Seal of Child-friendly Local Governance PDF Print E-mail
Written by LID   
Thursday, 26 February 2015 13:32

 

The SEAL OF CHILD FRIENDLY LOCAL GOVERNANCE


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
 
2015 CSAAW PDF Print E-mail
Written by PAIO   
Tuesday, 03 February 2015 17:43

Press Release

29 January 2015

 

 

19th National Awareness Week for the Prevention

of Child Sexual Abuse and Exploitation


The Council for the Welfare of Children enjoin the nation to be one in combating child abuse. This is in observance of Presidential Proclamation No. 731 series of 1996 that declares the 2nd week of February of every year as "National Awareness Week for the Prevention of Child Sexual Abuse and Exploitation" or also known as "Child Sexual Abuse Awareness Week (CSAAW)". This years’ observance will be on February 7-13 with the theme “Labanan ang Pang-aabusong Sekswal sa mga bata: NOW na!” This will provide awareness to the children, parents, communities and the society on how to make our environment safe, protective and caring for our children.


Based on the DSWD child abuse preliminary report as of January 2015, a total of 1,319 or 29% sexually abused and exploited children from 5,526 cases were served by the Department for CY 2014.

For the last three years (2012-2014), sexually abused and exploited children remains second in rank with the highest number of the different types of child abuse cases served by the DSWD.

The following activities will strengthen the promotion of the right of the child towards a Child-Friendly Philippines:  A Caring and Protective Society for, by and with the Children.

 


a) Fun and Learning Day with Children led by ECPAT and TUGON, on February 7, 2015 at the Sunken Garden, University of the Philippines, Diliman, Quezon City wherein 300 children (7-17 years old) from various communities in Quezon City as participants. The kick-off activity feature booths for children with different activities like theater, painting, baking, etc.

 

 


b) Flash Mob Program with Honorable DSWD Secretary Corazon Juliano-Soliman and Mayor Herbert Bautista on 08 February 2015, 7:30AM to 9:00AM at the Liwasang Aurora (blue stage), Quezon City Circle, Quezon City with target participants of 1,500 children ages 10 up, youth, parents and officials from the Quezon City, National Agencies, Non-Government Organization. The objective is to reach the concerned agencies and the general public on protecting children from sexual abuse and commercial sexual exploitation. This will be highlighted with the flash mob to be led by the children and youth of KAIBIGAN Outreach Program and National Council for Social Development (NCSD) flash mobbers together with the participants;

 


c) Safer internet Day Campaign c/o Stairway Foundation on February 10, 2015. In support to CSAAW observance, the Stairway Foundation will integrate CSEC advocacy during the safer internet day celebration. There will be a simultaneous school caravan on online safety through their Break the Silence Movement (BSM) in NCR, Davao, Cebu, Bacolod, Dumaguete and Zamboanga areas. Prevention of child abuse and exploitation online will be one of their topics during the activity; and

 


d) Forum on the Prevention of Child Sexual Abuse and Exploitation in Emergencies on February 13, 2015 at the Bayview Park Hotel, Roxas Boulevard, Manila with expected participants 100 pax from SACSEC Members, Service Providers (NGO, LGU, NGA), Legislators. Objectives of the forum are: to appreciate the international and national frameworks in protecting children in emergencies; learn about the existing protocols/standards/programs and services to prevent sexual abuse and exploitation of children (CSEC); appreciate stories and actual experiences of people or service providers who were victims of disasters including their challenges and insights; and identify issues confronting children in emergencies and come up with proposed measures to resolve such situation.


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For inquiries please contact Mr. Elino L. Bardillo, Public Affairs and Information Office (PAIO) or Ms. Laureen

Musa of Policy and Planning Division (PPD), Telephone No. 7811039 local 1005/1006/2003

 

Last Updated on Wednesday, 04 February 2015 09:35
 
Angels Walk for Autism 2015 PDF Print E-mail
Written by PAIO   
Friday, 23 January 2015 18:08

PRESS RELEASE

About 15,000 advocates to join the 2015 Angels Walk for Autism!

 

 


The Council for the Welfare of Children (CWC) supports the Angels Walk, a kick-off event on the observance of 19th National Autism Consciousness Week (NACW) on January 25, 2015 at the Mall of Asia Arena, SM Mall of Asia Complex, Pasay City with the theme “Autism Inclusive Philippines: Aim High! Fly High!” which aimed to protect and promote the well-being of persons with autism spectrum disorder.

 

The Autism Society Philippines (ASP) in partnership with the National Council on Disability Affairs (NCDA) organized the activity with an estimated of about 15,000 to participate based on the registration on-line. The first ever attempt to set a Guinness Book of World Record on the largest crowd wearing angels’ wings as a symbolic gesture of solidarity and hope to inspire awareness, acceptance and inclusion of persons with autism (PWAs) in society and to promote action by the public and private sectors towards enabling PWAs to live with dignity, enjoy equal rights and access, function independently and contribute productively.

