MOA Signing of EO 138 PDF Print E-mail
Written by Elino Bardillon and AIza Cabrera   
Tuesday, 22 July 2014 15:53

PRESS RELEASE

21 July 2014

Addressing the Needs of Children in Armed Conflict through EO 138:

CWC leads Ceremonial MOA Signing

 


Republic Act. No. 7610, also known as the “Special Protection of Children Against Child Abuse, Exploitation and Discrimination Act” declares children as Zones of Peace, and such, they shall not be recruited to become members of the Armed Forces of the Philippines or its civilian units or other armed  groups, nor be allowed to take part in the fighting, or used as guides, couriers or spies.


For the last three years (2011-2013) a total 229 cases of children victims of armed conflict was served by the Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD). In February 2014, the Philippine Daily Inquirer and international dailies Sky News Australia and New Strait Times reported three child soldiers were among the 53 people killed in a week fighting between the Philippine Army and the Bangsamoro Islamic Freedom Fighters.


Executive Order 138 S.2013 “Amending Executive Order (EO) No. 56 (S.2001) Adopting the Comprehensive Program Framework for Children in Armed Conflict, Strengthening the Council for the Welfare of Children (CWC) and for Other Purposes” was signed and approved by Pres. Aquino last August 2, 2013.


The Comprehensive Program Framework for Children in Armed Conflict  (CIAC Program Framework) addresses the alarming involvement of children in armed conflict, either as combatants, couriers, guides, spies, medics, cooks or their recruitment for sexual purposes or in any similar, non-combatant capacity and directs national government agencies and Local Government Units (LGUs) to implement the same.


The CWC as the focal inter-agency body of the Philippine Government for children coordinates and spearhead the organization of a Monitoring, Reporting and Response System inter-agency Team (MRRS) composed of the Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP), Philippine National Police (PNP), Department of the Interior and Local Government (DILG), Department of Health (DOH), Office of the Presidential Adviser on the Peace Process (OPAPP) among others, to respond to concerns of children in situations of armed conflict specifically to the grave child rights violations such as killing and maiming, recruitment and use of children, attacks on schools and hospitals or health facilities, abduction of children, rape and other gender-based violence and denial of humanitarian access.


Relative to the Implementation of the Children Involved in Armed Conflict (CIAC) Program Framework, the functions of Office of the Presidential Adviser on the Peace Process (OPAPP) as lead agency in coordinating and monitoring the implementation of the CIAC Program Framework, as enhanced and approved by the CWC Board, are hereby transferred to the CWC.


An Inter-Agency Committee on Children in Armed Conflict (IAC-CIAC), constituted by virtue of a Memorandum of Agreement signed in April 2007 was formally established chaired by the CWC. Member agencies are the Commission on Human Rights (CHR), Department of Education (DepEd), Department of Foreign Affairs (DFA), DILG, DOH, Department of National Defense - AFP, Department of Justice (DOJ), Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD), PNP, Presidential Human Rights Committee (PHRC), Presidential Management Staff (PMS) and OPAPP. The IAC-CIAC is also known as the Monitoring, Reporting and Response Team on Grave Child Rights Violations (MRRS-GCRV Team)


A ceremonial MOA signing on Executive Order 138 led by Executive Secretary Paquito Ochoa, Secretary Corazon “Dinky” Soliman of DSWD , Secretary Leila De Lima of DOJ, Secretary Teresita Quintos-Deles, OPAPP, Undersecretary Albert Muyot of DepEd is scheduled on 25 July 2014 (Friday), 10:00 AM- 1:00PM at the Social Hall, 4/F Mabini Building, Malacanang Palace, Manila. The objective is to be able to gain support from other stakeholders to officially commit to fulfil their roles and responsibilities in the implementation of the EO 138 in order to operationalize the Monitoring, Reporting and Response System (MRRS) on Grave Child Rights Violations (GCRVs).

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For further inquiries, please contact:

Mr. Elino L. Bardillon/ Ms. Aiza A. Cabrera

 

Telephone No.781-1039 local 1006/2005

Last Updated on Tuesday, 22 July 2014 16:02
 
ASEAN Commission for the Promotion and Protection of Women and Children (ACWC) PDF Print E-mail
Written by Policy and Planning Division   
Friday, 18 July 2014 09:46

Calling for Nominees for the Philippines' Children's Representative to the ACWC

 

The Inter-Agency Committee for the Selection of the Philippine Representative to the ASEAN Commission for the Promotion and Protection of Women and Children (ACWC) on Children’s Rights announces the nomination for the Children Sector Representative to the ACWC.

