Date Release: 14 October 2016
President DU30 leads the Recognition of Child-Friendly LGUs for Children and accepts the signed IRR of Centenarians Act of 2016
His Excellency, President Rodrigo Roa Duterte graced and conferred the 2015 Presidential Award for Child-Friendly Municipalities and Cities led by the Council for the Welfare of Children (CWC) and the presentation of the signed Implementing Rules and Regulations (IRR) of Republic Act No. 10868 or the Centenarians Act of 2016 spearheaded by the Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) at Rizal Hall, Malacaῆan Palace on September 26, 2016. The event was attended by Senator Ralph G. Recto, Senator Maria Lourdes Nancy S. Binay-Angeles, Senator Juan Edgardo M. Angara, Hon Sec. Ismael D. Sueno of DILG, Hon. Sec. Paulyn Jean B. Rosell-Ubial of DOH, Hon. Sec. Judy M. Taguiwalo and Usec. Florita F. Villar of DSWD, and CWC Executive Director Patricia B. Luna.
In the 2015 Presidential Award for Child-Friendly Municipalities and Cities (PACFMC), a total of sixty nine (69) LGUs have been recognized as Regional Awardees while twenty (20 of which qualified as National Finalists.
These LGUs are also recipients of the Seal of Child-Friendly Local Governance (SCFLG) conferred by the CWC which is the pre-qualifying requirement to the PACFMC. The SCFLG is a recognition and audit system for LGUs delivering clear and positive results for children in the areas of maternal and infant health care, nutritional status of children, day care services, social protection program, school completion rate, and implementation of LCPC programs, projects, and activities.
The CWC initiated the Presidential Award for the Child-Friendly Municipalities and Cities pursuant to Executive Order No. 184 entitled “Establishing the Presidential Award for the Child-Friendly Municipalities and Cities” issued on December 13, 1999. The Presidential Award is considered as a mechanism to gauge the level of child-friendliness of a particular city or municipality and at the same time gives recognition to LGUs that put in place a child-friendly and child-sensitive environment and upholds the rights of Filipino children. The Award is conferred to deserving local government units in recognition of their vital role in the sustained promotion of children’s rights to survival, development, protection and participation as well as in ensuring child-friendly governance.
The winners of the 2015 Presidential Award for Child-Friendly Municipalities and Cities are as follows: Davao City, Region XI for Highly Urbanized City Category; Santiago City, Region II for Independent Component City Category; Ilagan City, Isabela, Region II for Component City Category; Buenavista, Guimaras, Region VI for 1st-3rd Class Municipality Category; and, Dumalneg, Ilocos Norte, Region I for 4th-6th Class Municipality.
Another milestone during the event was the presentation of the signed Implementing Rules and Regulations (IRR) of Centenarians Act or Republic Act No. 10868 to President Rodrigo R. Duterte (PRRD) and witnessed by solon authors coming from both the Senate and the House of Representatives. The Centenarians Act of 2016 stipulates that all Filipinos, who have reached 100 years old and above, whether residing in the Philippines or abroad shall be honored with a Letter of Felicitation from the President of the Philippines congratulating the celebrant for his or her longevity; and a Centenarian gift in the amount of one hundred thousand pesos (Php 100,000.00). “The passage of this Act is a tribute to Filipino centenarians who have spent their lifetime in contributing to nation building,” Secretary Judy M. Taguiwalo said. She also appealed to local government units all over the country to ensure that their welfare desks and departments give priority to the needs of senior citizens and give them what is due them.
Ma. Edna L. Estal, Psy M, LP
Information Officer III
Public Affairs and Information Office
Written by Elino Bardillon - PAIO
Wednesday, 17 August 2016 17:51
ONE MILLION LAPIS Campaign Project:
CWC Calls for Support!
In celebration of the National Children’s Month in November by virtue of Republic Act 10661”National Children’s Month Act” series of 2015, the Council for the Welfare of Children (CWC) has launched the “One Million Lapis Project” to promote the child’s right to (write as basic right) education especially for children whose situations have impeded their chances to go to school. ”Lapis” is a symbolic representation of the child’s need to express ones ideas and feelings, be empowered through learning, in recognition of the importance of writing skills and materials.
A documentary report in 2012 reveals that in far-flung villages, there are situation where elementary students divide one “Lapis” into three to be able to write. This shows the lack of materials for writing compounded with inadequate school facilities and the long distance of travel from home to school.
As of August 16, 2016 a total of 854,521 Pencils commitment were already generated from Private/business partners: SM Cares – 300T, National Bookstore – 50T, Soroptimist International – 50T, Landbank of the Philippines – 50T, Enchanted Kingdom – 50T, National Government Agencies: Department of Education – 200T, Department of Social Welfare and Development – 50T, Office of the President Presidential Communication Office – 50T, Department Justice – 10T, Department of Agriculture – 10T, National Council for Disability Affairs – 450, National Council for Children’s Television – 513, National Power Corporation – 400, National Electrification Administration – 574, Non-Government Organizations: Consuelo Foundation – 1,200, Childfund Japan Phils -954, Childhope-450 and Academe: Miriam College Middle School – 20T and STI Foundation – 10T.
The project is a partnership of National Government led by CWC and SM Cares. Other major sponsors included National Bookstore, Soroptimist International, Landbank of the Philippines and Enchanted Kingdom. It aims to gather Lapis/Pencils for the benefit of under privileged students who lack the opportunity to pursue schooling (necessary materials for writing). It is being envisioned to enter the Guinness Book of World Record by 2016.
Target to complete the One Million Lapis is on October 28, 2016 with Official announcement during the November 5, 2016 kick-off celebration of the 2016 National Children’s Month.