 

 

A global estimates in 2014 from World Health Organization on human population showed a high prevalence of autism with a ratio of 1:68, which means that in a population of 68 individuals, one (1) is affected with it.  Autism spectrum disorder (ASD), or simply “autism,” is a lifelong development disability that manifests itself during the first three years of life and results from neurological disorder that affects the functioning of the brain, mostly affecting children in many countries.  With this alarming prevalence, autism spectrum disorder (ASD) in children in all regions of the world needs attention and measures have to be taken to raise awareness on autism throughout the society and to encourage early diagnosis and early intervention with the development challenges along health and nutrition, education, training and intervention programs.

 


NACW is a long-week observance with otheractivities such as:  1)  Isang Bansa, Isang Pangako (Flag Raising Ceremony) by the Local Government Units Nationwide on January 26, 2015; 2)  Arts Workshop for Children with Autism at DILG Building, Quezon City on January 26, 2015; 3)  Forum on Assistive and Emphatic Technologies for Persons with Autism at De la Salle University, Taft Avenue, Manila on January 27, 2015; 4)  Forum on Employment of Young Adults with Autism at Manila Jockey Club, Carmona, Cavite and Autism Angels Take Flight at NAIA 3 on January 28, 2015; 5)  “Quiz A” at NORFIL Foundation, #16 Mother Ignacia St., Corner Roxas Ave., Quezon City and  “AuTama!  Trivia Night” at Puzzle Café at Blueridge,  Quezon City on January 30, 2015; 6)  “Artismo:  Kulay at Himig ng Autismo”/Closing Ceremony at SM Aura, Global City, Taguig City and  “Alyana” Film Showing in Taguig City on January 31, 2015.

 

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For further inquiries, please contact:

Ms. Ma. Edna R.L. Estal, Public Affairs and Information Office (PAIO)

 

Telephone No. 7811039 local 1005/1006

Last Updated on Friday, 23 January 2015 18:22
 
CWC @40 PDF Print E-mail
Written by Public Affairs and Information Ofiice   
Thursday, 11 December 2014 12:35

 

CWC@40

 


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
 
KALIGTASAN NG MGA BATA PAHALAGAHAN NGAYONG KAPASKUHAN! PDF Print E-mail
Written by Public Affairs and Information Ofiice   
Monday, 01 December 2014 10:26

Press Release

28 November 2014

 

KALIGTASAN NG MGA BATA PAHALAGAHAN NGAYONG KAPASKUHAN!

A Yuletide Season reminder from CWC

 

OIC-Executive Director B. Patricia Luna of the Council for the Welfare of Children (CWC), the highest policy making body on children, urged the public to make this yuletide season for children safe. Begging should be discouraged!

 

Begging for alms among children in the guise of caroling is a common scene with the advent of holiday season in the streets, jeepneys, malls and big establishment. Caroling in the streets is risky, especially to children who squeeze themselves between vehicles and tap on car windows, or those who jump from public utility vehicles, unmindful of the danger to their life and limb.

 

Presidential Decree 1563 otherwise known as “Anti-Medicancy Law of 1978” provides an integrated system for the control and eradication of mendicancy. It provides penalties for mendicants and those giving alms directly to the mendicants in the amount of 500 and 20 pesos, respectively. With such small penalty under the 35 year old law, there is a growing call to repeal it.

 

“Now, more than ever, the government has been seriously enforcing existing laws against child mendicancy. We really want to keep children off the streets,“ CWC Chairperson and DSWD Secretary Corazon Dinky Soliman says.

 

“If we want to help the mendicants and streetchidren, we must channel this through the proper government agencies, such as the DSWD, and Non-Government Organizations,” Secretary Soliman added.

 

Further, CWC also advises children to refrain from using pyrotechnics such as “superlolo”, “bawang”, “sinturon ni hudas” “goodbye philippines”, “pla-pla” among others, for the holiday season. We have seen the adverse effects of pyrotechnics among children victims such as poisoning, lost of limbs and worst, deaths. Based on the 2012 Department of Health (DOH) report, a total of 274 children aged 6 to 10 years old became victims of firecracker use.

 

CWC calls for a safe and mendicancy free holiday season and strongly encourage the stakeholders especially PARENTS, CAREGIVERS and GUARDIANS to ensure that their children will not engage in such activities. The LOCAL COUNCIL FOR THE PROTECTION OF CHILDREN and BARANGAY COUNCIL FOR THE PROTECION OF CHILDREN should take action such as monitoring the selling of pyrotechnics among children and apprehension of violators, and reporting to proper authorities the presence of children beggars. Implementation of the law relative to the two concerns should be a paramount concern of our BARANGAYS to protect our children.

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Contact:

Mr. Elino L Bardillon

Public Affairs Information Office

 

Telephone No. 7811039 local 1006

Last Updated on Monday, 01 December 2014 10:47
 
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