National Agencies support H.E.L.P M.E. Convergence Program to Stop Child Labour PDF Print E-mail
Written by Edna Estal   
Friday, 22 January 2016 16:44

Press Release

January 15, 2016

 


The National Government Agencies, namely DSWD, DepEd, DOLE, DOH, DILG, DA, DOJ, TESDA, NEDA, and NCIP signed the Joint Memorandum Circular (JMC) No. 1 on Guidelines in the Implementation of the HELP ME Convergence Program to Address Child Labor on January 7, 2016 at NEDA Pasig Building, Ortigas Center, Pasig City.


The 2011 National Survey on Children revealed that 3.312 million of 26.617 million children 5-17 years old are working children.  About 2.097 million children are engaged in child labor, of which 2.049 million work in hazardous labor.  Most child labor occurs in the informal sector, with approximately 58.4% working in agriculture, 34.6% in services, and 7% in industry.


Regions with the highest incidence of hazardous child labor were Central Luzon (10.5%), Bicol (10.4%), Western Visayas (8.2%), Northern Mindanao (8.5%), CALABARZON (8.3%), and Central Visayas (7.4%).

 

Top to Bottom from right to left:

Chairperson Leonor Oralde-Quintayo of NCIP; Executive Director Patricia B. Luna of Council for the Welfare of

Children (CWC); A/Sec. Ma. Monica P. Pagunsan of DOJ; Usec. Emerson Palad of DA, Usec; Austere Panadero of DILG;

Hon. Sec. Arsenio M. Balisacan of NEDA; Hon. Sec. Rosalinda Dimapilis-Baldoz of DOLE; Hon. Sec. Br. Armin Luistro of DepED;

Usec. Camilo Gudmalin of DSWD; Dir. Mario Baquilod of DOH; and, Exec. Dir. Marissa G. Legaspi of TESDA signing the JMC

Exec. Dir. Patricia Luna with Sec. Bro. Armin Luistro, CWC Deputy Director Atty. Marijoy Segui and Ms. Ma. Edna L. Estal

 

 


The HELP ME Convergence Program aims to implement a sustainable and response convergence program to address child labor in the Philippines by providing community-based, focused, converged and synchronized strategies to effectively address the child labor problem.


‘HELP ME’ stands for the following:  H – for health services and medical assistance; E -- for education and training; L – for livelihood opportunities to parents of child labourers; P – for prevention, protection and prosecution; M -- for monitoring; and, E – for evaluation.


The JMC shall serve as the basis of engagement of partner government agencies in the convergence of delivery of services in the implementation of the HELP ME Convergence Program, from the national and sub-national levels down to the barangay level.


The HELP ME Convergence Program will be implemented in all regions.  Priority for program convergence will be the DOLE’s target Child Labor-Free Barangays, households covered by the DSWD’s Pantawid Pamily Program and areas identified in the National Household Targeting System for Poverty Reduction (NHTS-PR) and the updated Philippine Development Plan.


The DOLE shall provide overall coordination of activities of HELP ME Convergence Program in the areas of policy, program and strategy formulation and implementation as well as in program monitoring and evaluation.  It shall promote expansion of the alliance towards extension of direct services such as, but not limited to, health, education, welfare and legal assistance to child labor victims and provision of viable economic opportunities to parents of child labourers.


Contact:

Ms. Ma. Edna L. Estal

Public Affairs Information Office

Tel. No. 7811039 local 1005

Last Updated on Friday, 22 January 2016 16:56
 
Appointment of new Executive Director and Deputy Executive Director PDF Print E-mail
Written by Public Affairs and Information Ofiice   
Friday, 22 January 2016 15:54

ADVISORY

 

CWC Has New ED and DED!

 

CWC Executive Director Patricia B. Luna and Deputy Executive Director Atty. Marijoy D. Segui take their Oath of Office with CWC Board Chairperson and DSWD Secretary Corazon Juliano “Dinky” Soliaman.

 


The Council for the Welfare of Children is pleased and honored to announce the appointments of Director Patricia B. Luna and Atty. Marijoy D. Segui as Executive Director and Deputy Executive Director IV, respectively. Director Luna was appointed on 16 June 2015 while Atty. Segui was appointed on 08 December 2015 by no less than His Excellency Pres. Benigno Simeon C, Aquino III.


Prior to their respective appointments, Director Luna served as Deputy Executive Director and as OIC-Executive Director of CWC. On the other hand, Atty. Segui previously worked as Graft Investigation Officer at the General Investigation Bureau-A, Field Investigation Office, Office of the Ombudsman, Quezon City and Attorney V at the Legal Service, DSWD Central Office, Quezon City.


Congratulations ED Pat and DED Atty. Joy, welcome to the CWC family!


CWC Secretariat

Last Updated on Friday, 22 January 2016 16:07
 
“Araw ng Kabataan” culminates National Children’s Month PDF Print E-mail
Written by PAIO   
Friday, 22 January 2016 15:39

 

The culminating activity of the 2015 National Children’s Month (NCM) dubbed as       the “Araw ng Kabataan” was conducted on November 21, 2015 at the Luneta Grandstand, Manila. The event was participated by over 5,000 participants composed of Guests and VIPs headed by DSWD Secretary Dinky Soliman, Usec. Parisya Taradji, Usec. Gio Tingson of the National Youth Commission, Executive Director Patricia Luna of the Council for the Welfare of Children, Parents from National Capital Region Pantawid Pamilya Pilipino Program, CWC delegates from Non-Government Organizations and NYC’s Youth delegates.


Some 3,500 parent-and child-beneficiaries of the Pantawid Pamilyang Pilipino Program and recipients of other child-focused services of the Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) gathered today at the Quirino Grandstand, Luneta Park, to celebrate “Araw ng Kabataan.”


