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March 17, 2017

13th Women with Disabilities Day Celebration

Babaeng Maykapansanan, Manguna at Manindigan Tungo sa Pagbabago,” serves as the theme for the 13th Women with Disabilities Day which will be celebrated on March 28, 2017 at the Philippine Arena, Ciudad de Victoria, Bocaue, Bulacan.


This year’s theme promotes the capacity of women with disabilities to lead and urge for societal reforms to advance their full participation in the country.


Proclamation No. 744 issued on December 06, 2004 declares the last Monday of March every year as Women with Disabilities Day which is led by the National Council on Disability Affairs (NCDA). This year, NCDA and the Department of Justice (DOJ) as the Chair of the National Working Committee for the Women with Disabilities Day is spearheading the celebration.


The highlight activities for the event are as follows:


1.1. Booths on information, services and trainings offered by national government agencies and non-government organizations such as Legal Counselling by DOJ, Business Registration Orientation by the Department of Trade and Industry and Blind Masseurs from the National Vocational and Rehabilitation Center among others;

2.2. Trade Fairs and Bazaars showcasing products made by PWDs particularly, women with disabilities;

3.3.  Cultural presentations from PWDs (e.g. The Singing Divas, Philippine School for the Deaf Dancerama Troupe- The New Generation, Mabalacat, Mariveles PWD Movers); and

4.4. Testimonies from exceptional women with disabilities.


Among the invited government officials as Guests of Honor are President Rodrigo Duterte, DOJ Secretary Vitaliano Aguirre II and Department of Social Welfare and Development Secretary Judy M. Taguiwalo.


Moreover, Ms. Marian Rivera Dantes as the Ambassadress for Women and Children with Disabilities is expected to deliver an inspirational message for the grand event.


Persons with disabilities (PWDs), particularly women with disabilities and advocates alike are invited to attend and support the celebration.

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Date Release:  9 February 2017


CWC supports Adoption Consciousness 2017:

#AdoptionisLove



Out of 5,695 children declared as legally available for adoption (CY 2009-as of January 17, 2017), only 1,409 children were placed-out for domestic adoption (Source:  DSWD-Protective Services Bureau).   The data reveals that there is a high number of neglected/abandoned children in centers/institutions waiting to be adopted.  Other than this growing data, issues such as public’s perception on adoption, lack of interest of families to adopt and the discrimination experienced by adopted children should likewise be addressed (Source:  DSWD).


One of the key strategies in addressing the issues is to have a massive advocacy campaign supported by the different institutions in the government, private/non-government organizations and international organizations on the observance of Adoption Consciousness Day.


Presidential Proclamation No. 72 signed on February 3, 1999 by the former Hon. President Ejercito Estrada stipulated the observance of Adoption Consciousness Day to call for public attention and ensure nationwide awareness on legal adoption of surrendered, orphaned, abandoned, and neglected Filipino children in need of permanent home.

 


For this year, the annual celebration will be held from February 11-19, 2017 with the theme:Pagmamahal Palaganapin, Legal na Pag-aampon Ating Gawin! (Spread Unconditional Love Through Legal Adoption). The theme promoted the legal adoption as an expression of unconditional love and support to abandoned, neglected and surrendered children. It also calls for actions to the public to do the legal adoption process and encourages the families with children directly entrusted to them to legalize the adoption of the said child.


Primary objectives are:  1)  to disseminate basic information about legal adoption including the adoption process, documentary requirements, procedures and the benefits and effects of adoption to the public; 2)  to educate the public on the legal process of adoption that may lead to applicants for domestic adoptions or inquiries on adoption and other forms of alternative family care; 3)  to respond to inquiries of the public on adoption and other forms of alternative family care thru Adoption Help Desks; 4)  to provide program orientation on adoption and foster care laws and guidelines to the officials and staff of DILG; and, 4)  to gather the adoptive families of Kaisahang Buhay Foundation (KBF), NORFIL Foundation, Inc. and Field Office NCR, IV-CALABARZON and IV-MIMAROPA and initiate organizing an interregional support group and network of adoptive families.


