20th National Awareness Week for the Prevention of Child Sexual Abuse and Exploitation PDF Print E-mail
Written by PAIO   
Tuesday, 09 February 2016 15:23

Press Release

01 February 2016

20th National Awareness Week for the Prevention

of Child Sexual Abuse and Exploitation



The Council for the Welfare of Children enjoin the nation to be one in combating child abuse. This is 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)". This years’ observance will be on February 8-13, 2016 with the theme I AM THE SOLUTION!”. The theme engages every individual to create change in their communities to make a meaningful impact on sexual violence.

Based on the DSWD child abuse preliminary report as of January 2015, a total of 1,319 or 29% sexually abused and exploited children from 5,526 cases were served by the Department for CY 2015.  For the last three years (2012-2014), sexually abused and exploited children remains second in rank with the highest number of the different types of child abuse cases served by the DSWD.

The following activities will strengthen the promotion of the right of the child towards a Child-Friendly Philippines:  A Caring and Protective Society for, by and with the Children.

a) CSAAW Kick-Off Program with Director Pacita Sarino of DSWD – Protective Services Bureau and Mayor Herbert Bautista on February 8, 2016 at 9:00AM - 4:00PM at the Liwasang Aurora, Quezon City Circle, Quezon City with target participants of 600 children ages 10 up, youth, parents and officials from the Quezon City, National Agencies, Non-Government Organization. The objective is to reach the concerned agencies and the general public on protecting children from sexual abuse and commercial sexual exploitation. This will be highlighted with the video campaign about individual and stakeholder/s expression of commitment and support to end sexual abuse among children and the presentation of the study entitled “THEY SHAMED ME”: A baseline study on the vulnerabilities of street-involved boys to sexual exploitation in Manila;

b) Safer internet Day Campaign c/o Stairway Foundation on February 9, 2016. In support to CSAAW observance, the Stairway Foundation will integrate CSEC advocacy during the safer internet day celebration. There will be a simultaneous school caravan on online safety through their Break the Silence Movement (BSM) in NCR, Silang Cavite, Zamboanga Sibugay, Cebu, Batangas and Mindoro. Prevention of child abuse and exploitation online will be one of their topics during the activity; and

c) Roundtable Discussion on Sexual Exploitation of Children study in the National Capital Region on February 10, 2016 at the Sequioa Hotel, Timog. Expected to attend are 30 select participants from SACSEC Members, Service Providers (NGO, LGU, NGA) and Legislators. Objectives of the RTD are: to present the study on comprehensive understanding of commercial sexual exploitation of children (CSEC) and the emerging nature, forms and extent of CSEC of children and adolescents in Metro Manila and present significant highlights and snapshots on the preliminary results of the research. The study was commissioned by Plan Philippines to Dr. Elizabeth de Castro of the Psycho -social Support and Children’s Rights Resource Center (PST CRRC).

Other CSAAW activities that extend beyond the week-long commemoration included Center for the Prevention and Treatment of Child Sexual Abuse (CPTCSA) Roundtable Discussion with the Family Court Judges; Popularization for kids and teens”, Fun and Learning Day with Children led by ECPAT and TUGON, on February 20, 2016 at the College of Science, Ampitheater, University of the Philippines, Diliman, Quezon City wherein 300 children (7-17 years old) from various communities in Quezon City as participants and Laura Vicuna Foundation“Follow your dreams” (Against sexual abuse) on February 21, 2016 respectively.

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For inquiries please contact:

Mr. Elino L. Bardillo, Public Affairs and Information Office (PAIO) or

Ms. Adelaida Chavezof Policy and Planning Division (PPD)

Telephone No. 7811039 local 1005/1006/2003

Last Updated on Tuesday, 09 February 2016 15:38
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.


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



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.



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.



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
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