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Council for the Welfare of Children

The Council for the Welfare of Children is the focal inter-agency body of the Philippine Government for children. It is mandated to coordinate the implementation and enforcement of all laws; formulate, monitor and evaluate policies, programs and measures for children. Providing dynamic leadership in ensuring a child-friendly and child-sensitive society where every child fully enjoys his/her rights.

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The Council for the Welfare of Children (CWC) under the leadership of Executive Director Patricia Luna condemns the recent reports on child pornography cases and sexual abuse on children.

CWC is the government’s inter-agency body which is mandated to formulate policies and plans for children’s well-being and monitor the implementation and enforcement of laws to protect and promote children’s rights. It has also been closely monitoring reports and persistent issues together with the Inter-Agency Council Against Child Pornography (IACACP) chaired by the DSWD and the Inter-Agency Council Against Trafficking (IACAT) chaired by the DOJ.

An incident report on the Philippine Star indicated that a 19 year-old-student from Manila was arrested for allegedly uploading a video of him raping his former girlfriend who is 14 years of age. The 14 year-old victim, who is now a third year high school student, stated that his former boyfriend even threatened her that he would upload the video and share it on social media.

The accused was charged with rape and violation in accordance with Republic Act No. 9995 otherwise known as the Anti-Photo and Video Voyeurism Act of 2009 and with reference to the Republic Act 7160 otherwise known as Special Protection of Children Against Abuse, Exploitation and Discrimination Act which penalizes child abuse.

According to the Philippine National Police Anti-Cybercrime Group (PNP ACG), a total of 1,211 cybercrime complaints were filed from 2013-2015 alone. Cybercrime complaints includes photo and video voyeurism, identity theft, online scams, and online threats, and online libels.

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