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Press Release

April 4, 2016

End Violence against Children!


As part of the global initiatives to end Violence Against Children (VAC), a research forum entitled “Boy & Girls At Risk” in conjunction with the first ever national baseline study on the magnitude and extent of VAC in the county (Philippines) was conducted on March 31-April 1, 2016 in Manila Hotel.  The Council for the Welfare of Children organized the activity in collaboration with UNICEF Manila, Consuelo Zobel Alger Foundation, University of the Philippines-National Institutes of Health/Institute of Health Policy and Development Studies and Child Protection Network.


One hundred eighty (180) people participated in the forum from different fields of profession composed of national government agencies, non-government organizations, and academe together with DSWD Hon. Sec. Corazon Juliano- Soliman, Executive Director Patricia B. Luna and Deputy Executive Director Atty. Marijoy Segui, UNICEF Country Representative Lotta Sylwander, Mr. Stephen Blight of UNICEF-EAPRO.


DSWD Secretary Dinky Soliman said that the NBS-VAC provides an opportunity to have a better grasp of the situation of children vulnerable to abuse and ensures that the response provided to them is appropriate and timely.  She quoted that there is an African adage that goes, “It takes a village to raise a child.” With this launch, we are reaffirming that sense of community. We are one village raising our children in a society that values them, cares for them, and loves them – because a community that values and cares for its children instills confidence and caring in them that will enable them to participate in the same community and help shape its values towards building a better and stronger nation.


The highlight of the forum is the presentation of the preliminary result of the Philippine VAC Study with emphasis on Boys and Girls at Risk by UP-Manila Prof. Laurie Ramiro, which aimed to obtain a national estimate of the prevalence of various forms of VAC in the country and to gather information on the status of child protection in local government units in terms of resources and prevention readiness. The study covered a total of 172 barangays nationwide, with a final sample size of 4,283 sample size consisting of 13 – 24 years old respondents. The overall study design for quantitative research is prevalence study and for qualitative research is the community stakeholder’s study and the methodology used is the concurrent mixed design.  The data collection for the study was completed in August 2015 and preliminary results/findings were shared during the Ako para sa Bata, The International Conference last December 1-2, 2015 in Cebu City.


Relevant presentations by experts ensued during the first day.  Among the topics discussed were as follows: Philippine Systematic Literature Review on VAC by Dr. Bernadette Madrid; Corporal Punishment by Prof. Lianne Alampay; Trust, Power, and Violence by Dr. Elizabeth de Castro; Culture and Violence by Dr. Michael Tan; Masculinity:  What do Filipino boys learn? by Mr. Jay Yacat; and, The Role of Gender in Violence by Prof. Carol Sobritchea.


For the second day, presentations discussed were equally interesting and important namely:  VAC and the exploitation and Abuse of Children Online by Ms. Marie-Laure Lemineur; VAC and Child Online Protection by Ms. Sarah Norton-Staal; Engaging community in child sexual abuse prevention online and offline by Afrooz Kaviani  Johnson; Building Capacity/Skills for Prevention and Response by Ms. Stephanie McCourt; Legislation and Policy Opportunities within VAC Interventions to Prevent VAC using Advocacy and Policy by Ms. Wilma Banaga; Philippine Age of Sexual Consent/Statutory Rape by Dean Sedfrey Candelaria; Understanding Filipino Family Norms by Prof. Belen Medina; Migration Orphans by Dr. Norietta Balderrama; Parenting Filipno Children Under Stress by Dr. Lourdes Carandang; Interventions to Prevent Violence Strategies to Prevent Child Maltreatment by Dr. Susan Mercado; Family Development Session and Child Protection by Dir. Leonardo C. Reynoso; Poverty, Social Protection and Equity by UP Vice Chancellor Nymia Simbulan.


To conclude the two-day research forum, CWC Executive Director Luna captured the attention of the participants by providing the challenges, recommendations and next steps to take from this forum.  The preliminary result of the VAC study is just the beginning of more tedious works ahead of us.  Our participation in the forthcoming International and Local activities such as: Knowledge Exchange on Effective Strategies for Violence Prevention in Kuala Lumpur in November 2016; Asia VAC Meeting in Beijing on  26-27 April 2016; National Children’s Conference, Summit; National & Regional dissemination of the NBS-VAC result; Conduct workshops fora to review and respond to results VAC through development of multi-sectoral response plan and the launch of the NBS-VAC on October 7, 2016 are all geared towards making our country VAC free.

 

“We need to act, STOP Violence Against Children NOW!”

 
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01 April 2016

CWC CELEBRATED 2016 NATIONAL WOMEN’S MONTH

The Council for the Welfare of Children (CWC) lined up a series of activities for the CWC staff in celebration of the 2016 National Women’s Month which is celebrated every March.

