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The forming of the Longest Line of Pencils for the Guinness Book of World Records attempt.

The Council for the Welfare of Children (CWC) with the Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) and the National Youth Commission (NYC) lead the observance of the National Children’s Month (NCM) during the month of November of every year pursuant to on Republic Act 10661, otherwise known as “National Children’s Month Act”.

This years’ observance will be for the whole month of November 2016, the theme is “Isulong: Kalidad na Edukasyon Para sa Lahat ng Bata!” which highlights children’s rights to education and encourage stakeholders to advocate inclusive and equitable life-long learning opportunities for all children.

A Press Conference @ Balitaan sa Rembrandt on 04 February 2016 (Friday), 9:00AM – 11:00AM, Rembrandt Hotel, Tomas Morato, Quezon City. The event was organized with DSWD-Social Marketing Services and Philippine Information Agency. Dr. Erick San Juan served as the Moderator.   The press conference was participated in by the media composed of print, broadcast and social media. Atty. Marijoy D. Segui, CESO III, CWC Deputy Exec. Dir. IV provided the welcome message.  Topics discussed by the panelists were as follows:  Drug safety education and DSWD Aftercare, Reintegration and Transformation Support by ASEC Jose Antonio R. Hernandez of DSWD; 24th National Children’s Month Observance with the theme Isulong:  Kalidad na Edukasyon Para sa Bata!” by Executive Director Patricia B. Luna of Council for the Welfare of Children; Children Sector Perspective on Education by Kathleen Mae D. Villanueva, Alternate Child Representative of NAPC-Children Basic Sector; NYC Programs/Projects in support of 2016 NCM Theme:  Education by Executive Director Nielex Tupas, Jr. of National Youth Commission; and  DSWD Programs/Projects in support of 2016 NCM Theme:  Education by Asst. Bureau Dir. Rosalie D. Dagulo of DSWD-Protective Services Bureau.

The second major activity was the NCM kick – off: “One Million Lapis” Campaign project culmination and the Guinness Book of World Record for the Longest Line of Pencils attempt in partnership with AMSPEC Corporation and SM Cares on November 5, 2016 at SM by the Bay, SM MOA, Pasay City.

For the One Million Lapis Campaign project, a total of 3,337,521 Pencils were collected surpassing by three (3) times the one-million target where majority of the pencils collected were from AMSPEC Corporation.

For the attempt for the “Guinness Book of World Record for the Longest Line of Pencils, more than 2,000 children ages 14-17 years old formed a pencil line of 858.58 meters, besting the 459.97meters set by Nuremberg, Germany on August 2015.

Confirming the world-breaking feat were representatives from Armed Forces of the Philippines Brigadier General Jose Antonio Carlos Motril and Soroptomist International Congresswomen Linabelle Ruth Villarica, 4th District of Bulacan with Engineer Arnel Raios and Willie Nage from Land Registration Authority.

Guests and VIPs who attended the events were composed of Amalgamated Specialties Corporation (AMSPEC) Board Director Ms. Juanita Roco, SM Cares Vice-Pres for Special Projects and Operations Mr. Royston Cabunag, Soroptomist International Judy Gutierrez, DSWD Usec. Mae Fe Templa, Asec. Jose Anthony Hernandez, Director Pat Sarino and Region IV-B Director Wilma Naviamos, DepEd Usec. Alberto Muyot, DA Usec. Ranibai Dilangalen, Executive Director Nielex Tupas of NYC and P/Supt. Erickson Velasquez, Directorate for Police Community.

Media coverage were provided by NET 25, TV 5, UNTV, GMA 7, ABS-CBN and PTV4/Radyo ng Bayan. Journalist of various newspaper attended from Philippine Star, Business Mirror, Manila Times, People’s Journal, Manila Standard, Balita and Philippine Daily Inquirer.

Other NCM Activities would include: World Day Against Child Labor on 8 November 2016; Child Safety Sticker Campaign on 24 November 2016 with DOTR – LTO and LTFRB, Robinsons Mall, AMSPEC Corporation, Safe Kids Philippines, Transport Group; Araw ng Kabataan on November 22, 2016 with 1,200 children of DSWD Pantawid Pamilya Pilipino Program at AFP Theater, Camp Aguinaldo, Quezon City and Launching of Whistle Campaign against Drug Abuse (culminating activity) on 28 November 2016 with PNP and Rotary International @ Malacaňan, respectively.


For more information, please contact:

Mr. Elino Bardillon

Head, Public Affairs and Information Office

7811039 loc 1005/1006

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Wednesday, 17 August 2016 17:51



ONE MILLION LAPIS Campaign Project:

CWC Calls for Support!

In celebration of the National Children’s Month in November by virtue of Republic Act 10661”National Children’s Month Act” series of 2015, the Council for the Welfare of Children (CWC) has launched the “One Million Lapis Project” to promote the child’s right to (write as basic right) education especially for children whose situations have impeded their chances to go to school. ”Lapis” is a symbolic representation of the child’s need to express ones ideas and feelings, be empowered through learning, in recognition of the importance of writing skills and materials.

A documentary report in 2012 reveals that in far-flung villages, there are situation where elementary students divide one “Lapis” into three to be able to write. This shows the lack of materials for writing compounded with inadequate school facilities and the long distance of travel from home to school.

As of August 16, 2016 a total of 854,521 Pencils commitment were already generated from Private/business partners: SM Cares – 300T, National Bookstore – 50T, Soroptimist International – 50T, Landbank of the Philippines – 50T, Enchanted Kingdom – 50T, National Government Agencies: Department of Education – 200T, Department of Social Welfare and Development – 50T, Office of the President Presidential Communication Office – 50T, Department Justice – 10T, Department of Agriculture – 10T, National Council for Disability Affairs – 450, National Council for Children’s Television – 513, National Power Corporation – 400, National Electrification Administration – 574, Non-Government Organizations: Consuelo Foundation – 1,200, Childfund Japan Phils -954, Childhope-450 and Academe: Miriam College Middle School – 20T and STI Foundation – 10T.

