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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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ABOUT CWC

The Council for the Welfare of Children (CWC) was created through Presidential Decree 603, otherwise known as the Child and Youth Welfare Code in 1974. It is mandated to coordinate the implementation and enforcement of all laws, formulate, monitor and evaluate policies, programs and measures for children.

Executive Order No. 806 signed in 2009, amended EO No. 778 and affirmed that CWC shall continue to function and exercise the same powers pursuant to the provisions of PD 603 and Executive Order 233 and attached to DSWD.

 

 

CWC EVOLUTION

  • Presidential Decree 603 (Child and Youth Welfare of Code) of 1974 signed into Law by President Ferdinand E. Marcos created the Council for the Welfare of Children under the Office of the President;
  • Executive Order 708 of 1981, reorganized where CWC became an attached agency of the Ministry of the Social Services and Development (MSSD);
  • Executive Order 233 of 1987 (Reorganization Act of CWC) signed by President Corazon C. Aquino, redefined the role and organizational structure and enlarging the membership of CWC and continue to be attached under the Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD);
  • Republic Act 8980 or the Early Childhood Care Development Law of 2000 signed by President Joseph Ejercito Estrada mandated CWC to serve as the National Early Childhood Care and Development Coordinating Council (NECCDCC) under the Office of the President;
  • Executive Order 779 of 2009 signed by President Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo, transforming the CWC into the Early Childhood Care and Development Council; and
  • Executive Order 806 of 2009, amended EO 778 and affirmed that CWC shall continue to function and exercise the same powers pursuant to the provisions of PD 603 and Executive Order 233 and attached to DSWD.

 

CWC LOGO

The Council for the Welfare of Children logo carries three important icons- a boy and a girl-child representing Filipino children, a dove representing the CWC's vision for peace and harmony, and a twig of laurel leaves representing the opportunities and rights of children. A royal blue color is used as background to depict a peaceful and enabling environment for children. The children are depicted in action, which translates to healthy, active, alert well-nourished children protected from abuse and exploitation. The logo integrates gender equality.

 

Vision, Mission, Mandate & Legal Bases

The Council for the Welfare of Children is the Philippine Government‘s focal inter-agency body for children. It is mandated to coordinate the implementation and enforcement of all laws and to formulate, monitor and evaluate policies, programs and measures for children.

 

Vision

The focal government inter-agency body providing dynamic leadership in ensuring a child-friendly and child-sensitive society where every child fully enjoys his/her rights.

 

Misson

CWC shall undertake its coordinative role for children through:

  • Formulation and advocacy for the implementation of policies, programs and measures
  • Monitoring and evaluation of policies, programs and measures
  • Advocacy for child rights and mobilization of resources
  • Building strong networks, partnerships and coordination mechanisms
  • Institution building of partners and stakeholders

 

Mandate

 

  • Initiate, promote and advocate adoption of policies and measures to protect child rights
  • Build strong networks, partnerships and coordination mechanisms to ensure concerted efforts in the implementation of Child 21 and CRC
  • Create an environment that enables children to develop their full potentials
  • Facilitate institution-building of partners and other stakeholders
  • Monitor and evaluate the implementation of policies and programs
  • Undertake research and development activities

 

Legal Bases

Presidential Decree No. 603 a.k.a “The Child and Youth Welfare Code” (Dec. 10, 1974) created the Council for the Welfare of Children under the Office of the President

Executive Order No. 708 (July 27, 1981) reorganized the Office of the President and placed the Council for the Welfare of Children under the Department of Social Welfare and Development

Executive Order No. 233 (July 22, 198) redefined the role and organizational structure of the Council for the Welfare of Children, enlarged its membership to include a youth representative to the CWC Council Board

Republic Act No. 8980 a.k.a “The Early Childhood Care and Development Act (December 5, 2000) designated the Council for the Welfare of Children also as the National ECCD Coordinating Council and as an attached agency to the Office of the President

Executive Order Act No. 349 (August 17, 2004) established clear lines of authority over the CWC/ NECCDCC Secretariat. DepEd Secretary to exercise primary oversight functions over the DED for NECCDC. DSWD Secretary to exercise primary oversight functions over DED for CWC

Executive Order No. 630 (June 28, 2007) transferred back the Council for the Welfare of Children from the Office of the President to the Department of Social Welfare and Development

Executive Order No. 760 (October 23, 2008) transferred the CWC/NECCDCC from Department of Social Welfare and Development to the Office of the President with a Chairperson to be appointed by the President

Executive Order No. 778 (January 13, 2009) transformed the CWC into the ECCD Council, attached to the Office of the President. The functions and staff of CWC which are not part of ECCD are transferred to DSWD

Executive Order No. 806 (June 9, 2009) affirmed that CWC shall continue to function and exercise the same powers pursuant to the provisions of PD 603 and EO 233 and attached to DSWD