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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

Contact information:

Public Affairs Information Office

Tel. No. 7811039 local 1005

 

Last Updated on Wednesday, 08 June 2016 17:53
 
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Press Release

02 May 2016

BE SENSITIVE ON RAPE REMARKS ESPECIALLY TO CHILDREN:

CWC CALL TO NETIZENS

Recently, a trending Facebook post made by an alleged supporter of Duterte named Shawie Constantino Enriquez made offensive remarks on actress Melai Cantiveros, her husband Jason Francisco, and to her two-year old daughter Mela.

Melai and Jason are known supporters of Mar Roxas. Both of them are making appearances on political advertisements for the presidential candidate.

click here online post from Enriquez and Cantiveros retrieved from InterAksyon

Melai took offense of Enriquez’s post and expressed her sentiments via Instagram account, further stressing that the latter went too far by wishing her daughter to be raped.

Melai also threatened to file charges to Enriquez and further calls the attention of the Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) and Bantay Bata for appropriate action.

The Council for the Welfare of Children (CWC) urges everyone with the election fever to be responsible netizens and be sensitive on making defamatory remarks (i.e. rape, sexual abuse) on somebody, especially to the children.

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Celaine Cabrera

Public Affairs Information Office

Council for the Welfare of Children

Telephone No.: 7811039 local 1005

 

 
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Press Release

29 April 2016

SUSPICIOUS ONLINE AD LURES GIRLS

The Council for the Welfare of Children (CWC) warns everyone, especially the students and parents, to be vigilant on suspicious advertisements preying on girls.

A concerned citizen reported to the CWC an online advertisement on the internet on April 13, 2016 while on search for rooms to rent.

The report came with the screen-captured advertisement, captioned with “Free room and food for school girls.”

It was also stated “I would like to offer free room and food for school going kids and girls. No rent required. Just for kind. God bless. Text me (+xxxxxxxxxxx).”

Further, the CWC deeply encourages everyone to be vigilant and report too good to be true advertisements to the proper authorities which could prevent victimization of girls and women.

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Celaine Cabrera

Public Affairs Information Office

Council for the Welfare of Children

 

Telephone No.: 7811039 local 1005

Last Updated on Friday, 06 May 2016 15:02
 
All-Women Cast Lupang Hinirang Music Video by PCW PDF Print E-mail

 

In recognition to the awareness and raise the important contributions and roles of women in all aspects of the Philippine society, the Council for the Welfare of Children (CWC) supports the Philippine Commission on Women (PCW) in the All-Women Cast Lupang Hinirang Music Video.

links:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=d5hziC1fFa0

CWC Facebook BataBidaKa link: https://www.facebook.com/batabidaka/

 
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Written by Edna Estal   

Press Release

April 4, 2016

End Violence against Children!


As part of the global initiatives to end Violence Against Children (VAC), a research forum entitled “Boy & Girls At Risk” in conjunction with the first ever national baseline study on the magnitude and extent of VAC in the county (Philippines) was conducted on March 31-April 1, 2016 in Manila Hotel.  The Council for the Welfare of Children organized the activity in collaboration with UNICEF Manila, Consuelo Zobel Alger Foundation, University of the Philippines-National Institutes of Health/Institute of Health Policy and Development Studies and Child Protection Network.


One hundred eighty (180) people participated in the forum from different fields of profession composed of national government agencies, non-government organizations, and academe together with DSWD Hon. Sec. Corazon Juliano- Soliman, Executive Director Patricia B. Luna and Deputy Executive Director Atty. Marijoy Segui, UNICEF Country Representative Lotta Sylwander, Mr. Stephen Blight of UNICEF-EAPRO.


DSWD Secretary Dinky Soliman said that the NBS-VAC provides an opportunity to have a better grasp of the situation of children vulnerable to abuse and ensures that the response provided to them is appropriate and timely.  She quoted that there is an African adage that goes, “It takes a village to raise a child.” With this launch, we are reaffirming that sense of community. We are one village raising our children in a society that values them, cares for them, and loves them – because a community that values and cares for its children instills confidence and caring in them that will enable them to participate in the same community and help shape its values towards building a better and stronger nation.


The highlight of the forum is the presentation of the preliminary result of the Philippine VAC Study with emphasis on Boys and Girls at Risk by UP-Manila Prof. Laurie Ramiro, which aimed to obtain a national estimate of the prevalence of various forms of VAC in the country and to gather information on the status of child protection in local government units in terms of resources and prevention readiness. The study covered a total of 172 barangays nationwide, with a final sample size of 4,283 sample size consisting of 13 – 24 years old respondents. The overall study design for quantitative research is prevalence study and for qualitative research is the community stakeholder’s study and the methodology used is the concurrent mixed design.  The data collection for the study was completed in August 2015 and preliminary results/findings were shared during the Ako para sa Bata, The International Conference last December 1-2, 2015 in Cebu City.


Relevant presentations by experts ensued during the first day.  Among the topics discussed were as follows: Philippine Systematic Literature Review on VAC by Dr. Bernadette Madrid; Corporal Punishment by Prof. Lianne Alampay; Trust, Power, and Violence by Dr. Elizabeth de Castro; Culture and Violence by Dr. Michael Tan; Masculinity:  What do Filipino boys learn? by Mr. Jay Yacat; and, The Role of Gender in Violence by Prof. Carol Sobritchea.


For the second day, presentations discussed were equally interesting and important namely:  VAC and the exploitation and Abuse of Children Online by Ms. Marie-Laure Lemineur; VAC and Child Online Protection by Ms. Sarah Norton-Staal; Engaging community in child sexual abuse prevention online and offline by Afrooz Kaviani  Johnson; Building Capacity/Skills for Prevention and Response by Ms. Stephanie McCourt; Legislation and Policy Opportunities within VAC Interventions to Prevent VAC using Advocacy and Policy by Ms. Wilma Banaga; Philippine Age of Sexual Consent/Statutory Rape by Dean Sedfrey Candelaria; Understanding Filipino Family Norms by Prof. Belen Medina; Migration Orphans by Dr. Norietta Balderrama; Parenting Filipno Children Under Stress by Dr. Lourdes Carandang; Interventions to Prevent Violence Strategies to Prevent Child Maltreatment by Dr. Susan Mercado; Family Development Session and Child Protection by Dir. Leonardo C. Reynoso; Poverty, Social Protection and Equity by UP Vice Chancellor Nymia Simbulan.


To conclude the two-day research forum, CWC Executive Director Luna captured the attention of the participants by providing the challenges, recommendations and next steps to take from this forum.  The preliminary result of the VAC study is just the beginning of more tedious works ahead of us.  Our participation in the forthcoming International and Local activities such as: Knowledge Exchange on Effective Strategies for Violence Prevention in Kuala Lumpur in November 2016; Asia VAC Meeting in Beijing on  26-27 April 2016; National Children’s Conference, Summit; National & Regional dissemination of the NBS-VAC result; Conduct workshops fora to review and respond to results VAC through development of multi-sectoral response plan and the launch of the NBS-VAC on October 7, 2016 are all geared towards making our country VAC free.

 

“We need to act, STOP Violence Against Children NOW!”

 
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