (JJWC), and the National Center for Metal Health (NCMH). The forum was also graced by Mr. Jaime Antonio, Jr. from the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) who served as the resource person for the forum.

The SOGIE forum aims to: 1) Share basic concepts on SOGIE; 2) Discuss SOGIE in relation to particular experiences and workplace assignments; and 3) Determine ways and means to stop discrimination on the basis of SOGIE.

The CWC staff also had the chance to avail a therapeutic massage which they availed individually on spas and salon which offers such services.


Celaine Cabrera

Public Affairs Information Office

Council for the Welfare of Children

Telephone No.: 7811039 local 1005


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Wednesday, 15 October 2014 17:11


0    October 2014

Towards A Caring and Protective Society For, By and With the Children:

CWC Launches the Seal of Child-Friendly Philippines!

The Council for the Welfare of Children (CWC) with the Secretary Dinky Soliman as chairman of the CWC Board and OIC-Executive Director Patricia B. Luna led the launching of the “Child-Friendly Philippines:  A Caring and Protective Society for, by and with the Children” as over-all framework for all advocacy and programming initiatives on October 08, 2014 at the Crown Plaza Galleria Hotel in Ortigas.

CWC was joined by Secretary Enrique Ona of DOH, Secretary Armin Luistro of DepEd, Undersecretary Austere Panadero of DILG, UNICEF Philippines representative Ms. Lotta Sylwander who gave their message and express support to the project.  There were 250 participants and representatives from the National Government Agencies, Non-Government Organizations, other UN Agencies, officials of the Leagues of Provinces, Cities, Vice-Mayors League, Municipalities and National Liga ng mga Barangays, civil society groups, media partners, children and other stakeholders on children.

The CWC Seal of Child-Friendly Philippines highlighted renewed vigor and commitment of stakeholders from national government, civil society and the local government units (LGUs) in accordance to the commitment in the implementation of the United Nations Convention on the Rights of the Child (UN CRC) and the 2nd National Plan of Action for Children.  Through the mandatory audit all LGUs nationwide shall have to meet or pass the 12 indicators along health and nutrition, education, protection and child participation among others. CWC will use the audit results to confer the Seal of Child-Friendly Local Governance to qualified LGUs to be nominees for the Presidential Award for the Child-Friendly Municipalities and Cities which will be awarded in 1st quarter of 2015.

“Ang Selyo ng Child-Friendly Philippines ay makakamit kung saan tayong lahat ng mga kasama ko sa pamahalaan, mga Non-Government Organisasyon at Lokal na Pamahalaan at ang mga bata mismo ay aktibong kumikilos upang palaganapin ang proteksiyon at karapatan ng mga bata (the Seal of Child-Friendly Philippines can be achieved with all of us stakeholders on children including the Local Government Units and the children themselves actively participating in the promotion of children’s rights and protection)” Secretary Corazon “Dinky” Soliman said.

Child advocate, John Emil Palacio also said that, “Bilang isang bata, ako ay natutuwa na kami ngayon ay pinakikinggan, nakakalahok at binibigyan ng seryosong halaga (As a child, I am happy that we are now being listened to, we participate and were taken seriously)”. Palacio added that as children now participate in decision making, it made him feel more responsible, with boosted self-confidence and broadened horizons.

Sama Badjau’s Igal-igal youth performers leader, Alvin Tanjili, echoed the same response, “Nagpapasalamat po kaming mga kabataang katutubo na napapasama kami sa ganitong gawain na nagtataguyod at nagpapalaganap sa karapatang pambata, kasama na rin ang karapatan ng mga kabataang katutubo” (we are very thankful that as indigenous children and youth are included in this kind of undertaking that promote and advocate children’s rights, including the rights of every indigenous children).

The launch is part of the Presidential Proclamation 267 for the celebration of the October 2014 National Children’s Month with the theme: Bata Kasali Ka, Ikaw ay Mahalaga!.

