2014 Presidential Awards for Child-Friendly Municipalities and Cities PDF Print E-mail
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Tuesday, 05 May 2015 16:39



29 April 2015


2014 Presidential Award for Child-Friendly Municipalities and Cities

Now in its 12th year of National Awarding, the Presidential Award for Child-Friendly Municipalities and Cities will be conducted on 08 May 2015 at the Philippine International Convention Center, Pasay City.

The Presidential Award for Child-Friendly Municipalities and Cities was initiated by the Council for the Welfare of Children pursuant to Executive Order No. 184 entitled “Establishing the Presidential Award for the Child-Friendly Municipalities and Cities” issued on December 13, 1999. The Presidential Award is conferred to deserving local government units in recognition of their vital role in the sustained promotion of children’s rights to survival, development, protection and participation as well as in ensuring child-friendly governance.

Outstanding Municipalities and Cities per category shall be awarded and be receiving the Presidential Trophy and Php 500,000.00 each. The 21 finalists are as follows: 1st to 3rd Cass Municipal Category: Hon. Benedict Calderon (Roxas, Isabela), Hon. Antonio Ogatis Bendita (Surallah, South Cotabato), Hon. Ma. Minda Liban Fontanilla (Bacnotan, La Union), Hon. Fernando Quizon Llamas (Mauban, Quezon), Hon. Vicente Sorupia, Jr. (Aleosan, North Cotabato), 4th to 6th Class Municipal Category: Hon. Leovino Hidalgao (Balete, Batangas), Hon. William Agsunod (Mahatao, Batanes), Hon. Lairvee Garvida Espiritu (Dumalneg, Ilocos Norte), Hon. Johnwell Tiggangay (Tanudan, Ifugao), Component City Category: Hon. Agnes Tolentino (Tagaytay City), Hon. Josemarie Diaz (Ilagan City), Hon. Evelyn Uy (Dipolog City, Hon. Adrianne Mae Cuevas (Palayan City), Highly Urbanized City Category: Hon. Ma. Belen Eusebio (Pasig City), Hon. Monico Puentevella (Bacolod City), Hon. Lucilo Bayron (Puerto Princesa City), Hon. Rodrigo Duterte (Davao City), Hon. Oscar Moreno (Cagayan de Oro City), and Independent Component City Category: Hon. Joseph Tan (Santiago City), Hon. Belen Fernandez (Dagupan City) and Hon. Japal Guiani (Cotabato City).

The milestone event will be attended by Honorable Secretaries Corazon Juliano - Soliman of DSWD, Mar A. Roxas of DILG (TBC), Leila M. De Lima of DOJ, Bro. Armin A. Luistro (TBC); Undersecretary Vicente Y. Belizario, Jr. of DOH, and CWC OIC-Executive Director Patricia Luna together with expected 500 delegates from 21 LGUs who are regional winners themselves, other officials from Government Agencies, Non-Government Organizations, Regional Sub-Committees for the Welfare of Children (RSCWC), other guests, VIPs and children.

In CWC’s effort to advocate and promote child-friendly governance, 42 local government units (LGUs) from 1999-2013 were awarded as outstanding municipalities and cities.

The Presidential Award for the Child-Friendly Municipalities and Cities was conceptualized with the goal of encouraging local government units to be “child-friendly”. Child-friendly governance demonstrate that LGU’s policies (through ordinance), programs and interventions are implemented which resulted to lower infant and maternal deaths, awareness on teen-age pregnancy, increase participation and lesser drop-outs in schools, protective services for child abuse, exploitation and discrimination, among others.




Mr. Elino L Bardillon

Public Affairs Information Office


Telephone No. 7811039 local 1006

Last Updated on Thursday, 07 May 2015 17:39
Seal of Child-friendly Local Governance PDF Print E-mail
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Thursday, 26 February 2015 13:32



The Council for the Welfare of Children launched last October 8, 2014 the “Child-Friendly Philippines: A Caring and Protective Society for, by, and with the Children”. It is the advocacy and programming framework adopted by the CWC in response to both national (Child 21 and 2nd National Plan of Action for Children) and international commitments. It is consistent with the United Nations Convention on the Rights of the Child (UN CRC) and it requires the involvement of different stakeholders at various levels.

The Child-Friendly Philippines framework promotes child-friendly local governance wherein local government units (LGUs) give priority to children in their planning, budgeting, legislation and delivery of services and is able to assure that all children enjoy their rights classified as survival, development, protection and participation. One of the strategies developed to achieve a Child-Friendly Philippines is the Seal of Child Friendly Local Governance (SCFLG) which is a recognition system for LGUs that deliver positive results for children’s well being.