The theme for this year’s celebration is entitled “Kapakanan ni Juana, Isama sa Agenda! which calls for a gender-balanced leadership roles in the public and private sector and the inclusion of women’s concerns in the government’s development agenda.

A film showing was conducted in CWC on March 07, 2016 which presents “Mga Kwentong Barbero” starring Ms. Eugene Domingo as Marilou, who, as a widow, took on his late husband’s job as a barber and took over his barber shop. The film depicts themes on gender roles and sisterhood; it shows how Marilou endured gender discrimination together with the support of her female friends as they face an unsettling situation with the rebel insurgents during the Marcos era.

Last March 14, 2016, the CWC staff got hyped up in the morning with its Wellness Zumba Session which was led by Zumba instructor, Mr. Jonnifer Lacorte. For the afternoon activity, an Orientation on Women and Nutrition was discussed by the resource person, Mr. Kelvin Esposo, Nutrition Officer II of the National Nutrition Council.

A one-day forum on Sexual Orientation and Gender Identity Expression (SOGIE) was also conducted on March 28, 2016 at the CWC Building which was attended by CWC staff and representatives from partner agencies including the National Youth Commission (NYC), Department of Justice (DOJ) Communications Division, Kaisahang Buhay Foundation (KBF), National Nutrition Council (NNC), Juvenile Justice and Welfare Council (JJWC), and the National Center for Metal Health (NCMH). The forum was also graced by Mr. Jaime Antonio, Jr. from the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) who served as the resource person for the forum.

The SOGIE forum aims to: 1) Share basic concepts on SOGIE; 2) Discuss SOGIE in relation to particular experiences and workplace assignments; and 3) Determine ways and means to stop discrimination on the basis of SOGIE.

The CWC staff also had the chance to avail a therapeutic massage which they availed individually on spas and salon which offers such services.

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Celaine Cabrera

Public Affairs Information Office

Council for the Welfare of Children

Telephone No.: 7811039 local 1005

 

 
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Tuesday, 22 March 2016 17:44

18 March 2016


CWC Conducts Orientation cum Work planning for the Newly-Hired RC/SCWC Technical Staff

The new directions and organizational transformation being instituted by CWC towards its  goal of   becoming  “the recognized lead advocate and monitoring body for child rights” requires the strengthening of  the RC/SCWCs as CWC's major arm/structure at the sub-national level and as the critical link between the national and local government for children's concerns.

 


CWC Deputy Executive Director, Atty. Marijoy D. Segui delivering her welcome remarks (Upper portion); Ms. Grace Alejandrino of the Policy and Planning Division of the CWC discussing the Thrust/Directions and Strategic Goals of the CWC (Lower left); and The RC/SCWC Technical Staff and the CWC staff taking a pose at the CWC (Lower right).

Given that CWC has no regional offices, the most that it can do in the meantime, is to hire a technical staff whose primary function is to act as the RC/SCWC Secretariat and assist the RC/SCWC perform its functions most importantly in the implementation of its planned activities.

For 2016, the Department of Budget and Management (DBM) finally approved the budget allocation for the salaries of RC/SCWC Technical staff in all seventeen (17) RC/SCWCs.

The newly-hired Technical Staff for the Regional Committee/Sub-Committee for the Welfare of Children (RC/SCWC) participated in the two and a half day orientation cum workplanning conducted by the Council for the Welfare of Children (CWC) on March 8-10, 2016.  The activity was conducted at the Hive Hotel and Convention Place, Quezon City.

The orientation covers CWC mandate, vision mission, the basics on CWC's framework for a Child-Friendly Philippines which include the United Nations Convention on the Rights of the Child (UN-CRC), National Plan of Action for Children among others.

Most importantly, the RC/SCWC Technical Staff were oriented on the RC/SCWC roles and functions and its functionality indicators and were clarified on their critical roles as

RC/SCWC Technical Staff.

As expected, the RC/SCWC Technical Staff came up with their respective workplans based on the 2016 Work and Financial Plan and Indicative Plans developed by during the Chairpersons and Members' Cluster Conference in 2015.

All the RC/SCWC Technical Staff visited CWC office and had some time for interaction with the other CWC staff as part of the activity.

With this development, CWC looks forward to the increased functionality of the RC/SCWCs in promoting and protecting child rights thereby pursuing our goal of achieving a "Child-Friendly Philippines.”

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Flordeliza Gultiano

Monitoing and Evaluation Division

Council for the Welfare of Children

Telephone No.: 7811039 local 2006

 
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Tuesday, 22 March 2016 18:10

22 March 2016

CWC CONDUCTS BRANDING AND ADVOCACY SESSION

The Council for the Welfare of Children (CWC) conducted its Branding and Advocacy Session last March 21, 2016 at the Bellevue Hotel, Quezon City.

