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Date Release:  9 February 2017

2017 Angels Walk for Persons with ASD

About 24,000 people participated in the 2017 Angels Walk in observance of the 21st National Autism Consciousness Week (NACW) conducted on 5 February 2017 at SM Mall of Asia Arena, Pasay City.  The theme for this year is “Onwards to An Autism-Ok ASEAN”.

The Council for the Welfare of Children (CWC) supports the campaign believing

that a disabled child has the right to special care, education and training to help

him or her enjoy a full and decent life in dignity and achieve   the greatest

degree of self-reliance and social integration possible (source:  CRC).

Photo Caption  :from the right, DSWD                                             Photo Caption:  ASD performers                                Photo Caption:  CWC Personnel

Usec Ma. LourdesTuralde-Jarabe,

NCDA Acting Dir. Carmen Zubiaga with

the new national Trustees of the ASP

The event aimed for greater attention and assistance to the condition of Persons with Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) globally which led to the participation of the ASEAN Heads of delegation namely HE DR. AKP Mochtan, Dep Sec. Gen. ASEAN; Mr. Akiie Ninomiya, Executive Director of APCD; Mr. Rizaany Irwan Muhammad Mazlan, Counsellor, Embassy of Malaysia; and, Ms. Feilina Feisol, Chairperson, National Autism Society of Malaysia.


Globally, autism is estimated to affect 21.7 million people as of 2013. As of 2010, the number of people affected is estimated at about 1–2 per 1,000 worldwide. It occurs four to five times more often in boys than girls. About 1.5% of children in the United States (one in 68) are diagnosed with Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) as of 2014, a 30% increase from one in 88 in 2012. The rate of autism among adults aged 18 years and over in the United Kingdom is 1.1%. The number of people diagnosed has been increasing dramatically since the 1980s, partly due to changes in diagnostic practice and government-subsidized financial incentives for named diagnoses (source:  Wikipedia).


In the Philippines, estimated cases of autism rose from 500,000 in 2008 to one million people at present, the number could be much higher since there are still a lot of areas in the Philippines not covered.  Health experts have attributed the increase to better detection methods, but genetics and environmental factors could also be among the causes (Source:  Philippine Star).


The above data revealed that the number of people with autism spectrum disorder (ASD) in the Philippines and other countries worldwide has almost doubled in the past six years and the number is still rising.


The event was attended by the Philippine delegations namely Cong. Yeddah Marie Romualdez, Legislator, Tacloban House of Rep.; Mr. Martin Romualdez among the Legislative Sponsors of R.A. 10754; Cong Emi Calixto-Rubiano, Legislator, Pasay House of Rep.; Ms. Carmen Zubiaga, Acting Exec. Dir. of NCDA; Ms. Hellen De La Vega, Asst. Sec., Office of ASEAN Affairs, DFA; DSWD Usec Ma. Lourdes Turalde-Jarabe, Office of the Undersecretary for Operations and Programs (promotive); Mr. Hans T. Sy Chairman of the Exec. Com. SM Prime Holdings, Inc.; Mr. Jeffrey C, Lim, President of SM Prime Holdings, Inc.; and Ms. Anna Maria S. Garcia, President of SM Supermalls.


Activities highlighted were the singing of the Philippine National Anthem inspired by ASP’s call for an Autism-OK Philippines, Praise Song led by Nica Escasinas, AOK-Talent Showcase, ASP Autism Angel Achievement Awards to Ms. Vell Baria, Induction of New National Trustees of the ASP, Mixed Fit Warm-UP led by Ms. Dona Lima, Opening Salvo rendered by NU Pep Squad, 4-time UAAP Cheerdance Champions, Welcome Message of Ms. Dang Koe, Chair, ASEAN Autism Network and the Autism Society Philippines and Engr. Bien Mateo, Director for the SM Cares PWD Program, Ms. Mona Magno-Veluz, National President, ASP, Angel Diva (a special performance from Ms. Regine Velasquez), and Angelic Messages from the International and Diplomatic Community, government agencies, and private sector leadership and the finale, which is the Parade Walk from the Mall of Asia Arena to the Music Hall.

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28 December 2016

Launch of the National Baseline Study on Violence Against Children

The results of the first ever National Baseline Study on Violence Against Children (NBS-VAC) in the Philippines was officially launched on 06 December 2016 in Manila Hotel led by the Council for the Welfare of Children (CWC) and United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF) with their partners from government agencies and non-government organizations.

 


Photo caption: (L-R) CWC Director Patricia Luna , Christian Saludar (Child Representative), UNICEF Philippines Representative Lotta Sylwander, DSWD Secretary Judy Taguiwalo, Child Protection Network Director Dr. Bernadette Madrid and Professor Laurie Ramiro of UP Manila. Retrieved from INQUIRER.net.