 

What is the ACWC?


The ACWC, an initiative endorsed by ASEAN Leaders at the 10th ASEAN Summit in 2004, is an inter-governmental body which looks into the promotion and protection of human rights and fundamental freedoms of women and children in ASEAN. The Terms of Reference for ACWC (Annex A) defines the Commission’s role in promoting public awareness and education in human rights of the women and children, capacity building and encouraging studies and research and sharing of experiences and good practices related to the well-being of women and children.

 

The ACWC was inaugurated in Hanoi, Vietnam last 7 April 2010 and subsequently held its first meeting. During the said meeting representatives from Member States agreed to align the ACWC with the ASEAN Intergovernmental Commission on Human Rights (AICHR) and revise the Term of Reference of the ACWC.

 

Download Ciriteria and nomination form

Last Updated on Friday, 18 July 2014 10:08
 
Naga City BCPC visits CWC PDF Print E-mail
Written by April Obtinario   
Wednesday, 09 July 2014 14:38

IN SEARCH FOR EXCELLENCE!

 

Naga City Visits CWC

 

(Left photo: CWC Executive Director Brenda S. Vigo receives a token from Councilor Elmer Baldemoro;   Right photo: Naga City BCPC Delagates with CWC Offciials)

 




Forty-five (45) delegates from the 27 Barangay Councils for the Protection of Children (BCPCs) of Naga City made a courtesy call to Executive Director (ED) Brenda Vigo of the Council for the Welfare of Children (CWC) on July 3, 2014. The group was headed by Hon. Councilor Elmer Baldemoro, Chairman of the Committee on Children and Co–Chairperson of the Naga City Council for the Welfare and Protection of Children (NCCWPC) and Brgy. Councilor Cecille Garchitorena, Federation President of the Barangay Committees on Children.


The Naga City administration, aiming for ideal functionality for its 27 BCPCs, is currently undertaking initiatives to enhance the BCPC members’ capabilities. One of the initiatives is to take their BCPC members for a study tour to some of the child-friendly local government units (LGUs), specifically Mandaluyong City, Tagaytay City and Laguna. In line with this is the visit to the CWC that is the government’s focal agency for children’s concerns.


During the courtesy call, ED Vigo congratulated Coun. Baldemoro for Naga City’s strengthening efforts in the welfare and protection of children. She expressed her hope for all Cities and municipalities to have the same passion and initiative.She likewise emphasized Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) Secretary Corazon “Dinky” Juliano-Soliman’s message that the “protection of children lies in the hands of barangays [BCPCs]  as the frontliners”.


Naga City is a Hall of Fame Awardee of the Presidential Award for Child Friendly Municipalities and Cities. It is also one of the replication/learning hubs under the CWC initiative Communities of Practice on Child-Friendly Local Governance (CoP-CFLG). The CoP-CFLG is a replication strategy that establishes a peer-to-peer coaching and learning methodology banking on the exemplary practices and mechanisms of LGUs producing positive results for children and on the potential of other LGUs to replicate such practices. It primarily aims to capacitate LGUs on child rights programming through effective Local Councils for the Protection of Children (LCPCs) with the end in view of institutionalizing child-friendly local governance.


Naga City prides itself in its health and nutrition, and education programs. It is consistent in achieving 100% of their children fully immunized. They also have 100% school participation rate through the EduCare Program and the Quality Universal Elementary Education in Naga (QUEEN) Program wherein the City Government and barangays provide for the expenses of students. School children are provided with rice subsidy based on their school attendance as part of the Sanggawadan Program. In barangays located in the city’s upland area, children enroled in the public elementary schools are given free lunch. Each barangay also has an established Alternative Learning System (ALS) Center in partnership with the Department of Education (DepEd); payment for the utilities and staff salary is shouldered by both the barangay and the city government. Abovementioned initiatives have contributed to the absence of child labor in the city. Teen-age pregnancy is also being addressed through the Hearts and Minds Program, an adolescent and youth health class. Instilling the value of caring for the environment is undertaken through the organization of environmental Task Force Bantay Kalikasan where children help in ensuring that no garbage is thrown in the river as well as the simple way of not littering.


Naga City is truly living up to the late Secretary Jesse Robredo’s legacy of striving for excellence for our children!


