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22 August 2017

CWC condemns killing of Kian Loyd Delos Santos

The Council for the Welfare of Children (CWC) strongly condemns the ruthless killing of Kian Loyd Delos Santos, a 17-year-old Grade 11 student, who was allegedly shot in Brgy. 163 Sta. Quiteria, Caloocan City, by police officers in their anti-illegal drug operations on August 16, 2017.

CWC Executive Director Mitch Cajayon-Uy reiterates Article 40 of the United Nations Convention on the Rights of the Child (UN CRC) which states that “any child below 18 years of age, alleged or accused of infringing penal law has the right to be presumed innocent until proven guilty. They should be treated in a manner consistent with the promotion of the child’s sense of dignity and worth.”

“Whatever may have been the status of a child, he or she must be given due process, and his or her rights must be upheld,” CWC Executive Director Mitch Cajayon-Uy emphasized.

Under Republic Act (R.A.) 9344 or the Juvenile Justice and Welfare Act, children in conflict with the law (CICL) also have rights and interests which should be protected. The same law sets out the appropriate treatment for CICL which is entirely different from adults who committed crimes.

“Children are being taken advantage of their age in terms of criminal liability, thus they are prone to being used as channels for crimes,” she added.

Executive Director Mitch Cajayon-Uy also pointed out that, “the fact that Kian exclaimed that he has an exam the following day, should already have given an impression to the police that he might still be a minor.”

CWC acknowledges that there may be discrete entrapment operations done by the police. However, CWC strongly urges the law enforcement, particularly the Philippine National Police, to act upon the existing Manual in Handling Cases of Children at Risk and Children in Conflict with the Law that states that the “Police officers shall take note that the physical custody of the child shall be turned over to the appropriate persons or agencies, within eight hours after initial contact.” Notably, this Manual was created to accord the protection of children from incidences of violence, abuse and exploitation.


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ASEAN 50th anniversary event for Children:


ANAK TV and Council for the Welfare of Children launch “SINEBATA 2017: On The Road to the First Southeast Asia Prix Jeunesse”



The nationwide search is on for the best video produced for and by children with the launching of SINEBATA 2017, the winners of which will represent the country in the first ever South East Asia Prix Jeunesse Children’s Video Festival in November in Manila.

The launching of “Sinebata: On The Road to the First Southeast Asia Prix Jeunesse” is set on Tuesday, August 1, 2017.

Anak TV and the Council for the Welfare of Children (CWC), as the government lead advocate and monitor of child rights in the Philippines, are the main organizers for this event -- the SEA Prix Jeunesse is set on November 27-29, 2017 at the PICC.

The team agreed to request the Department of Foreign Affairs for the SEA-Prix Jeunesse project to be included in the calendar of commemorative activities and side events for the Philippine chairmanship to the ASEAN’s 50th anniversary celebration.

With the theme, “Pride in Self, Family and Traditions, the aim of this children’s video festival is “to promote a quality and value-oriented media space for children and their families.”


The project will be the culminating activity for the nationwide observance of the Children’s Month, which is celebrated every November pursuant to Republic Act No. 10661, a statement from CWC and Anak TV.

CWC and Anak TV shares the same advocacy with CWC which is to ensure active engagement not only with government bodies but also with civil society groups and families.

During the launch of Sinebata 2017, Anak TV, President Elvira Yap Go will be signing a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) with the Council for the Welfare of Children, headed by Executive Director V, Ms. Mary Mitzi L. Cajayon-Uy and Deputy Executive Director IV, Atty. Marijoy D. Segui.

These are the 10 categories for Sinebata 2017.

For professionals, the following categories are listed for works of those affiliated with any listed terrestrial or cable stations, whose work have been aired between January 2016- June 2017:

Fiction  -   programs designed for children under 7

Fiction  -   programs designed for children 8-12 years old

Fiction -   programs designed for children 13-17 years old

Non-fiction -   programs  designed for children under 7

Non- fiction -  programs designed for children 8-12 years old

Non-fiction -   programs designed for children 13- 17 years old

The next category is for amateurs, including works which have not been aired, and who have not won any award in local or international video festivals.

The three other categories are for children, namely video that depicts “pride in self”, video that depicts “pride in family”, and video that depicts “pride in traditions”.

Entries may be sent to: This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it .  Entry forms can be downloaded from the Anak TV website, www.anaktv.com.

The deadline for submission of entries is at the close of office hours on September 15, 2017.


Also   on Tuesday, the   website   of the  Southeast Asia  Prix  Jeunesse      will be launched, together with STI which helped to create the website.


For more info visit  their website http://anaktv.com/Projects_Sinebata2016.htm

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The Council for the Welfare of Children upholds the observance of the 39th National Disability Prevention and Rehabilitation Week from 17 to 23 July 2017 with the theme “Karapatan at Pribilehiyo ng Maykapansanan: Isakatuparan at Ipaglaban”, which focuses on the realization of the fundamental freedom and rights of persons with disabilities as provided for in existing international mandates and national laws.

