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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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A major crackdown on cybersex den in Mabalacat, Pampanga reveals rising abuse of children in the Philippines.



Photo Caption: FBI agent skimming through his computer on his arrest

Photo Courtesy of Aaron Favila / AP


53-year-old American expat David Timothy Deakin was snared by the National Bureau of Investigation (NBI) agents on April 20, 2017 in his two-storey apartment converted into a cybersex den in Pampanga.

On his arrest, the apartment was seen to have clutters of children’s underwear, toddler shoes, cameras, bondage cuffs, meth pipes and stacks of hard drives. Videos and photos of girls and boys engaged in sexual acts were retrieved from his computer.

This arrest is said to show the darkest corners of the internet where pedophiles in various parts of the world pay facilitators such as Deakin to sexually abuse children and upload exploitative images through online livestreaming services.

Apart from Deakin’s arrest in his cybersex den, there have been several bust operations in the Philippines in an attempt to arrest pedophiles and online sexual facilitators. Most of the victims are children below 12 years old and the youngest victim ever rescued was a 2-month old infant.

Deakin is now charged with child pornography, child abuse, cybercrime and child trafficking and could face life in jail if convicted.

The Council for the Welfare of Children (CWC) condemns the coercion and exploitation of children to perform sexual acts by any means.  CWC continuously monitors issues on children along with the cases of sexual abuse and pornography among children in cyberspace. Through the Inter-Agency Council Against Child Pornography (IACACP) chaired by the Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD), CWC coordinates with various agencies to protect the children from any form of sexual abuse and harassment.


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23 May 2017

Positive Discipline to Children, Deeply Heeded by CWC

Photo Caption: Screenshot of the video recorded by Em Yttrep on Facebook

A viral video uploaded on Facebook last May 18, 2017 caught a mother hitting and kicking her daughter a number of times in Balsahan-Bisita District of Kawit, Cavite.

Municipal Social Welfare Development (MSWD) in Kawit investigated the incident and talked to the victim, mother and barangay captain.  According to the mother, she was caught by emotions after her daughter disobeyed her for leaving their house.

The daughter in the video was only 12 years old and her mother is a single parent raising three (3) more kids by selling sampaguita.

It was decided that charges will not be filed against the mother as it will not be beneficial for the family. Instead, the MSWD and the Local Government of Cavite noted that it will closely monitor the family and help the girl go back to school.

The Council for the Welfare of Children (CWC) condemns incidents any forms of violence among children.

The National Baseline Study on Violence Against Children (NBS-VAC) conducted in the Philippines reveals that 80% of children have experienced violence in their lifetime; and violence, whether physical, psychological or sexual, is highly prevalent in the country. It can be seen that the girl in the video was subjected to physical assault in public by her mother, causing embarrassment on the part of the child. CWC strongly encourages the practice of positive discipline to children as it promotes protection of every child in the home and in the community.


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18 May 2017

Children’s Safety on Motorcycles Act to take effect on May 19


Photo taken by Chat Naval-Grafilo, retrieved from Top Gear Philippines.

Children are now banned to board motorcycles starting this Friday, May 19, 2017 in accordance with the Children’s Safety on Motorcycles Act of 2015 or Republic Act (RA) 10666 signed into law on July 21, 2015 by former President Benigno Aquino III.

As stipulated in the Act’s Implementing Rules and Regulations (IRR), the law covers all public and major roads, particularly where there is a high-density of fast moving vehicles or where there is a speed limit of not lower than 60 kilometers per hour.

The Land Transportation Office (LTO) as the lead implementing agency of the Act, clarified in an earlier report that children are still allowed to ride motorcycles given that they are abiding to the Act’s IRR.

Only children who can reach the foot peg of the motorcycle, can wrap their arms around the driver’s waist and is wearing a standard protective helmet or gear will be allowed to ride in a motorcycle with an adult.

It also specified that children sitting in front or between the riders of the motorcycle will not be allowed.

Exemptions of the law will only apply to cases where a child needs immediate medical attention.

On the first offense, violators will be fined P3,000; second offense will be fined P5,000; and third offense will be fined P10,000 and a one-month suspension of the driver’s license. Those who will be caught beyond third offense will have their licenses revoked by LTO.

The Council for the Welfare of Children strongly supports the enactment of Children’s Safety on Motorcycles Act of 2015 to ensure the safety of every child on the road.


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