“Araw ng Kabataan”  was organized by the DSWD together with its two attached agencies, the Council for the Welfare of Children (CWC) and the National Youth Commission (NYC), and is in line with the National Children’s Month Celebration this November with the theme, “Komunidad at Pamahalaan,Magkaisa; Pang-aabuso sa Bata, Wakasan Na!”


The DSWD supports House Bill No. 155 or the “Positive and Nonviolent Discipline of Children Act,” introduced by Representative Susan A. Yap.

DSWD Secretary Corazon Juliano-Soliman said that the event was a demonstration of the collaborative efforts of communities and the local and national governments to combat all forms of abuse and exploitation against children, and to create a friendly society where children can develop their full potential.


“Today is the day that communities and all levels of government join hands to secure the future of our children by advocating for the passage of policies and legislations, as well as by developing appropriate services that will nurture their talents and skills essential for them to become our future leaders,” Sec. Soliman stated.


Highlights of the event are the launching of the Story Book on Children and the awarding of the winners of the Pantawid Pamilya Exemplary Children and presentation of the results of the Barangay-based Talakayan and the Children’s Summit.


Also, DSWD in partnership with the Barangay Council for the Protection of Children (BCPC) in the different National Capital Region local government units, organized barangay fora that tackled responsible parenting and positive disciplining. Beneficiaries of Pantawid Pamilya and other families in the community participated in these events.

 

Contact:

Mr. Elino L Bardillon

Public Affairs Information Office

Council for the Welfare of Children

Telephone No. 7811039 local 1005

Last Updated on Friday, 22 January 2016 15:51
 
CWC Holds Showcase of Talents on Child Protection PDF Print E-mail
Written by PAIO   
Friday, 22 January 2016 15:33

Around 200 children attended and participated in the 23rd National Children’s Month Activity of the Council for the Welfare of Children entitled “Showcase of Talents on Child Protection” last November 27, 2015 at the Leandro Locsin Auditorium of the National Commission for Culture and the Arts.



NCCA, in behalf of its Executive Director Adelina M. Suemith provided a message of support to CWC in its advocacy for children’s rights and welfare. Various groups from non-government organizations and academe such as the Ramon Magsaysay High School Chorale, FCED Rondalla Group, Sun for All Badjao Dance Group and Next2Innocen Dance Crew performed for the audience. Another treat for the night was the raffle of different items sponsored by partners from the Department of Labor and Employment- Bureau of Workers with Special Concerns and Canon Philippines.

 

CWC OIC-Deputy Executive Director Grace Alejandrino thanked the audience and recapping the NCM Activities conducted by CWC. She emphasized that the showcase of talents is a form of expression for children and CWC believes that if a child’s potentials are developed, they would become productive citizens for the community.

 

The Showcase of Talents on Child Protection is part of the 23rd National Children’s Month celebrated this November pursuant to Republic Act 10661, series of 2015, otherwise known as the “National Children’s Month Act”. The new law commemorates the adoption of the Convention on the Rights of the Child by the United Nations General Assembly on November 20, 1989. Previously, the Philippines celebrated National Children’s Month on October of every year through Presidential Proclamation 267, series of 1993.

 


Contact:

Mr. Elino L Bardillon

Public Affairs Information Office

Council for the Welfare of Children

Telephone No. 7811039 local 1005

Last Updated on Friday, 22 January 2016 15:38
 
CWC and Robinsons Novaliches Launches the Dikit a Sticker on Child Safety Campaign PDF Print E-mail
Written by PAIO   
Friday, 22 January 2016 15:16

The Council for the Welfare of Children, in partnership with Robinsons Novaliches and leaders of transport groups in the Novaliches community has launched the Dikit a Sticker on Child Safety Campaign last November 13, 2015 at Robinsons Novaliches to raise awareness of transport drivers to exercise cautiousness especially when children on board. The sticker “Mama at Aleng Tsuper, Hawak mo ang buhay natin kaya pagmamaneho’y pag-igihin, Kaligtasan ng mga Bata ang isipin!” was posted at various vehicles such as tricycle, jeepneys, FX and van.

 

 


Advocating children’s rights and welfare, Robinsons Mall Operations Manager Catherine Alejandro welcomed the transport group representatives who served as audience in the program. Her message included Robinsons Mall’s pledge in continuing to become a child friendly establishment.


Mr. Romel Lansangan, Mr. Domingo Rivera, Mr. Bautista Catuloctocan, Mr. Enrique Buelva, Mr. Jorge Doroin, Mr. Angelito Gonzales and Mr. Jeus Villaruel, officials of different transport groups from MANIBELA Incorporated, Divine Operator Association, RBSJODA and NIDOA, routing the Novaliches area also expressed their support and noted the importance of practicing safe driving in the roads and vowed to lead their members in constantly reminding them of ensuring the safety of their passengers.


CWC Executive Director Patricia B. Luna, Ms. Catherine Alejandro and Robinsons Novaliches Mall Manager Engr. Ruel Bengzon, together with the transport group officials rounded the area and pasted the campaign sticker in the participating public utility vehicles. DSWD-SMS assisted in the photo and video coverages of NCM events.


Director Patricia Luna concluded the program by thanking the partners for their cooperation and support in ensuring a safe environment for children. She hoped that the campaign would instill the responsibility that the drivers have when they have children riding in their vehicles.


The event will be a continuing activity to be pursued for 2016 in other Robinsons Mall.


Contact:

Mr. Elino L Bardillon

Public Affairs Information Office

Council for the Welfare of Children

 

Telephone No. 7811039 local 1005

Last Updated on Friday, 22 January 2016 15:26
 
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