Expression of support were also generated from the Civil Service Commission, National Housing Authority, Land Registration Authority, Social Security System, Philippine Regulation Commission, Development Academy of the Philippines, Philippine Red Cross, National Dairy Authority, Philippine Insurance Commission, Commission on Filipino Overseas, Philippine National Police – Women and Children Center and Hotel Management Association of the Philippine.
A video of the One Million Lapis campaign is available at youtube: CWChildrenOfficial. For more information, please contact Mr. Elino Bardillon, Head of Public Affairs and Information Office at 7424010 loc. 1006. You can also visit the CWC website at www.cwc.gov.ph and email:
Mr. Elino Bardillon
Head, CWC Public Affairs and Information Officer
Tel. 7428323 l
Last Updated on Wednesday, 17 August 2016 18:08
Tuesday, 19 July 2016 11:26
11 July 2016
CWC and Soroptimist International Sign MOA for Child Rights Advocacy Partnership Launching
(Left to Right)) Present in the event were signatories Ms. Ma Judy S. Gutierrez, President SI of Congressional; Ms. Ma. Rosario A. Tumaneng, Governor of the SI Philippines Region; CWC Executive Director Patricia B. Luna and CWC Deputy Executive Director Atty. Marijoy D. Segui.
(Back) Members of the SI of the Philippines Region and representatives from CWC’s partner institutions were also present in the event. (Front) The Badjao Dance Troupe of the Sun for All Children who amused the audience with their entertaining intermissions posed candidly for the photo.
The Council for the Welfare of Children (CWC) signed a Memorandum of Agreement (MOA) with the Soroptimist International (SI) of the Philippines Region on Monday, 04 July 2016 at the Club Filipino in San Juan City.
The MOA defines the promotion of children’s rights to education through this year’s One Million Lapis Campaign and support in the conduct of advocacy activities and special events on children such as the Girl-Child Week celebration and National Children’s Month celebration.
The SI, as one of the major partners of CWC committed to support the campaign in the achievement of the One Million Lapis and Guinness Book of World Records for the Longest Line of Pencils. As part of their engagement, the SI initially turned-over 10,000 pencils out of the 50,000 pencils they have committed to the One Million Lapis Campaign project.
Public Affairs Information Office
Council for the Welfare of Children
Telephone No.: 7811039 local 1005
Last Updated on Tuesday, 19 July 2016 11:50
Date of Release: May 20, 2016
End Child Labor: 1 Milyong Batang Malaya by 2025
The “Batang Malaya” Communication and Campaign Planning Workshop was recently conducted on May 11-14, 2016 at the Baguio Country Club, Baguio City sponsored by the International Labour Organization (ILO) with Mr. Julius C. Cainglet, Assistant Vice President of Federation of Free Workers (FFW) and Chairperson of NCLC Knowledge Management Sub-Committee acted as the over-all facilitator of the activity.
The activity was spearheaded by the DOLE-Bureau of Workers with Special Concerns aimed to come-up with a two-year communication plan (2016-2018) supporting the vision on child-labor free Philippines with the goal to remove one million children from child labor by 2025.
The workshop was participated in by the Knowledge Management Sub-Committee members, namely Federation of Free Workers (FFW), selected St. Scholastica student partners, National Youth Commission (NYC), ERDA Foundation, Trade Union Congress of the Philippines (TUCP), National Council on Social Development (NDSD), Council for the Welfare of Children (CWC), National Commission on Indigenous People (NCIP)-Cordillera Administrative Region (DOLE-CAR), DOLE national offices (e.g. Institute for Labor Studies, Bureau of Workers with Special Concerns, etc.) and selected regional offices, particularly the Labor Law Compliance Officers (LLCO).
DOLE CAR Regional Director Nathaniel Lacamba inspired the participants with his welcome message and an inspirational message from Mr. Giovanni Soledad of ILO.
Resource Persons invited were Ms. Beth Casin of DOLE-BWSC Prof. Wowie Lomibao, Executive Director of Kanlungan Center Foundation. A professor at St. Scholastica and a graduate of UP Mass Communication. Ms. Casin presented the updates and developments on Child Labor that highlighted the following major projects of DOLE-BWSC in collaboration with partner agencies: Sagip Batang Manggagawa was initiated in 1993 with 3,500 child laborers rescued; 47 establishments permanently closed most in NCR, Region 6 and 7; Kabuhayan Para sa Magulang ng Batang Manggagawa like Nego Kart/Kit; Impact evaluation on livelihood assistance; Project Angel Tree; 213 barangays recognized as Child Labor Free Barangays;182 Child Labor-Free Establishments certified; H.E.L.P. M.E. convergence program (Health, education, livelihood and prevention, protection and prosecution, monitoring, and evaluation); Training of LCCOs on child labor inspection skills; Pantawid Pamilyang Pilipino Program with child labor initiative; Guidelines on Handling Child Laborers and Working Children in School (w/ DepEd); Philippine Program Against Child Labor (PPACL); Observance of World Day Against Child Labor (WDACL); and NYC Assistant Secretary Dingdong Dantes agreed in principle as the Ambassador on Child Labor advocacy.
Prof. Lomibao discussed the communication in advocacy and development, legal and ethical issues, standards and protocols.
The workshop ended with important message from Director Ahmma Charisma Lobrin-Satumba
of DOLE-BWSC. She expressed her appreciation to the partner agencies for the Philippines made a significant advancement in efforts to eliminate the worst forms of child labor as reflected by the United States Department of Labor (US DOL) report.
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Written by: Ma. Edna Lapuz-Estal
Public Affairs Information Office
Tel. No. 7811039 local 1005
Last Updated on Wednesday, 08 June 2016 17:53