For more details, please contact –

Mr. ElinoBardillon/Ms. April Obtinario

Telephone No. 7811039 local 1005/2008

Last Updated on Wednesday, 09 July 2014 16:19
 
18th National Awareness Week for the Prevention of Child Sexual Abuse and Exploitation PDF Print E-mail
Written by PAIO   
Monday, 10 February 2014 14:41

Press Release

10 February 2014

18th National Awareness Week for the Prevention

of Child Sexual Abuse and Exploitation


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)", the Council for the Welfare of Children enjoin the nation to be as one in combating against child abuse.

For this year, it will be observed on February 9-15 February with the theme “Proteksyon ng Bata ...Tungkulin ng Bawat Isa". This annual observance of CSAAW provides 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 2014, a total of 1,246 or 27% sexually abused and exploited children are served by the Department for CY 2013.

For the last three years (2011-2013), sexually abused and exploited children remains second in rank with the highest number of abuse among the type of child abuse cases served by the DSWD.

The following activities will brighten up the enthusiasm of everyone to promote the rights 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 8 February 2014 at Belarmin Field, Ateneo De Manila University 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 theather, painting, baking, etc.

b) Policy Forum on Child Sexual Abuse and Exploitation in the Cyberspace on 12 February 2014 at the Bayleaf Hotel, Intramuros, Manila where updates of the new developments on the concerns of sexual abuse and exploitation to children will be discussed with two researches to be presented.  These are the “On line Risks to Filipino Children” conducted by Stairway Foundation and the “Full Screen on View: An Exploratory Study on the Background and Psychosocial Consequences of Web Cam Child Sex Tourism in the Philippines” conducted by Terres Des Hommes Netherlands

c) Sunset Walk with Honorable DSWD Secretary Corazon Juliano-Soliman and DepEd Undersecretary Albert Muyot on 15 February 2014 at the Quezon Memorial Circle to reach the concerned agencies and the general public on the concerns of protecting children from sexual abuse and commercial sexual exploitation. This will be highlighted with a program showcasing different talents of children and music bands.

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For further inquiries, please contact:

 

Ms. Ma. Edna R.L. Estal/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.

Last Updated on Monday, 10 February 2014 14:46
 
Issue of Child Soldiers in the Country PDF Print E-mail
Written by PAIO   
Friday, 07 February 2014 17:52

Press Release

7 February 2014

CWC: Time to Seriously Address Issue of Child Soldiers in the Country


With the successful signing of the peace negotiations with the government and the Moro Islamic Liberation Front (MILF), we must now have serious efforts to address the practice of using children as combatants in armed conflict. This is amid the efforts to neutralize other armed groups in Mindanao.

Council for the Welfare of Children (CWC) Executive Director Brenda S. Vigo made this appeal as evidences of the wide use of children as soldiers again surfaced in last week’s operations of the military against the Bangsamoro Islamic Freedom Fighters (BIFF).

“This is unacceptable, as this violates the rights of children, and against international laws”, she said.

The Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP) reported that photographs of children carrying rifles were among the items left as it overran the camps of the BIFF in Mindanao. The military launched this offensive two days after the government concluded peace talks with the main Muslim rebel group, the MILF. The AFP also reported that three child combatants where among the 53 BIFF fighter killed during the military offensive.

A new legal mechanism that now addresses children in armed conflict is now in place. President Aquino signed on Aug. 2, 2013, Executive Order 138 which establishes the Monitoring, Reporting and Response System (MRRS) for Grave Child Rights Violations in Situations of Armed Conflict. The six violations include: 1) killing and maiming of children; 2) recruitment and use of children; 3) attack on schools and hospitals; 4) abduction of children; 5) rape and other grave sexual violence against children; and 6) denial of humanitarian access.

This amended the Executive Order 56 of 2001 which adopted the Comprehensive Framework for children in Armed Conflict. The new MRRS aims to protect children in situations of armed conflict by preventing the occurrence of grave child rights violations, and ensuring appropriate and timely response in the event of such violations.

It also generates data and information to guide the MRRS inter-agency team composed of the AFP, the Philippine National Police (PNP), DILG, DepEd, DFA, DOJ, CHR, Presidential Human Rights Committee (PHRC), Presidential Management Staff (PMS), the Presidential Adviser on the Peace Process (OPAPP), and the CWC which takes the lead in implementing the MRRS.

DSWD Secretary Corazon J. Soliman, who is also CWC chair said: “We want that children are victimized no more in this condemnable manner by adults. We must put an end to the recruitment of children as warriors.”

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For further inquiries, please contact:

Mr. Elino L. Bardillon/Ms. Aiza A. Cabrera

Tel. No. 781-1039 local 1005/2003

 

Last Updated on Friday, 07 February 2014 18:01