The following activities for the celebration are:  1)  Kick-off:  A Walk for Legal Adoption along Quezon City Circle, followed by a programme featuring the talents of adopted children Walk for Legal Adoption and Press Conference on February 11, 2017 at Quezon City Memorial Circle, Quezon City.  The Programme will be followed with a Press Conference with DSWD Secretary Judy M. Taguiwalo and an adoptive family as panelists; 2)  Setting up of Adoption Help Desks in DSWD Central Office and other partner government agencies such as Department of the Interior and Local Governance, Department of Health and Department of Education; 3)  Setting up of Adoption Help Desks with partner malls such as Ayala Malls, Festival Mall and selected SM Malls nationwide on February 18-19, 2017; and 4)  Conduct of Adoption Forum in DILG Main Office on February 17, 2017 at DILG Training Room, Napolcom Center, Quezon City.



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Written by:  Ma. Edna L. Estal

Public Affairs and Information Office

Telephone No.: 7811039 loc. 1005

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Date Release:  9 February 2017

2017 Angels Walk for Persons with ASD

About 24,000 people participated in the 2017 Angels Walk in observance of the 21st National Autism Consciousness Week (NACW) conducted on 5 February 2017 at SM Mall of Asia Arena, Pasay City.  The theme for this year is “Onwards to An Autism-Ok ASEAN”.

The Council for the Welfare of Children (CWC) supports the campaign believing

that a disabled child has the right to special care, education and training to help

him or her enjoy a full and decent life in dignity and achieve   the greatest

degree of self-reliance and social integration possible (source:  CRC).

Photo Caption  :from the right, DSWD                                             Photo Caption:  ASD performers                                Photo Caption:  CWC Personnel

Usec Ma. LourdesTuralde-Jarabe,

NCDA Acting Dir. Carmen Zubiaga with

the new national Trustees of the ASP

The event aimed for greater attention and assistance to the condition of Persons with Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) globally which led to the participation of the ASEAN Heads of delegation namely HE DR. AKP Mochtan, Dep Sec. Gen. ASEAN; Mr. Akiie Ninomiya, Executive Director of APCD; Mr. Rizaany Irwan Muhammad Mazlan, Counsellor, Embassy of Malaysia; and, Ms. Feilina Feisol, Chairperson, National Autism Society of Malaysia.


Globally, autism is estimated to affect 21.7 million people as of 2013. As of 2010, the number of people affected is estimated at about 1–2 per 1,000 worldwide. It occurs four to five times more often in boys than girls. About 1.5% of children in the United States (one in 68) are diagnosed with Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) as of 2014, a 30% increase from one in 88 in 2012. The rate of autism among adults aged 18 years and over in the United Kingdom is 1.1%. The number of people diagnosed has been increasing dramatically since the 1980s, partly due to changes in diagnostic practice and government-subsidized financial incentives for named diagnoses (source:  Wikipedia).


In the Philippines, estimated cases of autism rose from 500,000 in 2008 to one million people at present, the number could be much higher since there are still a lot of areas in the Philippines not covered.  Health experts have attributed the increase to better detection methods, but genetics and environmental factors could also be among the causes (Source:  Philippine Star).


The above data revealed that the number of people with autism spectrum disorder (ASD) in the Philippines and other countries worldwide has almost doubled in the past six years and the number is still rising.


The event was attended by the Philippine delegations namely Cong. Yeddah Marie Romualdez, Legislator, Tacloban House of Rep.; Mr. Martin Romualdez among the Legislative Sponsors of R.A. 10754; Cong Emi Calixto-Rubiano, Legislator, Pasay House of Rep.; Ms. Carmen Zubiaga, Acting Exec. Dir. of NCDA; Ms. Hellen De La Vega, Asst. Sec., Office of ASEAN Affairs, DFA; DSWD Usec Ma. Lourdes Turalde-Jarabe, Office of the Undersecretary for Operations and Programs (promotive); Mr. Hans T. Sy Chairman of the Exec. Com. SM Prime Holdings, Inc.; Mr. Jeffrey C, Lim, President of SM Prime Holdings, Inc.; and Ms. Anna Maria S. Garcia, President of SM Supermalls.


