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March 17, 2017

13th Women with Disabilities Day Celebration

Babaeng Maykapansanan, Manguna at Manindigan Tungo sa Pagbabago,” serves as the theme for the 13th Women with Disabilities Day which will be celebrated on March 28, 2017 at the Philippine Arena, Ciudad de Victoria, Bocaue, Bulacan.


This year’s theme promotes the capacity of women with disabilities to lead and urge for societal reforms to advance their full participation in the country.


Proclamation No. 744 issued on December 06, 2004 declares the last Monday of March every year as Women with Disabilities Day which is led by the National Council on Disability Affairs (NCDA). This year, NCDA and the Department of Justice (DOJ) as the Chair of the National Working Committee for the Women with Disabilities Day is spearheading the celebration.


The highlight activities for the event are as follows:


1.1. Booths on information, services and trainings offered by national government agencies and non-government organizations such as Legal Counselling by DOJ, Business Registration Orientation by the Department of Trade and Industry and Blind Masseurs from the National Vocational and Rehabilitation Center among others;

2.2. Trade Fairs and Bazaars showcasing products made by PWDs particularly, women with disabilities;

3.3.  Cultural presentations from PWDs (e.g. The Singing Divas, Philippine School for the Deaf Dancerama Troupe- The New Generation, Mabalacat, Mariveles PWD Movers); and

4.4. Testimonies from exceptional women with disabilities.


Among the invited government officials as Guests of Honor are President Rodrigo Duterte, DOJ Secretary Vitaliano Aguirre II and Department of Social Welfare and Development Secretary Judy M. Taguiwalo.


Moreover, Ms. Marian Rivera Dantes as the Ambassadress for Women and Children with Disabilities is expected to deliver an inspirational message for the grand event.


Persons with disabilities (PWDs), particularly women with disabilities and advocates alike are invited to attend and support the celebration.

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Date Release:  9 February 2017


CWC supports Adoption Consciousness 2017:

#AdoptionisLove



Out of 5,695 children declared as legally available for adoption (CY 2009-as of January 17, 2017), only 1,409 children were placed-out for domestic adoption (Source:  DSWD-Protective Services Bureau).   The data reveals that there is a high number of neglected/abandoned children in centers/institutions waiting to be adopted.  Other than this growing data, issues such as public’s perception on adoption, lack of interest of families to adopt and the discrimination experienced by adopted children should likewise be addressed (Source:  DSWD).


One of the key strategies in addressing the issues is to have a massive advocacy campaign supported by the different institutions in the government, private/non-government organizations and international organizations on the observance of Adoption Consciousness Day.


Presidential Proclamation No. 72 signed on February 3, 1999 by the former Hon. President Ejercito Estrada stipulated the observance of Adoption Consciousness Day to call for public attention and ensure nationwide awareness on legal adoption of surrendered, orphaned, abandoned, and neglected Filipino children in need of permanent home.

 


For this year, the annual celebration will be held from February 11-19, 2017 with the theme:Pagmamahal Palaganapin, Legal na Pag-aampon Ating Gawin! (Spread Unconditional Love Through Legal Adoption). The theme promoted the legal adoption as an expression of unconditional love and support to abandoned, neglected and surrendered children. It also calls for actions to the public to do the legal adoption process and encourages the families with children directly entrusted to them to legalize the adoption of the said child.


Primary objectives are:  1)  to disseminate basic information about legal adoption including the adoption process, documentary requirements, procedures and the benefits and effects of adoption to the public; 2)  to educate the public on the legal process of adoption that may lead to applicants for domestic adoptions or inquiries on adoption and other forms of alternative family care; 3)  to respond to inquiries of the public on adoption and other forms of alternative family care thru Adoption Help Desks; 4)  to provide program orientation on adoption and foster care laws and guidelines to the officials and staff of DILG; and, 4)  to gather the adoptive families of Kaisahang Buhay Foundation (KBF), NORFIL Foundation, Inc. and Field Office NCR, IV-CALABARZON and IV-MIMAROPA and initiate organizing an interregional support group and network of adoptive families.


The following activities for the celebration are:  1)  Kick-off:  A Walk for Legal Adoption along Quezon City Circle, followed by a programme featuring the talents of adopted children Walk for Legal Adoption and Press Conference on February 11, 2017 at Quezon City Memorial Circle, Quezon City.  The Programme will be followed with a Press Conference with DSWD Secretary Judy M. Taguiwalo and an adoptive family as panelists; 2)  Setting up of Adoption Help Desks in DSWD Central Office and other partner government agencies such as Department of the Interior and Local Governance, Department of Health and Department of Education; 3)  Setting up of Adoption Help Desks with partner malls such as Ayala Malls, Festival Mall and selected SM Malls nationwide on February 18-19, 2017; and 4)  Conduct of Adoption Forum in DILG Main Office on February 17, 2017 at DILG Training Room, Napolcom Center, Quezon City.



