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To raise awareness on child protection and VAC


2017 National Children’s Month Highlights “Bata: Iligtas sa Droga!”

The Council for the Welfare of Children celebrates the 25th year of the National Children’s Month Celebration this year.

Republic Act No. 10661 declares every November as the National Children’s Month (NCM) with the Council for the Welfare of Children (CWC), Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) and the National Youth Commission (NYC) as lead agencies.

It is also a commemoration of the adoption of the Convention on the Rights of the Child by the United Nations General Assembly on 20 November 1989.

CWC enjoins everyone in its meaningful celebration through the conduct of activities aligned with the theme “Bata: Iligtas sa Droga!” in support to the administration’s campaign against illegal drugs.

To further campaign for this advocacy, CWC has lined-up several activities for this year’s NCM Celebration.

One of its major activities is the launching of the “Pito, Bata, Pito! A Call 4 Help Campaign (C4H)”, an initiative of the Council for the Welfare of Children (CWC) in partnership with Rotary Club International District 3810 on November 6, 2017.

The “Pito, Bata, Pito!- A Call 4 Help (C4H)”, the whistle or ‘pito’ symbolizes the children’s  call for support, help and immediate response in times of  threat or danger brought about by violence or any emergency situation. It also symbolizes inclusivity for all children regardless of sex, gender, religion, ethnicity, and political affiliation. Even children with disabilities can use it easily as a means of communication when feeling threatened or harmed. It can give them security and comfort having one.

The “Pito, Bata, Pito!- A Call 4 Help (C4H)” seeks to give children a voice from being victims of various crimes specifically on illegal drugs, all forms of violence and  exploitation. It is okay to blow their ‘whistles’ or ‘pitos’ whenever they feel in danger and unsafe.

Due to the recent increase in the number of children falling victims of illegal drug trade and other forms of violence in the country, the Council sees the need to launch this campaign for children to be equipped in protecting themselves.

It calls on the authorities and the citizens to act and engage proactively in working together in protecting and advancing the rights and welfare of children.

This campaign will gather donations (monetary or in kind) for whistles until the end of 2017 in partnership with the Rotary Club of Pasay Cyber City. CWC will be aiming for One Million (1M) whistles that will be given to different kids across the nation by Christmas Season.

Another major activity is the conduct of the Presidential Award for Child-Friendly Municipalities and Cities which is done annually.  This is a recognition and incentive system which is given to the different Municipalities and Cities which has garnered the highest rating in their different plans, programs, policies and implementation of child-friendly projects in different sectors such as education, health, resource mobilization, policy and planning process and project implementation. It is also a strategy to advocate and monitor the implementation of the Convention on the Rights of the Child at the local level.


For this year, five (5) Cities and Municipalities will be awarded as the “Most Child-Friendly” LGU. The national awardees will be given with a presidential trophy and a cash prize of Php 500,000.00 for each income class category: 1st -3rd Class Municipalities,  4th to 6th Class Municipalities, Component Cities, Independent Component Cities, and Highly Urbanized Cities.


A Dikit-a-Sticker Campaign on road safety and anti-illegal drugs will also be done with the transport groups and a Kids Festival will also be conducted by mid-November to raise the awareness of children on relevant issues affecting them.

 

Our regional counterparts will also conduct their own NCM celebration for the whole month of November.

 

 

For inquiries, please contact the Public Affairs and Information Office at 7811039 local 1005/1006 or email This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it .
You may also visit CWC‟s website at www.cwc.gov.ph, Facebook Page: /CWCgovph and Twitter Page:@CWC_govph

 

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“BATA: Iligtas sa Droga!” as the  2017  National Children’s Month Theme


The Council for the Welfare of Children (CWC) enjoins the support of member agencies, partners and stakeholders for a meaningful  celebration of the National Children’s Month celebration  through the conduct of activities aligned with  its theme for 2017,  Bata: Iligtas sa Droga! This theme  which was approved by the CWC Board on 31 July 2017 is in support to the administration’s fight against illegal drugs.


Republic Act No. 10661 declares the month of November of every year as National Children’s Month (NCM).  This declaration commemorates the adoption of the Convention on the Rights of the Child by the United Nations General Assembly on       20 November 1989, and seeks to instill its significance in the Filipino consciousness.


