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To promote genuine child participation CWC hosts 5th PNCC Confab

Last July 12 to 15, 2018, children from all over the country gathered for the 5th Philippine National Children’s Conference (PNCC) at the AIM Conference Center, Makati City.

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Photo caption: Children participants and young facilitators pose for a photo op with CWC Executive Director Mitch Cajayon-Uy


Organized every two years by the Council for the Welfare of Children (CWC), through the National Committee on Child and Youth Participation (NCCYP), the PNCC serve as a platform for children’s participation, as they are able to identify issues affecting their rights and welfare and give recommendations on how these can be addressed by all stakeholders, especially the national government agencies.

This year, the PNCC focused on various issues such as peace (cybersecurity and delinquency), respect for all (inclusiveness of persons with disabilities, senior citizens and racial/cultural diversity), care for the environment (sea, land and air) and healthy lifestyle (physical and mental health). These issues are in-line with the theme of the 5th ASEAN Children’s Forum’s (ACF)’s “Our Children, Our Future, Our ASEAN.”

5th PNCC 2 The PNCC also serves as an in-country process in preparation to the ASEAN Children’s Forum (ACF).

   Photo caption: Children and their lead facilitators manage and handle the three-day programme






CWC Executive Director Mitch Cajayon-Uy emphasized on the four primary issues to be discussed under the PNCC theme. Apart from these, emerging concerns on children such as mental health and responsible social media use were also emphasized in her message.

“Let your creative minds explore the countless possibilities on how you will be able to contribute in strengthening our actions in achieving our goals,” Director Cajayon-Uy said.

Ms. Sarah Mae Tom, former PNCC and ACF representative, shared her experiences during her participation to both conferences, and hopes that the learnings drawn out from the PNCC will be practically applied in their respective communities.

“As children, you presume the mantle of leadership. You, the children of today, will be the hope for tomorrow,” she added.

Also present is Undersecretary Florita Villar of the Department of Social Welfare and Development for Policy and Plans Division, who discussed essential information on ASEAN and ACF.

Participants were also taught with tips and techniques on online safety by Mr. Marshall Brinas of the Department of Education- Tanauan, Batangas.

5th PNCC 3Atty. Tricia Clare Oco, Executive Director of the Juvenile Justice and Welfare Council discussed the national situation of children in conflict with the law (CICLs) and clarified some misconceptions on delinquents and criminals.


For the second day, Mr. Ralf Jumawid of the Climate Change Commission discussed the effects climate change and the approach of the national government in response to the issue. Undersecretary Benny Antiporda of the Department of Environment and Natural Resources supplemented the lecture with their strategies in protecting the environment through solid waste management



Photo Caption: A child participant exchanging ideas in
a Q&A portion.

Mr. Ranil Sorongon of the Norfil Foundation also discussed points to consider in practicing inclusivity in terms of facilitation during activities involving people with disabilities, particularly children with disabilities.

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Photo caption: Workshops engaging children participants in identifying key issues of children, and plotting recommendations for themselves, their families, schools and communities as their Call to Action. 





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 Dr. Eric Tayag, Assistant Secretary of the Department of Health (DOH), tackled on how to live and sustain a healthy lifestyle, more particularly with the rise of non-communicable diseases.


Photo Caption: Known as the “Dancing Asec,” Dr. Tayag, entertains and engage both mentors and children in an impromptu dance number.






 Adult mentors and guardians also had the chance to participate in their own simultaneous lecture series.

 5th PNCC 6Ms. Faye Balanon, a Child Advocate, discussed the Convention on the Rights of the Child while Executive Director Carmen Reyes Zubiaga of the National Council on Disability Affairs discussed the Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disability. For the second day, Mr. John Ryan Buenaventura of Save the Children discussed the RA 10821 also known as the Children’s Emergency Relief and Protection Act while Mr. Perry Bertolano of EDUCO discussed Child Participation.






Photo Caption: Mr. Buenavaentura explaining the activity for his 
lecture on R.A. 10821


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In addition, PNCC highlighted the nomination of Philippine delegates to the ACF where they to selected three (3) representatives: Fritz Maronon, Bliss Segovia, and Angelica Torres. They will be attending the 5th ACF in Brunei, Darussalam on August 6-8, 2018.








Photo Caption: (L-R) 5th ACF Representatives Fritz Maronon, 
Angelica Torres, and Bliss Segovia presenting the Children’s 
Call to Action.

On the last day, the Children’s Call to Action led by the ACF delegates were presented to the representatives of the Department of Health, Department of the Interior and Local Government, National Bureau of Investigation and Philippine National Police to exchange ideas and recommendations in their Conference output.

Ms. Dolor Cardeno, NCCYP Chairperson and Executive Director of ERDA Foundation, formally closed the conference with a message of encouragement to participants to continuously advocate for child’s right to participate.

The three-day conference wrapped-up with a closing ritual as children and mentors wrote their pledge of commitments in promoting and protecting the rights of the child.





Celaine Cabrera
Public Affairs and Information Office
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Telephone No.: 781-1039 local 1005/ 1006


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