Press Release_02_ 21st NCM Kick off PDF Print E-mail
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Friday, 11 October 2013 11:33


A Showcase  of Chidren’s Talents




To kick-off the 2013 National Children’s Month Celebration (NCM) with the theme:  “Kahirapan Wakasan, karapatan ng Bata Ipaglaban!” a children’s festival was conducted on 05 October 2013 at Don Bosco School, Sta. Mesa, Manila.

The VIDES Philippines Volunteers Foundation, Inc. led by Sr. Josefina Carrasco, FMA in partnership with the Council for the Welfare of Children (CWC) under the leadership of Executive Director Brenda S. Vigo organized the event.  Around three hundred (300) participants from government organization, non-government organization, faith-based organization, community-workers, and children participated in the event.

A Eucharistic mass officiated by Rev. Fr. Joey B. Tuazon, Parish Priest of Sacred Heart of Jesus graced the celebration.

The children had so much fun as they participated in various activities such as quiz bee, cheer dance, art contest, and essay writing contest.  Highlights of the NCM celebration were awarding of the CWC NCM On-The-Spot Art Competition among Children with Disabilities and a Song Composition contest dubbed as “Titik at Himig.”  Grand prize winners of NCM art competition were Kim Lawrenz C. Esperanza for Poster Making and Rejie Bayos for Clay Modeling Sculpture category.

For “Titik @ Himig” composition contest, the song entitled “Sigaw ng Kabataan” composed by Rosemarie Victoria of San Juan National High School received the first prize.  For the second prize, “Bata, Bata” composed by Sheridan Evangelista from North Fairview High School and “A Child’s Right, Gift from God” composed by Nhel Pauline De Castro from Makati High School for the third prize.

Children were also given the chance to vote for the Children’s Choice award among the three winning song compositions during the event.  The 2nd place song winner entitled “Bata, Bata” got the children’s choice award.

Last Updated on Wednesday, 11 December 2013 15:40
Press Release 21st NCM Theme (Sept.30,2013) PDF Print E-mail
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Monday, 30 September 2013 16:18

“Kahirapan Wakasan, Karapatan ng Bata Ipaglaban”


The Council for the Welfare of Children (CWC) Executive Director Brenda S. Vigo says that poverty has an end as long as every child’s right is assured.

The month of October of every year is the National Children’s Month (NCM) pursuant to Presidential Proclamation 267, series of 1993 to emphasize the importance of the role of the child within the Filipino family and in nation building. For this year, the 21st National Children’s Month celebration focuses on poverty. The theme highlights that poverty reduction starts with children and that education is the most promising intervention that can make a difference in the life of every child and his/her family.

Based on 2009 Official Poverty Statistics of the Philippines, Children are among the basic sectors residing in urban areas accounted for the largest number of poor population in the country at 12.4 million in 2009 from 12.3 million in 2006.  Among the regions, Caraga posted the highest poverty incidence for children at 57.3% followed by Region V at 54.7% and ARMM at 54.2% in 2009.

Hence, a call on participation and convergence of efforts at various levels is deemed necessary to address poverty.  In order to strengthen advocacy on poverty reduction, the CWC identified major activities in partnership with the NCM Steering Members namely: DSWD, DOTC; DOJ-JJWC; NNC; PIA; Philippine Children’s Ministries Network; DA; DOLE; NYC; UST-College of Fine Arts & Design; Philippine Red Cross; PNP; Girl Scouts of the Philippines; ERDA Foundation; VIDES Philippines Volunteers Foundation, Inc; Laura Vicuῆa Foundation, Inc.; League of Municipalities of the Philippines; League of the Provinces of the Philippines; DOLE-BWSC; DOH; Philinc; NCSD; ChildFund Philippines, Save the Children; MMDA; LRTA; DOJ; DILG; DepEd; NEDA;  ECOP; NCCT; KBF; Plan Philippines, Sun for All Children; St. Peter Community, Manila Times; UNTV and Veritas 846.

The National Children’s Month will be highlighted with various activities in partnership with other government and non-government organizations. Some of these are Liturgical Celebration, quiz bee on Child Rights, cheer dance, awarding of CWC On-The-Spot Poster Making and Clay Modeling Sculpture and Song Composition contests, Seminar for Parents on Child’s Protection, Forum on “Kaalaman sa Batas Para sa Bata” focus on Anti-Child Pornography Act, Medical and Dental Mission, Policy Forum on Poverty, Children’s Festival, National Children’s Congress, Flash Mob, Exhibits, etc.

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For more details, please contact –

Ms. Denia S. Gamboa/Ms. Ma. Edna R.L. Estal

CWC Public Affairs and Information Office

Telephone No. 7811039 local 1005/1006.

Last Updated on Wednesday, 11 December 2013 15:36
Titik at Himig Song writing Contest for the 2013 National Children's Month Celebration PDF Print E-mail
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Monday, 01 July 2013 14:24

The Council for the Welfare of Children-National Children's Month Song Committee announces the extension for the submission of entries on the Lyrics and Song Writing Contest until September 13, 2013. The extension was made due to inclement weather and requests from schools.

