Vision, Mission, Mandate & Legal Bases PDF Print E-mail

The Council for the Welfare of Children is the focal inter-agency body of the Philippine Government for children. It is mandated to coordinate the implementation and enforcement of all laws; formulate, monitor and evaluate policies, programs and measures for children.

CWC Vision

The focal government inter-agency body providing dynamic leadership in ensuring a child-friendly and child-sensitive society where every child fully enjoys his/her rights.

CWC Mission

CWC shall undertake its coordinative role for children through:
  • Formulation and advocacy for the implementation of policies, programs and measures
  • Monitoring and evaluation of policies, programs and measures
  • Advocacy for child rights and mobilization of resources
  • Building strong networks, partnerships and coordination mechanisms
  • Institution building of partners and stakeholders


  • Initiate, promote and advocate adoption of policies and measures to protect child rights
  • Build strong networks, partnerships and coordination mechanisms to ensure concerted efforts in the implementation of Child 21 and CRC
  • Create an environment that enables children to develop their full potentials
  • Facilitate institution-building of partners and other stakeholders
  • Monitor and evaluate the implementation of policies and programs
  • Undertake research and development activities

Legal Bases

  • Presidential Decree No. 603 (Dec. 10, 1974 aka “The Child and Youth Welfare Code”)
    • Created the CWC
    • Established it under the OP


  • Executive Order No. 708 (July 27, 1981)
    • Reorganized the OP and placed CWC under the DSWD


  • Executive Order No. 233 (July 22, 1987)
    • Redefined the role and organizational structure of the CWC
    • Enlarged its membership
      Included youth representative to the CBR


  • Republic Act No. 8980 (December 5, 2000 aka “The Early Childhood Care and Development Act”)
    • Designated the CWC also as the National ECCD
    • Coordinating Council
      CWC as attached it to the OP


  • Executive Order Act No. 349 (August 17, 2004)
    • Established clear lines of authority over the CWC/ NECCDCC Secretariat
      • DepEd Secretary to exercise primary oversight functions over the DED for NECCDC
      • DSWD Secretary to exercise primary oversight functions over DED for CWC


  • Executive Order No. 630 (June 28, 2007)
    • Transferred the CWC from OP to DSWD


  • Executive Order No. 760 (October 23, 2008)
    • Transferred the CWC/NECCDCC from DSWD to the OP and the Chairperson to be appointed by the President


  • Executive Order No. 778 (January 13, 2009)
    • Transformed the CWC into the ECCD Council, attached to the Office of the President. The functions and staff of CWC which are not part of ECCD are transferred to DSWD


  • Executive Order No. 806 (June 9, 2009)
    • Affirmed that CWC shall continue to function and exercise the same powers pursuant to the provisions of PD 603 and EO 233 and attached to DSWD