About CRN

Child Rights Network (CRN) is the largest alliance of organizations and agencies pushing for children’s rights legislation in the Philippines.


For nearly two decades, CRN has worked together with various stakeholders, experts, government agencies, and legislators to pass legislation that focus on children’s rights, well-being, and safety. Since 2007, CRN has ushered the passage of 16 of these laws, which include the Juvenile Justice and Welfare Act of 2007, the Children in Emergencies Act of 2016, and the Prohibition of Child Marriage Act of 2021.


CRN has a membership of 57 national, international, and local organizations across the country, including two government agencies. Learn more about our members here.

Legislative Agenda

As a State Party to the United Nations Convention on the Rights of the Child (UNCRC), the Philippines has a state obligation to enact measures to ensure the survival, development, protection, and participation of children.

Child Rights Network (CRN) is pushing for responsive laws and policies that enable children to enjoy their human rights, which are enshrined in the UNCRC.

Shutting Down the Online Child Sexual Exploitation and Abuse

Increasing the Age to Determine Statutory Rape

Prevention of Adolescent Pregnancy

Protecting Children from Tobacco and the Tobacco Industry

Promoting Positive and Non-Violent Forms of Discipline

Strengthening the Philippine Civil Registration and Vital Statistics System

Developing Human Trafficking Prevention Education

Establishing the Framework on the Magna Carta of Children

Supporting the Bangsamoro Children’s Code

Establishment of the Philippine Commission on Children

Promoting Children’s Right to a Healthy Environment

Providing Social Protection for Children Affected by the Campaign Against Illegal Drugs


Press Release – Child Rights Network: PH will renege on international commitments on children’s rights if mandatory ROTC is introduced in senior high

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For immediate release May 29, 2019 – To introduce mandatory military training for senior high school students aged 16 to below 18 is tantamount to the Philippines reneging in past…

On 13th anniv of JJWA: Child rights advocates renew call on legislators to retain MACR at 15

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Reference: Mr. Romeo Dongeto, PLCPD (Child Rights Network Convenor) 20 May 2019 – As the nation commemorates the 13th year of the effectivity of the Juvenile Justice and Welfare Act…

Upcoming UNCRC doc stands against lowering of MACR

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6 February 2019 – An upcoming document from the United Nations Committee on the Rights of the Child (UNCRC) supports the growing call from various sectors and groups in the…