AND HERE ARE THE FINALISTS....................................


Last Updated on Wednesday, 25 September 2013 15:33
MRRS press release PDF Print E-mail
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Monday, 01 July 2013 09:12


CWC on the move to respond to Children’s Situation


The Council for the Welfare of Children (CWC) headed by Executive Director Brenda S. Vigo is intensifying its effort to ensure that children are enjoying their rights and not being used in armed conflict.

The Monitoring, Reporting and Response System (MRRS) Inter-Agency Team composed of the Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP), Philippine National Police (PNP), Department of Interior and Local Government (DILG), Department of Health (DOH) and Office of Presidential Adviser on the Peace Process (OPAPP) is doing its task to ensure that children victims of armed conflict are given immediate assistance and provided with necessary programs.

This move was supported by CWC Chairperson and DSWD Secretary Corazon Juliano- Soliman.  “We are deeply concerned with the United Nations (UN) report and we want that children are not victimized no more by adults who are behind this issue.  We must put an end to recruitment of child warriors…,” Secretary Soliman said.

As mentioned in the United Nations’ report, the Philippines is among 22 countries last year that experienced conflicts involving child warriors. Based on the report, there were 11 recorded incidents of recruitment and use of children, involving 23 boys and 3 girls, 12 to 17 years old, by the Abu Sayyaf Group (ASG), New People’s Army (NPA), Moro Islamic Liberation Front (MILF), and the Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP).


For further inquiries, please contact:


Ms. Grace Cymbeline R. T. Alejandrino/Ms. Lee Aguila

Tel. No. 740-5490; 781-1039 loc. 2004/2005

Last Updated on Monday, 01 July 2013 16:10
2012 Presidential awards PDF Print E-mail
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Thursday, 11 April 2013 18:25


Press Release

16 April 2013 (Tuesday)

2012 Presidential Award for Child Friendly Municipalities and Cities

The Child Friendly Movement is a nationwide effort to institutionalize the Convention on the Rights of the Child (CRC). Its aim to make the community and the government adopt the child sensitive and child friendly principles as a way of life.

The Council for the Welfare of Children (CWC) initiated the Presidential Award for the Child-Friendly Municipalities and Cities pursuant to Executive Order No. 184 entitled “Establishing the Presidential Award for the Child-Friendly Municipalities and Cities” issued on December 13, 1999. The Presidential Award is conferred to deserving local government units in recognition of their vital role in the sustained promotion of children’s rights to survival, development, protection and participation as well as in ensuring child-friendly governance.

In CWC’s effort to advocate and promote child-friendly governance, 38 local government units (LGUs) from 1999-2011 were awarded as outstanding municipalities and cities.

On 17 April 2013, in its 10th year of National Awarding, Presidential Awarding for Child Friendly Municipalities and Cities will be

conducted at Ang Bahay ng Alumni, Magsaysay Avenue cor. Balagtas, UP Diliman, Quezon City.

Five (5) LGUs shall be awarded and be receiving the Presidential Trophy and P300, 000.00 each. The 21 LGU finalists are headed by Hon. Generosa M. Dela Fuente (Samal, Bataan), Hon. Ronelie D. Ubando-Valtoribio (Villaverde, Nueva, Viscaya), Hon. Christine S. Garin (Guimbal, Iloilo),  Hon. Jesus A. Fernandez, Jr. (Pilar, Cebu), Hon. Gregorio T. Abalos, Jr. (La Trinidad, Benguet),  Hon. Jesse I. Concepcion (Mariveles, Bataan), Hon. Sandra Y. Eriguel (Agoo, La Union), Hon. Dindo V. Pardo (Labo, Camarines Norte), Hon. William R. Jao (Tubigon, Bohol), Hon. Abraham Tolentino (Tagaytay City), Hon. Michael  V. Farinas (Laoag City), Hon. Rey T. Uy (Tagum City), Hon.  Socrates C. Fernandez (Talisay City, Cebu), Hon. Benjamin D. Abalos, Jr. (Mandaluyong City), Hon. James Gordon, Jr. (Olongapo City), Hon. Sara Z. Duterte (Davao City), Hon. Ferdinand M.  Amante (Butuan City), Hon. Mauricio G. Domogan (Baguio City), Hon. Evelio R. Leonardia (Bacolod City), Hon. Amelia Sison Navarro (Santiago City) and Hon. Eric C. Codilla (Ormoc City).

The milestone event will be attended by DSWD Hon. Secretary Corazon Juliano-Soliman; DILG Hon. Secretary Manuel A. Roxas II (TBC); CWC Executive Director Brenda S. Vigo (CWC) with the Local Chief Executives of 21 Local Government Units who are regional winners themselves.

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For further inquiries, please contact:

Ms. Denia S. Gamboa/Ms. Ma. Edna R.L. Estal, Public Affairs and Information Office, Telephone No. 7811039 local 1005/1001.


Last Updated on Tuesday, 06 August 2013 15:48
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