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Date Release:  9 February 2017

2017 Angels Walk for Persons with ASD

About 24,000 people participated in the 2017 Angels Walk in observance of the 21st National Autism Consciousness Week (NACW) conducted on 5 February 2017 at SM Mall of Asia Arena, Pasay City.  The theme for this year is “Onwards to An Autism-Ok ASEAN”.

The Council for the Welfare of Children (CWC) supports the campaign believing

that a disabled child has the right to special care, education and training to help

him or her enjoy a full and decent life in dignity and achieve   the greatest

degree of self-reliance and social integration possible (source:  CRC).

Photo Caption  :from the right, DSWD                                             Photo Caption:  ASD performers                                Photo Caption:  CWC Personnel

Usec Ma. LourdesTuralde-Jarabe,

NCDA Acting Dir. Carmen Zubiaga with

the new national Trustees of the ASP

The event aimed for greater attention and assistance to the condition of Persons with Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) globally which led to the participation of the ASEAN Heads of delegation namely HE DR. AKP Mochtan, Dep Sec. Gen. ASEAN; Mr. Akiie Ninomiya, Executive Director of APCD; Mr. Rizaany Irwan Muhammad Mazlan, Counsellor, Embassy of Malaysia; and, Ms. Feilina Feisol, Chairperson, National Autism Society of Malaysia.


Globally, autism is estimated to affect 21.7 million people as of 2013. As of 2010, the number of people affected is estimated at about 1–2 per 1,000 worldwide. It occurs four to five times more often in boys than girls. About 1.5% of children in the United States (one in 68) are diagnosed with Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) as of 2014, a 30% increase from one in 88 in 2012. The rate of autism among adults aged 18 years and over in the United Kingdom is 1.1%. The number of people diagnosed has been increasing dramatically since the 1980s, partly due to changes in diagnostic practice and government-subsidized financial incentives for named diagnoses (source:  Wikipedia).


In the Philippines, estimated cases of autism rose from 500,000 in 2008 to one million people at present, the number could be much higher since there are still a lot of areas in the Philippines not covered.  Health experts have attributed the increase to better detection methods, but genetics and environmental factors could also be among the causes (Source:  Philippine Star).


The above data revealed that the number of people with autism spectrum disorder (ASD) in the Philippines and other countries worldwide has almost doubled in the past six years and the number is still rising.


The event was attended by the Philippine delegations namely Cong. Yeddah Marie Romualdez, Legislator, Tacloban House of Rep.; Mr. Martin Romualdez among the Legislative Sponsors of R.A. 10754; Cong Emi Calixto-Rubiano, Legislator, Pasay House of Rep.; Ms. Carmen Zubiaga, Acting Exec. Dir. of NCDA; Ms. Hellen De La Vega, Asst. Sec., Office of ASEAN Affairs, DFA; DSWD Usec Ma. Lourdes Turalde-Jarabe, Office of the Undersecretary for Operations and Programs (promotive); Mr. Hans T. Sy Chairman of the Exec. Com. SM Prime Holdings, Inc.; Mr. Jeffrey C, Lim, President of SM Prime Holdings, Inc.; and Ms. Anna Maria S. Garcia, President of SM Supermalls.


Activities highlighted were the singing of the Philippine National Anthem inspired by ASP’s call for an Autism-OK Philippines, Praise Song led by Nica Escasinas, AOK-Talent Showcase, ASP Autism Angel Achievement Awards to Ms. Vell Baria, Induction of New National Trustees of the ASP, Mixed Fit Warm-UP led by Ms. Dona Lima, Opening Salvo rendered by NU Pep Squad, 4-time UAAP Cheerdance Champions, Welcome Message of Ms. Dang Koe, Chair, ASEAN Autism Network and the Autism Society Philippines and Engr. Bien Mateo, Director for the SM Cares PWD Program, Ms. Mona Magno-Veluz, National President, ASP, Angel Diva (a special performance from Ms. Regine Velasquez), and Angelic Messages from the International and Diplomatic Community, government agencies, and private sector leadership and the finale, which is the Parade Walk from the Mall of Asia Arena to the Music Hall.

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28 December 2016

Launch of the National Baseline Study on Violence Against Children

The results of the first ever National Baseline Study on Violence Against Children (NBS-VAC) in the Philippines was officially launched on 06 December 2016 in Manila Hotel led by the Council for the Welfare of Children (CWC) and United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF) with their partners from government agencies and non-government organizations.