The Government of the Philippines through the CWC in collaboration with UNICEF,  Department of Health, University of the Philippines Manila and Consuelo Alger Zobel Foundation conducted a  nationwide study among 3,866 children and youth aged 13-24 years old that provides information on the prevalence and various forms of violence against children in the country.

The study revealed that:

- 80% of children and youth experienced  some form of violence in their lifetime, whether in the home, school, workplace or community, with boys at 81.5% and girls, 78.4%.

- 1 in 3 children experiences physical violence, with more than half of this happening at home

- Most common cases of violence at home are corporal punishment committed by parents and siblings

- 3 in 5 children experience psychological violence; in the form of verbal abuse, threats or neglect

- 1 in 5 children below age 18 have experienced sexual violence while growing up

- Common perpetrators of sexual violence are brothers or cousins. Among males who experienced sexual violence, frequent perpetrators are cousins, fathers and brothers.

- Nearly half of children experience violence online, whether sexual violence or cyber-bullying

Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) Secretary and CWC Chairperson Judy Taguiwalo urged the community to report cases of violence against children and the government to use the results of the research as “the data will be significantly useful if translated into action,” she said.

CWC Executive Director Patricia B. Luna on the other hand highlighted the crafting of a multi-sectoral Philippine National Plan of Action on VAC (NPA-VAC), as a response to the results of the study. The plan will integrate the VAC results into the 3rd National Plan of Action for Children (NPAC) from 2017-2022.  Moreover, Director Luna enjoined everyone present - the government agencies, NGOs, faith-based organizations, academe, civil society, media and the children and youth to participate and support the campaign to end VAC in the Philippines.

The NPA-VAC as presented by DSWD Undersecretary Mae Fe Ancheta-Templa, will address the cause of violence in the Philippines as it will converge the commitment of government and other stakeholders.

The formal launch mainly featured the multi-sectoral Declaration of Commitment to End Violence Against Children in the Philippines, from the officials and representatives of government agencies, NGOs, UN organization, academe, faith-based organization and by children themselves.

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02 February 2017

Observance of the 21st Child Sexual Abuse Awareness Week

 

 

 

In celebration of the annual National Awareness Week for the Prevention of Child Sexual Abuse and Exploitation or the Child Sexual Abuse Awareness Week (CSAAW), the Council for the Welfare of Children and its partner agencies launch this year’s 21st observance with the theme “WE ARE THE SOLUTION.”

Presidential Proclamation No. 731 series of 1996 declares the 2nd week of February each year as the National Awareness Week for the Prevention of Child Sexual Abuse and Exploitation.

This year’s theme emphasizes the significance of “We” which pertains to the convergence of efforts from every individual in the community in ending child sexual abuse.

The number of reported child-abuse cases served by DSWD accounted sexually-abused and sexually-exploited children as the leading cases in the country through the following data.

 

Year

Total Number of Child Abuse Cases served

Sexually-Abused

2012

5,555

1,378 (25%)

2013

5, 006

1,246 (25%)

2014

4, 873

1,172 (24%)

2015

4,374

1,147 (26%)

(Source: DSWD Policy Development and Planning Bureau)

Data from the DSWD Reported Child Abuse Cases served showed a 21% (1,181) reduction of child abuse cases from 2012 - 2015. The reduction can be attributed to the increase awareness of the public and community on the consequences and/or penalty on child abuse specifically sexual abuse cases.

Further, the National Baseline Study on Violence Against Children (NBS-VAC) revealed that 1 in 5 children aged 13 - <18 years old have experienced sexual violence while growing up. It has been identified that among males who experienced sexual violence, the frequent perpetrators are cousins, fathers and brothers; nearly half of children experience violence online, whether sexual violence or cyber-bullying.

To further intensify public awareness on child sexual abuse and exploitation, below are the tentative line of activities for the observance of the national CSAAW:

1. Break the Silence (BTS) National Network Launch: The BTS Launch serves as the Kick-off activity for the CSAAW week which will be conducted in 06 February 2017/ 1 PM at the Philippine Christian University Auditorium, Taft Avenue, Manila;

2. Roundtable Discussion with Quezon City Family Court Judges and Prosecutors on the Kids and Teens Court Awareness Program: CPTSCA will share the outcome of the Kids and Teens Court Awareness Program on 06 February 2017/ 1-5 pm at the Hive Hotel, Quezon City; and

3. Fun and Learning Day with Children with Ateneo ECPAT: This activity will be conducted on 11 February 2017.

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27 December 2016

CWC recognized partners for 2016 NCM

The success of the recently concluded 2016 National Children’s Month (NCM) led to the awarding of appreciation plaques by the Council for the Welfare of Children (CWC) to its partner organizations on 12 December 2016 at Marco Polo Hotel, Pasig City, during its Thanksgiving and Recognition of Partners for the 2016 NCM event.


