0 October 2014
Towards A Caring and Protective Society For, By and With the Children:
CWC Launches the Seal of Child-Friendly Philippines!
The Council for the Welfare of Children (CWC) with the Secretary Dinky Soliman as chairman of the CWC Board and OIC-Executive Director Patricia B. Luna led the launching of the “Child-Friendly Philippines: A Caring and Protective Society for, by and with the Children” as over-all framework for all advocacy and programming initiatives on October 08, 2014 at the Crown Plaza Galleria Hotel in Ortigas.
CWC was joined by Secretary Enrique Ona of DOH, Secretary Armin Luistro of DepEd, Undersecretary Austere Panadero of DILG, UNICEF Philippines representative Ms. Lotta Sylwander who gave their message and express support to the project. There were 250 participants and representatives from the National Government Agencies, Non-Government Organizations, other UN Agencies, officials of the Leagues of Provinces, Cities, Vice-Mayors League, Municipalities and National Liga ng mga Barangays, civil society groups, media partners, children and other stakeholders on children.
The CWC Seal of Child-Friendly Philippines highlighted renewed vigor and commitment of stakeholders from national government, civil society and the local government units (LGUs) in accordance to the commitment in the implementation of the United Nations Convention on the Rights of the Child (UN CRC) and the 2nd National Plan of Action for Children. Through the mandatory audit all LGUs nationwide shall have to meet or pass the 12 indicators along health and nutrition, education, protection and child participation among others. CWC will use the audit results to confer the Seal of Child-Friendly Local Governance to qualified LGUs to be nominees for the Presidential Award for the Child-Friendly Municipalities and Cities which will be awarded in 1st quarter of 2015.
“Ang Selyo ng Child-Friendly Philippines ay makakamit kung saan tayong lahat ng mga kasama ko sa pamahalaan, mga Non-Government Organisasyon at Lokal na Pamahalaan at ang mga bata mismo ay aktibong kumikilos upang palaganapin ang proteksiyon at karapatan ng mga bata (the Seal of Child-Friendly Philippines can be achieved with all of us stakeholders on children including the Local Government Units and the children themselves actively participating in the promotion of children’s rights and protection)” Secretary Corazon “Dinky” Soliman said.
Child advocate, John Emil Palacio also said that, “Bilang isang bata, ako ay natutuwa na kami ngayon ay pinakikinggan, nakakalahok at binibigyan ng seryosong halaga (As a child, I am happy that we are now being listened to, we participate and were taken seriously)”. Palacio added that as children now participate in decision making, it made him feel more responsible, with boosted self-confidence and broadened horizons.
Sama Badjau’s Igal-igal youth performers leader, Alvin Tanjili, echoed the same response, “Nagpapasalamat po kaming mga kabataang katutubo na napapasama kami sa ganitong gawain na nagtataguyod at nagpapalaganap sa karapatang pambata, kasama na rin ang karapatan ng mga kabataang katutubo” (we are very thankful that as indigenous children and youth are included in this kind of undertaking that promote and advocate children’s rights, including the rights of every indigenous children).
The launch is part of the Presidential Proclamation 267 for the celebration of the October 2014 National Children’s Month with the theme: Bata Kasali Ka, Ikaw ay Mahalaga!.
Mr. Elino L. Bardillon, PAIO, CWC
Tel. no. 7811039 local 1006/2005