The Branding and Advocacy Session was attended by the CWC staff, Deputy Executive Director (DED) Atty. Marijoy D. Segui, and Mr. Nurveyev “Wowie” de Leon as the resource person for the event.

The aim of the activity is to address the need for stronger visibility and presence of the CWC.

 


The CWC Staff together with DED Atty. Marijoy Segui and Mr. de Leon (Upper portion); Mr. de Leon discussing Branding and Imaging to the participants (Lower left); and DED Atty. Marijoy Segui delivering her inspirational message (Lower right).

The morning session began with the introduction of participants and expectation setting. Mr. de Leon started by reviewing the advocacy activities of the CWC. Having gone through different milestones for 41 years, the CWC still aims to attain a high level of awareness and regard to the public.

He gave an insightful discussion on the need to promote brand and image, reiterating that garnering positive public opinion makes the institution relevant. Consequently, the CWC could create a leverage for the fulfillment of its mandate and agenda, he said.

For the afternoon session, Mr. de Leon and the participants focused on imaging planning for the CWC. The aim of the session is to formulate the Communication Plan to build and promote the CWC brand. Various strategies were raised and implementation methods were discussed.

After a series of brainstorming, the CWC came up with a new tagline “CWC, Making Things Happen for Children” which will be used in its various advocacy campaign.

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Celaine Cabrera

Public Affairs Information Office

Council for the Welfare of Children

Telephone No.: 7811039 local 1005

 

 
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Wednesday, 02 March 2016 17:36

17 February 2016

17TH ADOPTION CONSCIOUSNESS CELEBRATION PRESS CONFERENCE

The Council for the Welfare of Children and other partner agencies of the Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) took part in the Press Conference and Photo Exhibit on Adoption as the launching event on the 2016 Adoption Consciousness Week last  February 15, 2016 (Monday) held at the Philippine Information Agency Auditorium.

The event is in annual observance of the Adoption Consciousness Celebration, as mandated in Proclamation No. 72 signed on 3 February 1999 by then former Hon. President Joseph Ejercito Estrada. The theme for this year’s Adoption Consciousness Week Celebration is entitled “Legal na Ampon Ako: Anak na Totoo” with English caption of “A Child Finds Worth in Legal Adoption” which is also the continuing theme for the 2015 celebration. The Adoption Consciousness Celebration will run from February 15- 21 2016.


Director Rosalie D. Dagulo, OIC- Assistant Bureau Director of the DSWD- Protective Services Bureau gave the opening remark on the Adoption Consciousness Celebration. Director Dagulo highlighted the successful partnership that was established between the DSWD, the Department of Interior and Local Government (DILG), the Department of Education (DepEd), and the Department of Health (DoH), Non-Government Organizations (NGOs), and other adoption stakeholders. Through the initiatives of the stakeholders, the DSWD foresees more individuals reaching out to local government offices and field offices asking about parental care. Furthermore, the role of the media was also accentuated as it conducted several consultations with the DSWD in conceptualizing some of their stories for the past few years.  The role of the media is crucial in giving out the correct information to be received by the public.

Adoptive Family from Kaisahang Buhay Foundation, Mrs. Melissa Moran and her daughter Ms. Carissa Moran shared their journey as a family. They both mentioned how tedious yet worthwhile it is as they went through the legal adoption process. Ms. Carissa revealed how being told about the truth of her adoption at the age of 3 years old never became an issue in her life while growing up.

Ms. Bea Marie Palace, an adoptee from the Norfil Foundation also shared her experience after learning that she was adopted. It was out of curiosity that Ms. Bea came to learn about it because she, too, never felt like she was adopted at all. She  recalled how it was hard for her and for her parents when she started to open-up and ask questions about her biological parents, yet they eventually accepted the idea that she’s longing to find her roots. Luckily, Norfil Foundation helped her contact her mom which was reported to be in Naga last year.

Director Pacita Sarino, the Bureau Director of the DSWD- Protective Services Bureau delivered the message for Undersecretary Vilma B. Cabrera. Usec. Cabrera’s message underscores how DSWD ensures that the poor, vulnerable, and the disadvantaged people are empowered for an improved quality of life. Usec. Cabrera’s message also noted with deep appreciation the presence and cooperation of its partner agencies such as the Norfil Foundation, Kaisang Buhay Foundation, Adoptive Families Foundation, Foster Adopt Support Group, Association of Child Care Agencies of the Philippines, Inter-Country Adoption Board representatives, the Council for the Welfare of Children  (CWC), staff of DSWD field offices, the Department of Interior and Local Government, and the Metropolitan Manila Development Authority (MMDA).

The invited media partners, panelists from DSWD, selected adoptive families/adult adoptees and other agencies actively participated in the Open Forum.

For the second part of the event, Director Sarino participated in the ribbon cutting together with Director Dagulo for the opening and viewing of the photo exhibit.

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