NO TO CHILD ABUSE AND PORNOGRAPHY: A Call from CWC PDF Print E-mail
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Wednesday, 05 February 2014 15:14

PRESS RELEASE

05 February 2014


NO TO CHILD ABUSE AND PORNOGRAPHY: A Call from CWC


The Council for the Welfare of Children (CWC) under the leadership of Executive Director Brenda S. Vigo, together with other stakeholders on children condemn the recent reports on child sexual abuse and child pornography cases.


CWC is the government’s inter-agency body which is mandated to formulate policies and plans for children’s well-being and monitor the implementation and enforcement of laws to protect and promote children’s rights. CWC is closely monitoring the persistent issues on violation of children’s rights including the child sexual abuse and pornography in cyberspace. CWC monitors these issues in coordination with the Inter-Agency Council Against Child Pornography (IACACP) chaired by the DSWD and the Inter-Agency Council Against Trafficking (IACAT) chaired by the DOJ. Efforts already undertaken by law enforcers included the conduct of raid operations in Cordova, Cebu on child pornography cases


Child Pornography is a new form of child sexual exploitation fuelled by rapid technological advances, increasing global connectivity, persisting poverty rates, and growing disparity in the global distribution of resources.


DSWD data showed 46 cases of child pornography and cyber pornography served from 2010 to 2013 while PNP Angelnet reported 12 cases of child pornography, 2 cases of on-line child abuse and 2 cases of cyber-bullying from March to November 2013. On the other hand, the Terre des Hommes Netherlands exploratory study on the background and psychosocial consequences of web cam tourism in the Philippines (conducted in the 44 cases of victims of webcam child sex tourism in Angeles City and Taguig City, Cebu City and municipalities of Cordova and Dalaguete in Cebu Province) reveals that the country’s web cam child sex tourism is proliferating and spreading quickly through the use of internet. This phenomenon, according to the study remained undiscovered until 2011 when the country successfully prosecuted its first case against two Swedish nationals and three Filipinos. Children involved in webcam child sex tourism generally perform webcam sex shows from their home computers, from Internet cafes, or from what are known as “cybersex dens”. Webcam sex operations have become widespread and family members are aware that a lot of money is earned from it.


A Policy forum on Protecting Children in the Cyberage co-organized by CWC, IACACP, IACAT and DOJ was conducted in December 2013. The concerned agencies, service providers, faith-based groups and children were gathered to discuss emerging concerns on child pornography and committed action points to address the issue.


As part of CWCs advocacy initiatives, a week-long campaign on the 18th National Awareness Week Prevention of Child Sexual Abuse and Exploitation from February 8-15, 2014 with the theme: "Proteksyon ng Bata...Tungkulin ng Bawat Isa". Activities to be undertaken are: Fun and Learning Day with Children organized by ECPAT Philippines and Ateneo-TUGON, Policy Forum on Child Sexual Abuse and Exploitation in the Cyberspace and Sunset Walk for the Prevention of Child Sexual Abuse and Exploitation.


For more details, please contact –

Mr. Elino L Bardillon/Ms. Laureen C. Musa

Telephone No. 7811039 local 1005/2003

Last Updated on Wednesday, 05 February 2014 15:19
 
CWC 38th Anniversary PDF Print E-mail
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Monday, 09 December 2013 16:54

 

 

38th year Anniversary of the

Council for the Welfare of Children

Congratulations! to the Council for the Welfare of Children (CWC) in celebrating its thirty eight foundation on December 10, 2013. Presidential Decree 603, otherwise known as the Child and Youth Welfare Code created the CWC in 1975 as 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.


Led by CWC Executive Director Brenda S. Vigo, the anniversary event will be observed with the celebration of a Mass from the Officiating Priest of Sta. Teresita Parish Church, Quezon City and to be followed by a simple program, and awarding of loyalty service to employees.


For almost four decades upon reaching year 2015, the CWC has been conscientiously advocating for the rights and welfare of children.  Significant milestones that the CWC has been doing are a) Legislative Agenda on Children for the 16th Congress such as Prohibition of Corporal Punishment, Amending the Law on Statutory Rape, Protecting Children Affected by Armed Conflict, and Amending the Local Government Code to ensure adequate funds on programs for children; b)  Strengthening Local Council for the Protection of Children and Barangay Councils for the Protection of Children (in 1974, the organization of BCPC is encouraged as indicated in Article 87 of Presidential Decree 603); c)  the CHILD 21/National Plan of Action for Children; d)  Presidential Award for Child Friendly Municipalities and Cities; e)  Macro Subaybay Bata Monitoring System (SBMS) as an instrument that monitors compliance to the United Nations Convention on the Rights of the Child (CRC); and, fNationwide celebration of National Children’s Month (month of October) by virtue of Presidential Proclamation 267.


The above highlighted efforts aimed to achieve Child-Friendly Philippines:  A Caring and Protective Society for, by and with Children.

 

For more details, please contact Ms. Denia S. Gamboa/Ms. Ma. Edna R.L. Estal, CWC Public Affairs and Information Office, Telephone No. 7811039 local 1005/1006.

