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 Children in Emergencies Act of 2016, the Prohibition of Child Marriage Act of 2021, and the Increasing the Age for Determining the Commission of Statutory Rape Act of 2022.


CRN has a membership of 58 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.

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Shutting Down the Online Child Sexual Exploitation and Abuse

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Increasing the Age to Determine Statutory Rape

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Prevention of Adolescent Pregnancy

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Protecting Children from Tobacco and the Tobacco Industry

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Promoting Positive and Non-Violent Forms of Discipline

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Strengthening the Philippine Civil Registration and Vital Statistics System

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Developing Human Trafficking Prevention Education

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Establishing the Framework on the Magna Carta of Children

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Supporting the Bangsamoro Children’s Code

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Establishment of the Philippine Commission on Children

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Promoting Children’s Right to a Healthy Environment

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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…