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CWC URGES TO REPORT CASES OF SUSPECTED CHILD SEXUAL OFFENDERS


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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March 17, 2017

13th Women with Disabilities Day Celebration

Babaeng Maykapansanan, Manguna at Manindigan Tungo sa Pagbabago,” serves as the theme for the 13th Women with Disabilities Day which will be celebrated on March 28, 2017 at the Philippine Arena, Ciudad de Victoria, Bocaue, Bulacan.


This year’s theme promotes the capacity of women with disabilities to lead and urge for societal reforms to advance their full participation in the country.


Proclamation No. 744 issued on December 06, 2004 declares the last Monday of March every year as Women with Disabilities Day which is led by the National Council on Disability Affairs (NCDA). This year, NCDA and the Department of Justice (DOJ) as the Chair of the National Working Committee for the Women with Disabilities Day is spearheading the celebration.


The highlight activities for the event are as follows:


1.1. Booths on information, services and trainings offered by national government agencies and non-government organizations such as Legal Counselling by DOJ, Business Registration Orientation by the Department of Trade and Industry and Blind Masseurs from the National Vocational and Rehabilitation Center among others;

2.2. Trade Fairs and Bazaars showcasing products made by PWDs particularly, women with disabilities;

3.3.  Cultural presentations from PWDs (e.g. The Singing Divas, Philippine School for the Deaf Dancerama Troupe- The New Generation, Mabalacat, Mariveles PWD Movers); and

4.4. Testimonies from exceptional women with disabilities.


Among the invited government officials as Guests of Honor are President Rodrigo Duterte, DOJ Secretary Vitaliano Aguirre II and Department of Social Welfare and Development Secretary Judy M. Taguiwalo.


Moreover, Ms. Marian Rivera Dantes as the Ambassadress for Women and Children with Disabilities is expected to deliver an inspirational message for the grand event.


Persons with disabilities (PWDs), particularly women with disabilities and advocates alike are invited to attend and support the celebration.

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Date Release:  9 February 2017


CWC supports Adoption Consciousness 2017:

#AdoptionisLove



Out of 5,695 children declared as legally available for adoption (CY 2009-as of January 17, 2017), only 1,409 children were placed-out for domestic adoption (Source:  DSWD-Protective Services Bureau).   The data reveals that there is a high number of neglected/abandoned children in centers/institutions waiting to be adopted.  Other than this growing data, issues such as public’s perception on adoption, lack of interest of families to adopt and the discrimination experienced by adopted children should likewise be addressed (Source:  DSWD).


One of the key strategies in addressing the issues is to have a massive advocacy campaign supported by the different institutions in the government, private/non-government organizations and international organizations on the observance of Adoption Consciousness Day.


Presidential Proclamation No. 72 signed on February 3, 1999 by the former Hon. President Ejercito Estrada stipulated the observance of Adoption Consciousness Day to call for public attention and ensure nationwide awareness on legal adoption of surrendered, orphaned, abandoned, and neglected Filipino children in need of permanent home.

 


For this year, the annual celebration will be held from February 11-19, 2017 with the theme:Pagmamahal Palaganapin, Legal na Pag-aampon Ating Gawin! (Spread Unconditional Love Through Legal Adoption). The theme promoted the legal adoption as an expression of unconditional love and support to abandoned, neglected and surrendered children. It also calls for actions to the public to do the legal adoption process and encourages the families with children directly entrusted to them to legalize the adoption of the said child.


Primary objectives are:  1)  to disseminate basic information about legal adoption including the adoption process, documentary requirements, procedures and the benefits and effects of adoption to the public; 2)  to educate the public on the legal process of adoption that may lead to applicants for domestic adoptions or inquiries on adoption and other forms of alternative family care; 3)  to respond to inquiries of the public on adoption and other forms of alternative family care thru Adoption Help Desks; 4)  to provide program orientation on adoption and foster care laws and guidelines to the officials and staff of DILG; and, 4)  to gather the adoptive families of Kaisahang Buhay Foundation (KBF), NORFIL Foundation, Inc. and Field Office NCR, IV-CALABARZON and IV-MIMAROPA and initiate organizing an interregional support group and network of adoptive families.


The following activities for the celebration are:  1)  Kick-off:  A Walk for Legal Adoption along Quezon City Circle, followed by a programme featuring the talents of adopted children Walk for Legal Adoption and Press Conference on February 11, 2017 at Quezon City Memorial Circle, Quezon City.  The Programme will be followed with a Press Conference with DSWD Secretary Judy M. Taguiwalo and an adoptive family as panelists; 2)  Setting up of Adoption Help Desks in DSWD Central Office and other partner government agencies such as Department of the Interior and Local Governance, Department of Health and Department of Education; 3)  Setting up of Adoption Help Desks with partner malls such as Ayala Malls, Festival Mall and selected SM Malls nationwide on February 18-19, 2017; and 4)  Conduct of Adoption Forum in DILG Main Office on February 17, 2017 at DILG Training Room, Napolcom Center, Quezon City.



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Written by:  Ma. Edna L. Estal

Public Affairs and Information Office

Telephone No.: 7811039 loc. 1005

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