CWC Statement On Maute: Children Involved in Armed Conflict

Press release


The Council for the Welfare of Children (CWC) condemns in the strongest possible terms the recruitment and use of children as combatants of war. This action by the Maute-Isis Group is a clear grave child rights violation.

"Children are zones of peace. This is what our law states. Dapat walang batang nadadamay sa kaguluhan" says Exec. Dir. Mitch Cajayon-Uy. (Article 10 of R.A. 7610 )

The Philippines as a State Party to the UN Convention on the Rights of the Child prohibits the recruitment of children in armed conflict and calls for the adoption of feasible measures to ensure protection and care of children who are affected by armed conflict.

We call on the Maute Isis Group to adhere to the law. We demand the Maute-Isis Group to release these children and let them grow in a proper and safe environment--free from violence.


We also call on our troops to practice maximum tolerance and double its efforts to protect and rescue the children involved.


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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,

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

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03 August 2017

Mary Mitzi Cajayon-Uy named as the new CWC Executive Director


Mary Mitzi “Mitch” L. Cajayon-Uy formally assumed office as the new Executive Director V of the Council for the Welfare of Children (CWC) effective July 25, 2017.


Photo Caption: Mary Mitzi Cajayon-Uy takes her oath in Malacañan Palace as the new Executive Director V of CWC.


President Rodrigo Roa Duterte administered her oath of office last July 17, 2017.

Prior to her appointment as the new Executive Director V, she served as a member of the Caloocan City Council in her first three years in Public Service, and subsequently served as the Representative of the 2nd District of Caloocan City in the 14th and 15th Congress of the Philippines.

Her committee membership in the 14th and 15th Congress extensively includes the Special Committee on the Welfare of Children and Special Persons, Youth and Sports Development, Special Committee on Millennium Development Goals, Committee on Women and Gender Equality and Committee on Higher Education, just to name a few. Further, she also served as a Chairperson to the Special Committee on Globalization and World Trade Organization.

Some of the laws she principally authored and sponsored were R.A. 10627 (Anti-Bullying Act), R.A. 10152 (Mandatory Infant and Children Immunization Act), and R.A. 10630 (An Act Strengthening the Juvenile Justice System).


Photo caption: Formal Installation of Executive Director Mitch Cajayon-Uy (center) attended by the Department of Social Welfare and Development Secretary Judy M. Taguiwalo (right) and CWC Deputy Executive Director Atty. Marijoy D. Segui (left) on July 25, 2017.

In her speech during her formal installation, she expressed her high hopes for CWC and the continuity of her advocacy for the welfare of children.

I am hoping that my prior experience in the Legislature could greatly contribute to CWC,” said Executive Director Mitch.


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Philippines hosts the 7th Cross Regional Meeting on Violence Against Children

to Caption (Left): CWC Deputy Executive Director Marijoy D. Segui together with the children delegation and their guardians; (Right): Philippine children delegates working for their group presentation.

Last June 5-9, 2017, the 7th Cross Regional Meeting on Violence Against Children was held at the Manila Hotel as one of the commemorative activities in line with the 50th Founding Anniversary of the ASEAN for 2017.

This is an annual gathering of representatives from ASEAN sectoral bodies with relevant work on Violence Against Children (VAC), as organized by the United Nations Special Representative of the Secretary General on Violence Against Children (SRSG-VAC).

This year’s cross regional meeting highlighted ASEAN's pioneering initiatives and achievements on eliminating violence against children in the region, through the theme "Placing Children at the Heart of the Sustainable Development Agenda: Mainstreaming Children's Protection from Violence".

A Parallel Session gave the children an outlet to speak out and highlight their roles in eliminating violence against them.

A joint session between parents and children was held on the last day. Issues such as marrying below the age of 18 and corporal punishment were raised. Subsequently, children delegates responded that they should be responsible for themselves. They added that sex education should be brought back as a subject in school and that attention should be given to children with disabilities (CWDs).

Children from other ASEAN Member States were also toured in the Museo Pambata for a glimpse of the Filipino culture and arts.

The Council for the Welfare of Children is one with the ASEAN in supporting initiatives on eliminating violence against children.


Dennis Bernard Sumaylo

Executive Assistant, Office of the Executive Director’

Tel No. 7811039 loc. 1002


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