Contact information:

Mr. Elino L. Bardillon, PAIO, CWC

Tel. no. 7811039 local 1006/2005


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Tuesday, 22 July 2014 15:53


21 July 2014

Addressing the Needs of Children in Armed Conflict through EO 138:

CWC leads Ceremonial MOA Signing


Republic Act. No. 7610, also known as the “Special Protection of Children Against Child Abuse, Exploitation and Discrimination Act” declares children as Zones of Peace, and such, they shall not be recruited to become members of the Armed Forces of the Philippines or its civilian units or other armed  groups, nor be allowed to take part in the fighting, or used as guides, couriers or spies.

For the last three years (2011-2013) a total 229 cases of children victims of armed conflict was served by the Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD). In February 2014, the Philippine Daily Inquirer and international dailies Sky News Australia and New Strait Times reported three child soldiers were among the 53 people killed in a week fighting between the Philippine Army and the Bangsamoro Islamic Freedom Fighters.

Executive Order 138 S.2013 “Amending Executive Order (EO) No. 56 (S.2001) Adopting the Comprehensive Program Framework for Children in Armed Conflict, Strengthening the Council for the Welfare of Children (CWC) and for Other Purposes” was signed and approved by Pres. Aquino last August 2, 2013.

The Comprehensive Program Framework for Children in Armed Conflict  (CIAC Program Framework) addresses the alarming involvement of children in armed conflict, either as combatants, couriers, guides, spies, medics, cooks or their recruitment for sexual purposes or in any similar, non-combatant capacity and directs national government agencies and Local Government Units (LGUs) to implement the same.

The CWC as the focal inter-agency body of the Philippine Government for children coordinates and spearhead the organization of a Monitoring, Reporting and Response System inter-agency Team (MRRS) composed of the Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP), Philippine National Police (PNP), Department of the Interior and Local Government (DILG), Department of Health (DOH), Office of the Presidential Adviser on the Peace Process (OPAPP) among others, to respond to concerns of children in situations of armed conflict specifically to the grave child rights violations such as killing and maiming, recruitment and use of children, attacks on schools and hospitals or health facilities, abduction of children, rape and other gender-based violence and denial of humanitarian access.

Relative to the Implementation of the Children Involved in Armed Conflict (CIAC) Program Framework, the functions of Office of the Presidential Adviser on the Peace Process (OPAPP) as lead agency in coordinating and monitoring the implementation of the CIAC Program Framework, as enhanced and approved by the CWC Board, are hereby transferred to the CWC.

An Inter-Agency Committee on Children in Armed Conflict (IAC-CIAC), constituted by virtue of a Memorandum of Agreement signed in April 2007 was formally established chaired by the CWC. Member agencies are the Commission on Human Rights (CHR), Department of Education (DepEd), Department of Foreign Affairs (DFA), DILG, DOH, Department of National Defense - AFP, Department of Justice (DOJ), Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD), PNP, Presidential Human Rights Committee (PHRC), Presidential Management Staff (PMS) and OPAPP. The IAC-CIAC is also known as the Monitoring, Reporting and Response Team on Grave Child Rights Violations (MRRS-GCRV Team)

A ceremonial MOA signing on Executive Order 138 led by Executive Secretary Paquito Ochoa, Secretary Corazon “Dinky” Soliman of DSWD , Secretary Leila De Lima of DOJ, Secretary Teresita Quintos-Deles, OPAPP, Undersecretary Albert Muyot of DepEd is scheduled on 25 July 2014 (Friday), 10:00 AM- 1:00PM at the Social Hall, 4/F Mabini Building, Malacanang Palace, Manila. The objective is to be able to gain support from other stakeholders to officially commit to fulfil their roles and responsibilities in the implementation of the EO 138 in order to operationalize the Monitoring, Reporting and Response System (MRRS) on Grave Child Rights Violations (GCRVs).


For further inquiries, please contact:

Mr. Elino L. Bardillon/ Ms. Aiza A. Cabrera


Telephone No.781-1039 local 1006/2005

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