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Press Release

30 May 2017

Renaming of the Bata Bida Ka Facebook Page to the

Council for the Welfare of Children Facebook Page



The Council for the Welfare of Children (CWC) shall be renaming its Bata Bida Ka Facebook Page to Council for the Welfare of Children.

This change will be effective upon approval of the name change request by Facebook.

CWC aims to rebrand the image and purpose of its Facebook Page from being a Page dedicated entirely to the National Children’s Month (NCM) celebration to a Page that will now promote all of the programs, projects and activities of the organization as the lead government agency in the Philippines advancing the protection of children and the promotion of their rights.

Currently, CWC has already renamed its username from @batabidaka to @CWCgovph.

Some changes made on the page also includes the replacement of the profile picture from the NCM logo to the official logo of CWC, and the upload of its new cover photo.

For your reference, you may visit/like our Facebook Page at fb.me/CWCgovph.


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Date Release:  19 May 2017

23rd International Day of Families Observance

The 1986 Philippine Constitution recognized the family as the foundation of the nation and shall strengthen its solidarity and actively promote its total development.

The United Nations General Assembly, in its resolution 47/237 of 20 September 1993, proclaimed the 15th of May every year as the International Day of Families to emphasize the importance of international community attached to families.  It also provides an opportunity to promote awareness of issues relating to families and to increase knowledge of the social, economic and demographic processes affecting families.

The UN theme for the 2017 observance of International Day of Families is “Families, education and wellbeing, which aimed to:  1)  raise awareness of the role of families in promoting early childhood education and lifelong learning opportunities for children and youth; 2)  highlight the importance of all caregivers in families, be it parents, grandparents or siblings; 3)  emphasize the importance of parental education for the welfare of children; and, 4)  give focus on good practices for work-family balance to assist parents in their educational and care giving roles.  The good practices from the private sector in support of working parents, as well as youth and older persons in the workplace, are also highlighted.

Photo Caption: Mr. Richard David Tamayo, Life Coach & Motivational Speaker

with the participants and the CWC booth exhibit.

The Philippines is one of the 193 members states of the UN General Assembly which committed in the 2030 Sustainable Agenda to “strive to provide children and youth with a nurturing environment for the full realization of their rights and capabilities, helping our countries to reap the demographic dividend, including through safe schools and cohesive communities and families”.  This reflected that families and family-oriented policies and programmes are vital for the achievement of many goals and targets of the Sustainable Development Agenda.  In particular, families have a unique role in supporting the achievement of Sustainable Development Goal 4:  Ensure inclusive and equitable quality education and promote lifelong learning opportunities for all.

In the Philippines, the International Day of Families celebration was held last 15 May 2017 in SM Skydome, SM North EDSA led by the Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD). Mr. Ricky Rosales and Ms. Jing Castaneda, media persons of ABS-CBN DZMM Radyo Patrol stirred up the interest of participants as the masters of ceremonies.


Gracing the event were Executive Director Marilyn F. Manuel of Kaisahang Buhay Foundation, Inc. (KBF) and Chairperson of the National Committee on the Filipino Family (NCFF) Sub-Committee on Events, Advocacy and Mobilization, DSWD-Social Technology Bureau Director Thelsa P. Biolena, Dr. Angelica R. Abella, Program Director of Alliance of Filipino Families for Mental health, Inc. and Chairperson of NCFF Sub-Committee on Legislation, Policy.  Important guests are DSWD Undersecretary Hope Hervilla, Mr. Francis Calubaquib, Mall Manager of SM North Edsa, and Research, and Dr. Cindy Dollente Ang of Community Chest Foundation Inc. (CCFI).  The Zumba Kids, Senior Citizen’s Group, Beluso Brothers, and YFL Band provided exciting performances that perk up the attention of the audience.

One of the main highlights of the event was the attention-grabbing and superb discussion of Mr. Richard David Tamayo, Life Coach and Motivational Speaker about Family, Education, and Well-being.  Another highlight is the DSWD AVP presentation on current initiatives entitled Enhance National Family and Domestic Violence Prevention Program (NFVPP) and Strengthening and Empowerment of OFW Families towards Family Preservation Project.

The audience manifested enthusiasm on the statement of Mr. Tamayo, Life Coach and Motivational Speaker Resource Person that “Cohesive, stable, supportive and well-functioning families are primary educators for young children and are truly indispensable to their emotional well-being impacting their educational achievement.” – DPI/NGO Briefing in PARTNERSHIP with United Nations DESA.

Special features of the event were the booth exhibits of the Council for the Welfare of Children, DSWD-Social Marketing Services, and DSWD-Sustainable Livelihood Program.



Written by:  Ma. Edna L. Estal

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Telephone No.: 7811039 loc. 1005

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