 


Photo caption: (L-R) CWC Director Patricia Luna , Christian Saludar (Child Representative), UNICEF Philippines Representative Lotta Sylwander, DSWD Secretary Judy Taguiwalo, Child Protection Network Director Dr. Bernadette Madrid and Professor Laurie Ramiro of UP Manila. Retrieved from INQUIRER.net.


The Government of the Philippines through the CWC in collaboration with UNICEF,  Department of Health, University of the Philippines Manila and Consuelo Alger Zobel Foundation conducted a  nationwide study among 3,866 children and youth aged 13-24 years old that provides information on the prevalence and various forms of violence against children in the country.

The study revealed that:

- 80% of children and youth experienced  some form of violence in their lifetime, whether in the home, school, workplace or community, with boys at 81.5% and girls, 78.4%.

- 1 in 3 children experiences physical violence, with more than half of this happening at home

- Most common cases of violence at home are corporal punishment committed by parents and siblings

- 3 in 5 children experience psychological violence; in the form of verbal abuse, threats or neglect

- 1 in 5 children below age 18 have experienced sexual violence while growing up

- Common perpetrators of sexual violence are brothers or cousins. Among males who experienced sexual violence, frequent perpetrators are cousins, fathers and brothers.

- Nearly half of children experience violence online, whether sexual violence or cyber-bullying

Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) Secretary and CWC Chairperson Judy Taguiwalo urged the community to report cases of violence against children and the government to use the results of the research as “the data will be significantly useful if translated into action,” she said.

CWC Executive Director Patricia B. Luna on the other hand highlighted the crafting of a multi-sectoral Philippine National Plan of Action on VAC (NPA-VAC), as a response to the results of the study. The plan will integrate the VAC results into the 3rd National Plan of Action for Children (NPAC) from 2017-2022.  Moreover, Director Luna enjoined everyone present - the government agencies, NGOs, faith-based organizations, academe, civil society, media and the children and youth to participate and support the campaign to end VAC in the Philippines.

The NPA-VAC as presented by DSWD Undersecretary Mae Fe Ancheta-Templa, will address the cause of violence in the Philippines as it will converge the commitment of government and other stakeholders.

The formal launch mainly featured the multi-sectoral Declaration of Commitment to End Violence Against Children in the Philippines, from the officials and representatives of government agencies, NGOs, UN organization, academe, faith-based organization and by children themselves.

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02 February 2017

Observance of the 21st Child Sexual Abuse Awareness Week

 

 

 

In celebration of the annual National Awareness Week for the Prevention of Child Sexual Abuse and Exploitation or the Child Sexual Abuse Awareness Week (CSAAW), the Council for the Welfare of Children and its partner agencies launch this year’s 21st observance with the theme “WE ARE THE SOLUTION.”

Presidential Proclamation No. 731 series of 1996 declares the 2nd week of February each year as the National Awareness Week for the Prevention of Child Sexual Abuse and Exploitation.

This year’s theme emphasizes the significance of “We” which pertains to the convergence of efforts from every individual in the community in ending child sexual abuse.

The number of reported child-abuse cases served by DSWD accounted sexually-abused and sexually-exploited children as the leading cases in the country through the following data.

 

Year

Total Number of Child Abuse Cases served

Sexually-Abused

2012

5,555

1,378 (25%)

2013

5, 006

1,246 (25%)

2014

4, 873

1,172 (24%)

2015

4,374

1,147 (26%)

(Source: DSWD Policy Development and Planning Bureau)

Data from the DSWD Reported Child Abuse Cases served showed a 21% (1,181) reduction of child abuse cases from 2012 - 2015. The reduction can be attributed to the increase awareness of the public and community on the consequences and/or penalty on child abuse specifically sexual abuse cases.

Further, the National Baseline Study on Violence Against Children (NBS-VAC) revealed that 1 in 5 children aged 13 - <18 years old have experienced sexual violence while growing up. It has been identified that among males who experienced sexual violence, the frequent perpetrators are cousins, fathers and brothers; nearly half of children experience violence online, whether sexual violence or cyber-bullying.

To further intensify public awareness on child sexual abuse and exploitation, below are the tentative line of activities for the observance of the national CSAAW:

1. Break the Silence (BTS) National Network Launch: The BTS Launch serves as the Kick-off activity for the CSAAW week which will be conducted in 06 February 2017/ 1 PM at the Philippine Christian University Auditorium, Taft Avenue, Manila;

2. Roundtable Discussion with Quezon City Family Court Judges and Prosecutors on the Kids and Teens Court Awareness Program: CPTSCA will share the outcome of the Kids and Teens Court Awareness Program on 06 February 2017/ 1-5 pm at the Hive Hotel, Quezon City; and

3. Fun and Learning Day with Children with Ateneo ECPAT: This activity will be conducted on 11 February 2017.

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