The Council for the Welfare of Children (CWC) as an attached agency of the Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) is exerting its effort in heeding the call to protect children. CWC organized a Monitoring, Reporting and Response System (MRRS) Inter-Agency Team to gather, validate and monitor reports of incidences of grave child rights violations. The team hopes that agencies concerned shall ensure provision of appropriate, timely and responsive interventions.

“True to our commitment to protect children, the CWC is strengthening the MRRS by drafting a proposed Executive Order (EO) adopting the Expanded Comprehensive Program Framework for Children in Situations of Armed Conflict and directs national government agencies and local government units to protect children from grave child rights violation” ... CWC Executive Director Brenda Vigo said.  The EO is being finalized by Office of Presidential Adviser on the Peace Process (OPAPP) and will be submitted to the President for approval.

The CWC is also currently conducting an orientation on the MRRS protocol for social workers, teachers, police officers, and health workers.  The protocol outlines the flow of reporting of child rights violations and the provision of immediate response.

With strong support from the CWC Chairperson and DSWD Secretary Corazon Juliano-Soliman, she mentioned that to further ensure the protection of children from abuse and exploitation, the CWC is also pushing for the passage of the Special Protection of Children in Situations of Armed Conflict (CSAC) Bill. The bill seeks to provide for a comprehensive protection, rehabilitation and reintegration of children in situations of armed conflict.  This bill also imposes penalty on parents who encourage their children to join armed groups.

For further inquiries, please contact:

Ms. Grace Cymbeline R. T. Alejandrino/Ms.Lee Aguila

Tel. No. 740-5490; 781-1039 loc. 2004/2005

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