Council for Welfare of Children (CWC)

The Council for the Welfare of Children (CWC) plays a significant role in the Philippines, leading the way in formulating policies and implementing programs that prioritize the well-being of the country’s youth. Founded under the auspices of Presidential Decree No. 603, the “Child and Youth Welfare Code,” the Council orchestrates efforts to foster a child-friendly and sensitive society where the rights and welfare of every child are paramount. With a broad spectrum of services from advocacy to emergency response, the CWC reaches out to a diverse audience that includes government bodies, NGOs, and the general public. 

Those looking to benefit from the Council’s offerings can expect a structured approach: from initial request submission to the final receipt of assistance, each step is clearly outlined to ensure that the needs of the children and stakeholders are met effectively and efficiently. Whether you are a policymaker, educator, or concerned citizen, engaging with the CWC promises a pathway to contributing positively to the lives of children across the Philippines.

Council for Welfare of Children
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What is the Council for the Welfare of Children (CWC)?

The Council for the Welfare of Children is the primary agency of the Philippine government responsible for formulating and coordinating policies, programs, and projects in the field of child welfare. Created under Presidential Decree (P.D.) No. 603 in December 1974, known as the “Child and Youth Welfare Code,” the CWC is mandated to ensure that children’s rights are respected and protected in all sectors of society​​.

Significance of the Council

The Council for the Welfare of Children holds immense significance in the Philippines as the focal inter-agency body dedicated to children’s well-being. Established through Presidential Decree 603 (the Child and Youth Welfare Code) in 1974, the CWC plays a significant role in coordinating the implementation and enforcement of all laws related to children. Its mandate extends to formulating, monitoring, and evaluating policies, programs, and measures aimed at safeguarding children’s rights. The Council’s influence is further reinforced by Executive Order No. 806, which affirms its continued function and powers pursuant to the provisions of PD 603 and Executive Order 233. By ensuring a child-friendly and child-sensitive society, the CWC actively contributes to the holistic development and protection of Filipino children.

Legal Basis

The creation and functions of the Council are primarily based on P.D. No. 603, as amended by Executive Order No. 233 series of 1987. These laws empower the CWC to act as the focal government agency providing dynamic leadership to ensure a child-friendly and child-sensitive society where every child fully enjoys his/her rights​​.


The benefits of CWC programs and services contribute significantly to child welfare, including:

  • Ensuring child protection and welfare standards are met nationwide.
  • Coordination and monitoring of children’s programs across various government agencies.
  • Advocacy for children’s rights and mobilization of resources for child welfare services.

Programs / Services Offered

CWC offers various services aimed at promoting children’s welfare, such as:

  1. Advocacy Services: Includes media guesting, interviews, and press releases.
  2. Response Services: Handling inquiries, referrals, and emergencies through the Makabata Helpline.
  3. Technical Assistance: Provided to agencies and partners on child welfare policies and programs.
  4. Provision of Information and Education: Distributing materials and conducting social media postings related to children’s rights and welfare​​.

Eligibility / Qualifications

The services of CWC are available to all stakeholders involved in child welfare, including government agencies, non-governmental organizations, educational institutions, and the general public that deal with child-related issues​​.


Accessing CWC’s services generally requires:

  • Formal requests or letters of intent.
  • Details of the assistance required.
  • Compliance with specific protocols for each service as outlined in the CWC’s citizen’s charter​​.

Step-by-Step Guide on How to Benefit from CWC Services

  1. Identify the Specific Service Needed: Refer to the CWC’s list of services to find the one that suits your needs.
  2. Submit a Request: This can be done via email, letter, or through official communication channels.
  3. Processing of Request: CWC will review and respond to your request based on the complexity and requirements.
  4. Receive Assistance: Once approved, the requested service or support will be provided according to the guidelines.
  5. Follow-up: For ongoing issues or further assistance, maintaining communication with CWC is advised​​.

Recent Updates

Carmona City: A Model for Child-Friendly Cities

Mayor Dahlia A. Loyola, MD, of Carmona City shares their experiences and secrets in becoming a Most Child-Friendly City and a PACFMC Awardee. Tune in to Makabata Tele-Radyo Episode 21 to learn from their success in creating a nurturing environment for children.

Strengthening Efforts for Children’s Rights: CWC and DSWD Hold Joint Chairpersons’ Meeting

The Council for the Welfare of Children and the Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) organized a meeting to discuss updates on programs and activities related to children’s rights. The meeting aimed to enhance programs, policies, and strategies to better serve vulnerable children and promote their well-being.

Reminder: Submit CFLGA Audit Forms by April 25

A reminder is issued to submit CFLGA Audit Forms (1A to 1E and Audit Summary) by April 25, 2024, for consolidation. Recipients are advised to contact Noel Rios for any clarifications or assistance needed.


Video: ISKOOLMATES SHOUTOUT l USec. Angelo Tapales, Council for the Welfare of Children

The Council for the Welfare of Children focuses on addressing children’s mental health and well-being in the observance of the 30th National Children’s Month. With the theme “Kalusugan, Kaisipan at Kapakanan ng Bawat Bata Ating Tutukan,” the kick-off ceremonies bring together participants from various sectors to prioritize the holistic welfare of children.



The Council for the Welfare of Children remains a cornerstone in the Philippine government’s efforts to safeguard and promote the welfare of the youth. By understanding and engaging with the CWC, stakeholders can ensure that children in the country live in a nurturing and supportive environment. The dedication of the Council to improving child welfare reflects its strong commitment to upholding children’s rights and well-being across the nation.

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