The project is a partnership of National Government led by CWC and SM Cares. Other major sponsors included National Bookstore, Soroptimist International, Landbank of the Philippines and Enchanted Kingdom. It aims to gather Lapis/Pencils for the benefit of under privileged students who lack the opportunity to pursue schooling (necessary materials for writing). It is being envisioned to enter the Guinness Book of World Record by 2016.

Target to complete the One Million Lapis is on October 28, 2016 with Official announcement during the November 5, 2016 kick-off celebration of the 2016 National Children’s Month.

Expression of support were also generated from the Civil Service Commission, National Housing Authority, Land Registration Authority, Social Security System, Philippine Regulation Commission, Development Academy of the Philippines, Philippine Red Cross, National Dairy Authority, Philippine Insurance Commission, Commission on Filipino Overseas, Philippine National Police – Women and Children Center and Hotel Management Association of the Philippine.

A video of the One Million Lapis campaign is available at youtube: CWChildrenOfficial. For more information, please contact Mr. Elino Bardillon, Head of Public Affairs and Information Office at 7424010 loc. 1006. You can also visit the CWC website at www.cwc.gov.ph and email: This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it .


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Mr. Elino Bardillon

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Date of Release:  May 20, 2016

End Child Labor:  1 Milyong Batang Malaya by 2025

The “Batang Malaya” Communication and Campaign Planning Workshop was recently conducted on May 11-14, 2016  at the Baguio Country Club, Baguio City sponsored by the International Labour Organization (ILO) with Mr. Julius C. Cainglet, Assistant Vice President of Federation of Free Workers (FFW) and Chairperson of NCLC Knowledge Management Sub-Committee acted as the over-all facilitator of the activity.

The activity was spearheaded by the DOLE-Bureau of Workers with Special Concerns aimed to come-up with a two-year communication plan (2016-2018) supporting the vision on child-labor free Philippines with the goal to remove one million children from child labor by 2025.

The workshop was participated in by the Knowledge Management Sub-Committee members, namely Federation of Free Workers (FFW), selected St. Scholastica student partners, National Youth Commission (NYC), ERDA Foundation, Trade Union Congress of the Philippines (TUCP), National Council on Social Development (NDSD), Council for the Welfare of Children (CWC), National Commission on Indigenous People (NCIP)-Cordillera Administrative Region (DOLE-CAR), DOLE national offices (e.g. Institute for Labor Studies, Bureau of Workers with Special Concerns, etc.) and selected regional offices, particularly the Labor Law Compliance Officers (LLCO).

DOLE CAR Regional Director Nathaniel Lacamba inspired the participants with his welcome message and an inspirational message from Mr. Giovanni Soledad of ILO.

Resource Persons invited were Ms. Beth Casin of DOLE-BWSC Prof. Wowie Lomibao, Executive Director of Kanlungan Center Foundation.  A professor at St. Scholastica and a graduate of UP Mass Communication.  Ms. Casin presented the updates and developments on Child Labor that highlighted the following major projects of DOLE-BWSC in collaboration with partner agencies:  Sagip Batang Manggagawa was initiated in 1993 with 3,500 child laborers rescued; 47 establishments permanently closed most in NCR, Region 6 and 7; Kabuhayan Para sa Magulang ng Batang Manggagawa like Nego Kart/Kit; Impact evaluation on livelihood assistance; Project Angel Tree; 213 barangays recognized as Child Labor Free Barangays;182  Child Labor-Free Establishments certified; H.E.L.P. M.E. convergence program (Health, education, livelihood and prevention, protection and prosecution, monitoring, and evaluation); Training of LCCOs on child labor inspection skills; Pantawid Pamilyang Pilipino Program with child labor initiative; Guidelines on Handling Child Laborers and Working Children in School (w/ DepEd); Philippine Program Against Child Labor (PPACL); Observance of World Day Against Child Labor (WDACL); and NYC Assistant Secretary Dingdong Dantes agreed in principle as the Ambassador on Child Labor advocacy.

Prof. Lomibao discussed the communication in advocacy and development, legal and ethical issues, standards and protocols.

The workshop ended with important message from Director Ahmma Charisma Lobrin-Satumba

of DOLE-BWSC.  She expressed her appreciation to the partner agencies for the Philippines made a significant advancement in efforts to eliminate the worst forms of child labor as reflected by the United States Department of Labor (US DOL) report.

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Written by:  Ma. Edna Lapuz-Estal

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Press Release

02 May 2016



Recently, a trending Facebook post made by an alleged supporter of Duterte named Shawie Constantino Enriquez made offensive remarks on actress Melai Cantiveros, her husband Jason Francisco, and to her two-year old daughter Mela.

Melai and Jason are known supporters of Mar Roxas. Both of them are making appearances on political advertisements for the presidential candidate.

click here online post from Enriquez and Cantiveros retrieved from InterAksyon

Melai took offense of Enriquez’s post and expressed her sentiments via Instagram account, further stressing that the latter went too far by wishing her daughter to be raped.

Melai also threatened to file charges to Enriquez and further calls the attention of the Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) and Bantay Bata for appropriate action.

The Council for the Welfare of Children (CWC) urges everyone with the election fever to be responsible netizens and be sensitive on making defamatory remarks (i.e. rape, sexual abuse) on somebody, especially to the children.


Celaine Cabrera

Public Affairs Information Office

Council for the Welfare of Children

Telephone No.: 7811039 local 1005


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