Activities highlighted were the singing of the Philippine National Anthem inspired by ASP’s call for an Autism-OK Philippines, Praise Song led by Nica Escasinas, AOK-Talent Showcase, ASP Autism Angel Achievement Awards to Ms. Vell Baria, Induction of New National Trustees of the ASP, Mixed Fit Warm-UP led by Ms. Dona Lima, Opening Salvo rendered by NU Pep Squad, 4-time UAAP Cheerdance Champions, Welcome Message of Ms. Dang Koe, Chair, ASEAN Autism Network and the Autism Society Philippines and Engr. Bien Mateo, Director for the SM Cares PWD Program, Ms. Mona Magno-Veluz, National President, ASP, Angel Diva (a special performance from Ms. Regine Velasquez), and Angelic Messages from the International and Diplomatic Community, government agencies, and private sector leadership and the finale, which is the Parade Walk from the Mall of Asia Arena to the Music Hall.

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Written by:  Ma. Edna L. Estal, Psy M, LP

Public Affairs and Information Office

Telephone No.: 7811039 loc. 1006

 

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23 November 2016

2016 National Children’s Month and

World Day Against Child Labor Celebration:

Hats off to the One Million Batang Malaya launching!

 


Around 700 people composed of children, national government agencies, academe, non-government organizations participated on November 8, 2016 at St. Scholastica College (SSC), Leon Guinto Street, Malate, Manila in observance of the 24th National Children’s Month (NCM) and the World Day Against Child Labor (WDACL) sa Pilipinas 2016.

The event was organized by the Department of Labor and Employment-Bureau of Workers with Special Concerns (DOLE-BWSC) in partnership with the Chairperson of NCLC Sub-Committee on Knowledge Management Mr. Julius Cainglet from Federation of Free Workers (FFW), St. Scholastica College (SSC) Manila, Council for the Welfare of Children (CWC), National Youth Commission (NYC), ERDA, and National Council on Children’s Television (NCCT).

Principal guests were DOLE Secretary Silvestre H. Bello III, Dean Ma. Asuncion Azcuna of Arts and Sciences of St. Scholastica College, and Mr. Giovanni Soledad of International Labour Organization (ILO).  Of equal importance are the video messages from Atty. Sonny Matula of FFW and Ambassador Donald Dee of ECOP.

For 2016, the focus for World Day Against Child Labour – marked on 12 June - is on child labour and supply chains.  The International Labour Organization (ILO), the United Nations body launched the World Day Against Child Labour in 2002 in order to bring attention and join efforts to fight against child labour and the Philippines joined the international observance of World Day Against Child Labor to raise awareness on the plight of child labourers and to demonstrate the country’s solidarity in the worldwide campaign against child labor.

For this year, the global theme is “End child labour in supply chains – It’s everyone’s business” with the local theme “Walang Batang Naabuso sa Paggawa ng Produkto!” to solicit commitment of governments, workers’ group and employers’ organization and enterprises in eliminating child labor in supply chains. However, for this year, the observance was conducted in November to support the 24th National Children’s Month Celebration with the theme “Isulong:  Kalidad na Edukasyon Para sa Lahat ng Bata”. The annual celebration of National Children’s Month is every November as stipulated in R.A. 10661, s. 2015 with CWC, DSWD, and NYC as the lead agencies.

Secretary Bello emphasized the importance of completing the education towards a good life.  He said that “dapat walang Bata sa paggawa ng produkto para masiguro na walang mga batang maabuso”.


The highlights of the event were Focus Group Discussion participated in by the children wherein group output was acted out and the printed statements with their photos were posted in the 1 Milyong Batang Malaya Tarpaulin as the peak of 1 M Batang Malaya launching; the Batang Malaya Quiz Bee and “Sabayang Pagbigkas Para sa Batang Malaya” contests; “Linangang Pambata” Skills Workshop at Barrion Hall wherein one of the workshops (painting) conducted was facilitated and sponsored by the CWC; and, the awarding ceremony of winners on Batang Malaya sa Lente ng Kabataan and Pelikulaya Para sa Batang Malaya; Batang Malaya Quiz Bee; and, Sabayang Pagbigkas Para sa Batang Malaya.

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Written by:  Ma. Edna L. Estal, Psy M, LP

Information Officer III, Public Affairs and Information Office

Council for the Welfare of Children

Telephone No. 7811039 local 1005/1006

 

 
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