The Seal of Child Friendly Local Governance is complemented by the Department of the Interior and Local Government Memorandum Circular (DILG MC) 2014-80 issued on July 7, 2014 endorsing the Child Friendly Local Governance Audit (CFLGA) to all Provincial Governors, City and Municipal Mayors, the ARMM Regional Governor, DILG Regional Directors, and other concerned parties. Likewise, the Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) and the Department of Education (DepEd) issued Administrative Order No. 03 s. of 2014 and Memorandum No. 97 s. of 2014, respectively, for the designation of representatives to the Child Friendly Local Governance Audit Team otherwise called the Interagency Monitoring Task Force (IMTF).

LGUs that will pass the CFLGA will be conferred the Seal of Child Friendly Local Governance by the CWC. The LGUs shall be audited based on the following twelve (12) criteria:

1. Percentage reduction in the deaths among children below five years old or under-five mortality rate.

2. Percentage reduction in the number of children under-six with below normal weight.

3. Percentage increase in the number of 3-4- year-old children attending center-based day care services.

4. Completion rate for elementary schooling.

5. Absence of child labor or percentage reduction in child labor cases.

6. Percentage reduction in the number of children victims of violence, abuse, neglect and exploitation (all forms, including physical violence, sexual abuse and exploitation, and trafficking in persons).

7. Safety measures for children in the community and schools.

8. Extent of mainstreaming of children’s rights to survival, development, protection and participation in the core development agenda of LGUs (this includes LCPC functionality and child participation).

9. An ordinance establishing Barangay Violence Against Women and their Children (VAWC) Desks.

10. 2013 Philhealth accreditation in its main health facility or rural health unit for the Maternal Care Services and Primary Care.

11. A Local School Board (LSB) Plan for CY 2013 that is aligned with the School Improvement Plan (SIP).

12. Completed at least 70% of its LSB Plan for 2013.



Conferees of the SCFLG are shortlisted and validated for the Presidential Award for Child Friendly Municipalities and Cities.

Last Updated on Thursday, 26 February 2015 15:18
CWC @40 PDF Print E-mail
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Thursday, 11 December 2014 12:35




The Council for the Welfare of Children (CWC) was created by virtue of Presidential Decree (PD) 603 otherwise known as the Child and Youth Welfare Code signed by President E. Marcos on December 10, 1974. PD 603 has been considered as the first revolutionary law on children because it has codified laws on the rights and responsibilities of children below 21 years old (now 18 years old under Republic Act No. 6809) as well as that of parents, with respect to home, church, community, education, and the State. Moreover, special categories of children such as dependent, neglected and abandoned, physically and mentally disabled and youth offenders are protected under the doctrine of “parens patriae”. PD 603 further defined mechanisms for coordination and collaboration between and among home, community and state. It even included protection mechanisms for children with the organization of the Barangay Councils for the Protection of Children (BCPC).


Over four (4) decades of its existence, CWC has been able to show its leadership as inter-agency body on children, mandated to formulate and evaluate policies, coordinate and monitor the implementation and enforcement of all laws and programs on children. Testament to CWC’s work are the plans and framework that promote and safeguard the rights of Filipino children such as the Plan of Action for the Decade of the Filipino Child (1977-1987), the 1990’s Philippine Plan of Action for Children (PPAC) and the Philippine National Strategic Framework for Plan Development for Children (2000-2025) or “CHILD 21” and its medium term 1st and 2nd National Plans of Action for Children, National Strategic Framework for Action to End Violence Against Children, Medium Term Strategic Framework on the Girl-Child and the National Framework on Child Participation.


Other milestones achieved were: United Nations Convention on the Rights of the Child (UN-CRC) Implementation Reports (1st, 2nd and 3rd and 4th), policy advocacy instrumental in the passage of child protection laws such as Special Protection of Children Act (RA 7610), National Barangay Day Care Law (RA 6972), Early Childhood Care and Development Law (RA 8980); Family Courts Act (RA 8369), Children’s Television Act (RA 8370, Domestic Adoption Act (RA 8552), issuance of Executive Order 138 (Establishment of Monitoring, Reporting and Response System for Grave Child Rights Violation in Situation of Armed Conflict) among others. CWC also leads in the celebration of special events on children such as the Children’s Month celebration, National Awareness Week for the Prevention of Child Sexual Abuse and Exploitation and Protection and Gender-Fair Treatment of the Girl-Child Week.



With the challenge of times bringing emerging issues on children and achieving the vision of a “Child-Friendly Philippines: A Caring and Protective Society for, by and with the Children”, CWC will remain steadfast in its works of ensuring that children remain the priority agenda in government as well in the agenda of its partner Non-Government Organizations, Faith-based Organizations, the private sector, local government units and to our beloved children.

Last Updated on Thursday, 11 December 2014 12:51
Designation of OIC-ED and DED PDF Print E-mail
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Friday, 03 October 2014 15:51





The Council for the Welfare of Children is pleased to inform you of the appointment of Director Patricia B. Luna as the Officer-Incharge -Executive Director and Ms. Grace Cymbeline R.T. Alejandrino as Officer-Incharge – Deputy Executive Director of this agency effective September 25, 2014.

Thank you.



Last Updated on Friday, 03 October 2014 15:59