CWC has ongoing discussion with the Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) and the National Youth Commission (NYC) as co-lead agencies in the preparation for this year’s celebration.  Based on the R.A., they are authorized to call upon any department, bureau, office, agency, or instrumentality of the government including government-owned or controlled corporations, for any assistance as may be needed in the discharge of the tasks.


Hereunder is the poster/logo design for this year’s  NCM celebration for sharing nationwide. Click here to download 25th NCM Poster


For inquiries, pls. contact:

Public Affairs Information Office

Tel. No. 7408864 loc. 2005/2006

 

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Friday, 29 September 2017 15:11

 

 

2017 National Family Week Celebration


25th National Family Week

 

The Council for the Welfare of Children supports the 2017 (Silver Anniversary) National Family Week Celebration with the theme “25th National Family Week:  Tungo sa Maginhawa, Matatag at Panatag na Pamilyang Pilipino”.  Family Week is observed during the last week of September of every year by virtue of Proclamation No. 60, s. of 1992, which aimed to recognize the sanctity of family life and to protect and strengthen the family as a basic autonomous social institution as well as the foundation of the nation as well as to call public attention and ensure nationwide awareness of the importance of the family.


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Last Updated on Friday, 29 September 2017 15:38
 
CWC Statement On Maute: Children Involved in Armed Conflict

Press release

 

The Council for the Welfare of Children (CWC) condemns in the strongest possible terms the recruitment and use of children as combatants of war. This action by the Maute-Isis Group is a clear grave child rights violation.


"Children are zones of peace. This is what our law states. Dapat walang batang nadadamay sa kaguluhan" says Exec. Dir. Mitch Cajayon-Uy. (Article 10 of R.A. 7610 )


The Philippines as a State Party to the UN Convention on the Rights of the Child prohibits the recruitment of children in armed conflict and calls for the adoption of feasible measures to ensure protection and care of children who are affected by armed conflict.


We call on the Maute Isis Group to adhere to the law. We demand the Maute-Isis Group to release these children and let them grow in a proper and safe environment--free from violence.

 

We also call on our troops to practice maximum tolerance and double its efforts to protect and rescue the children involved.

 

https://www.facebook.com/CWCgovph/posts/1348107121979290

 

Sharing the GMA news story:

http://www.gmanetwork.com/news/news/nation/624257/desperate-maute-group-may-send-kids-to-fight-in-the-front-line-afp/story/

 
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Press Release

22 August 2017

CWC condemns killing of Kian Loyd Delos Santos


The Council for the Welfare of Children (CWC) strongly condemns the ruthless killing of Kian Loyd Delos Santos, a 17-year-old Grade 11 student, who was allegedly shot in Brgy. 163 Sta. Quiteria, Caloocan City, by police officers in their anti-illegal drug operations on August 16, 2017.

CWC Executive Director Mitch Cajayon-Uy reiterates Article 40 of the United Nations Convention on the Rights of the Child (UN CRC) which states that “any child below 18 years of age, alleged or accused of infringing penal law has the right to be presumed innocent until proven guilty. They should be treated in a manner consistent with the promotion of the child’s sense of dignity and worth.”

“Whatever may have been the status of a child, he or she must be given due process, and his or her rights must be upheld,” CWC Executive Director Mitch Cajayon-Uy emphasized.

Under Republic Act (R.A.) 9344 or the Juvenile Justice and Welfare Act, children in conflict with the law (CICL) also have rights and interests which should be protected. The same law sets out the appropriate treatment for CICL which is entirely different from adults who committed crimes.

“Children are being taken advantage of their age in terms of criminal liability, thus they are prone to being used as channels for crimes,” she added.

Executive Director Mitch Cajayon-Uy also pointed out that, “the fact that Kian exclaimed that he has an exam the following day, should already have given an impression to the police that he might still be a minor.”

CWC acknowledges that there may be discrete entrapment operations done by the police. However, CWC strongly urges the law enforcement, particularly the Philippine National Police, to act upon the existing Manual in Handling Cases of Children at Risk and Children in Conflict with the Law that states that the “Police officers shall take note that the physical custody of the child shall be turned over to the appropriate persons or agencies, within eight hours after initial contact.” Notably, this Manual was created to accord the protection of children from incidences of violence, abuse and exploitation.


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