Photo caption: Awarding of plaques by the Council Board Members to CWC partner organizations (L-R) Dir. Erlinda Capones (NEDA),

Asec. Aimee Neri (DoJ), Asec. Maria Francia Laxamana (DoH), Ms. Kristine Cendana (AMSPEC), Ms. Catherine Alejandro (Robinsons Land Corporation),

Ms. Ma. Judy Gutierrez (The Soroptimist), Ms. Katrina Paat and Mr. Jefferson Altre (SFAC), Dir. Marian Opena (NCSD); Mr. Royston Cabunag (SM Cares),

Dir. Patricia Luna (CWC) and Dir. Nielex Tupas (NYC)


The awarding of plaques was done in recognition of the partners’ commendable contribution and partnership for the 2016 NCM. This was attended by CWC Council Board Members, National Steering Committee on Child Rights Advocacy Members, and representatives from other partner organizations.

In her keynote message, CWC Executive Director Patricia Luna expressed her appreciation in the partnership and support that everyone has provided for this year’s NCM, especially in advocating for the protection and promotion of children’s rights.

Students from the Tinajeros National High School of Malabon City presented their version of sabayang pagbigkas piece of “Para sa Isang Milyong Batang Malaya!” which they presented previously on the 2016 World Day Against Child Labor celebration.

The awarding ceremony was led by CWC Executive Director Patricia Luna, National Youth Commission (NYC) Executive Director Nielex Tupas, Department of Justice (DoJ) Assistant Secretary Aimee Neri,  Department of Health (DoH) Assistant Secretary Maria Francia Laxamana, and National Economic and Development Authority (NEDA) Director Erlinda Capones.

Among the recipients of the plaque present in the event were: Amalgamated Specialties Corporation (AMSPEC), SM Cares Program for Children and Youth, The Soroptimist, Robinsons Land Corporation; Sun for All Children Incorporated, and National Council for Social Development; other recipients include the Land Bank of the Philippines PTV 4, The Philippine Star, UNTV, Mercury Drug Corporation, GMA News Online, Rappler, and STI Foundation.

The celebration of the 2016 NCM highlights several projects/campaigns directed towards the advancement of child rights, which includes: 1) One Million Lapis Campaign; 2) Guinness Book of World Records for the Longest Line of Pencils; 3) Dikit a Sticker on Child Safety Campaign; and 4) development of the Child Protection Policy. 

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16 December 2016

CWC launch info materials for children


In culmination of the 2016 National Children’s Month (NCM), the Council for the Welfare of Children (CWC) and the Department of Social Welfare and Development celebrated the 2016 Araw ng Kabataan on 22 November 2016 in AFP Theater, Quezon City.

The 2016 Araw ng Kabataan lauds children beneficiaries of the Pantawid Pamilyang Pilipino Program (4Ps), Pantawid Pamilya Exemplary Children for 2016, and the participants during the National Children’s Congress.

 

Photo caption: (L-R) Presentation of information materials by Mr. Peregrino; Gen. Jack Motril;

and Mr. Elino Bardillon


In this event, the CWC launched Comprehensive Program Framework for Children in Situations of Armed Conflict, Children’s Guidebook on Child Participation in the Philippines, 2015 State of the Filipino Children Report (SOFCR) and the CWC MAKABATA (Makabuluhang Balita at Talakayan) Newsletter which are information materials that furthers the rights and promotes the protection of Filipino children.

Captain Licerio Plan of the Armed Forces of the Philippines- Human Rights Office, presented the Comprehensive Program Framework for Children in Situations of Armed Conflict which address the alarming involvement of children in armed conflict and covers various grave violations committed towards child rights.

The Children’s Guidebook on Child Participation in the Philippines was presented by Mr. Peregrino Bertolano, Institutional Relations Manager of EDUCO. He explained that the guidebook provides guidance and help to fully involve the children in meaningful child and youth participation along planning, action or project implementation, research, trainings, emergency and relief situation and with the local council and barangay council for the protection of children.

Moreover, Mr. Elino Bardillon, Information Officer of the CWC, briefly discussed the 2015 SOFCR and the CWC MAKABATA Newsletter in addition to the publications of CWC.

Subsequently, a symbolic turn-over of the Comprehensive Program for Children in Situations of Armed Conflict, Children’s Guidebook on Child Participation in the Philippines, 2015 SOFCR and the CWC MAKABATA Newsletter to four children was executed, which highlights the significance of the children as main target of the launched documents.

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