Last Updated on Monday, 09 December 2013 17:57
 
Press Release_02_ 21st NCM Kick off PDF Print E-mail
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Friday, 11 October 2013 11:33

 

A Showcase  of Chidren’s Talents

 

21st NATIONAL CHILDREN’S MONTH KICK-OFF CELEBRATION

 


To kick-off the 2013 National Children’s Month Celebration (NCM) with the theme:  “Kahirapan Wakasan, karapatan ng Bata Ipaglaban!” a children’s festival was conducted on 05 October 2013 at Don Bosco School, Sta. Mesa, Manila.

The VIDES Philippines Volunteers Foundation, Inc. led by Sr. Josefina Carrasco, FMA in partnership with the Council for the Welfare of Children (CWC) under the leadership of Executive Director Brenda S. Vigo organized the event.  Around three hundred (300) participants from government organization, non-government organization, faith-based organization, community-workers, and children participated in the event.

A Eucharistic mass officiated by Rev. Fr. Joey B. Tuazon, Parish Priest of Sacred Heart of Jesus graced the celebration.

The children had so much fun as they participated in various activities such as quiz bee, cheer dance, art contest, and essay writing contest.  Highlights of the NCM celebration were awarding of the CWC NCM On-The-Spot Art Competition among Children with Disabilities and a Song Composition contest dubbed as “Titik at Himig.”  Grand prize winners of NCM art competition were Kim Lawrenz C. Esperanza for Poster Making and Rejie Bayos for Clay Modeling Sculpture category.

For “Titik @ Himig” composition contest, the song entitled “Sigaw ng Kabataan” composed by Rosemarie Victoria of San Juan National High School received the first prize.  For the second prize, “Bata, Bata” composed by Sheridan Evangelista from North Fairview High School and “A Child’s Right, Gift from God” composed by Nhel Pauline De Castro from Makati High School for the third prize.

Children were also given the chance to vote for the Children’s Choice award among the three winning song compositions during the event.  The 2nd place song winner entitled “Bata, Bata” got the children’s choice award.

Last Updated on Wednesday, 11 December 2013 15:40
 
Press Release 21st NCM Theme (Sept.30,2013) PDF Print E-mail
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Monday, 30 September 2013 16:18

“Kahirapan Wakasan, Karapatan ng Bata Ipaglaban”

A CALL FROM CWC!


The Council for the Welfare of Children (CWC) Executive Director Brenda S. Vigo says that poverty has an end as long as every child’s right is assured.


The month of October of every year is the National Children’s Month (NCM) pursuant to Presidential Proclamation 267, series of 1993 to emphasize the importance of the role of the child within the Filipino family and in nation building. For this year, the 21st National Children’s Month celebration focuses on poverty. The theme highlights that poverty reduction starts with children and that education is the most promising intervention that can make a difference in the life of every child and his/her family.


Based on 2009 Official Poverty Statistics of the Philippines, Children are among the basic sectors residing in urban areas accounted for the largest number of poor population in the country at 12.4 million in 2009 from 12.3 million in 2006.  Among the regions, Caraga posted the highest poverty incidence for children at 57.3% followed by Region V at 54.7% and ARMM at 54.2% in 2009.


Hence, a call on participation and convergence of efforts at various levels is deemed necessary to address poverty.  In order to strengthen advocacy on poverty reduction, the CWC identified major activities in partnership with the NCM Steering Members namely: DSWD, DOTC; DOJ-JJWC; NNC; PIA; Philippine Children’s Ministries Network; DA; DOLE; NYC; UST-College of Fine Arts & Design; Philippine Red Cross; PNP; Girl Scouts of the Philippines; ERDA Foundation; VIDES Philippines Volunteers Foundation, Inc; Laura Vicuῆa Foundation, Inc.; League of Municipalities of the Philippines; League of the Provinces of the Philippines; DOLE-BWSC; DOH; Philinc; NCSD; ChildFund Philippines, Save the Children; MMDA; LRTA; DOJ; DILG; DepEd; NEDA;  ECOP; NCCT; KBF; Plan Philippines, Sun for All Children; St. Peter Community, Manila Times; UNTV and Veritas 846.


The National Children’s Month will be highlighted with various activities in partnership with other government and non-government organizations. Some of these are Liturgical Celebration, quiz bee on Child Rights, cheer dance, awarding of CWC On-The-Spot Poster Making and Clay Modeling Sculpture and Song Composition contests, Seminar for Parents on Child’s Protection, Forum on “Kaalaman sa Batas Para sa Bata” focus on Anti-Child Pornography Act, Medical and Dental Mission, Policy Forum on Poverty, Children’s Festival, National Children’s Congress, Flash Mob, Exhibits, etc.

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For more details, please contact –

Ms. Denia S. Gamboa/Ms. Ma. Edna R.L. Estal

CWC Public Affairs and Information Office

Telephone No. 7811039 local 1005/1006.

Last Updated on Wednesday, 11 December 2013 15:36
 
Titik at Himig Song writing Contest for the 2013 National Children's Month Celebration PDF Print E-mail
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Monday, 01 July 2013 14:24

The Council for the Welfare of Children-National Children's Month Song Committee announces the extension for the submission of entries on the Lyrics and Song Writing Contest until September 13, 2013. The extension was made due to inclement weather and requests from schools.

AND HERE ARE THE FINALISTS....................................


 

Last Updated on Wednesday, 25 September 2013 15:33
 
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