Child Rights Network is the largest alliance of organizations and agencies pushing for children’s rights legislation in the Philippines.
- To engage legislators, civil society, children, and other stakeholders in the development and enactment of child-responsive laws and policies
- To build new and harness existing committed champion legislators on specific issues concerning the rights of children
- To support the gathering, updating, and making accessible evidence-based data in aid of legislation
- To inspire a wider public support to and active participation in legislative work for children
- To engage children in legislative work in a meaningful way, according to their evolving capacities and to integrate child participation in all legislative agenda
- To advocate for progressively increasing relevant public investment and its responsible and accountable utilization for children in and through legislation
- To vigilantly and critically monitor the implementation of laws for children and launch appropriate action to ensure their meaningful participation
Solo Parents Welfare Act
Republic Act 8972
Enacted in 2000
The Solo Parents Welfare Act provides benefits and privileges to solo parents and their children. They can enjoy benefits such as flexible work schedule, protection from work discrimination, and entitlement to parental leave.
Early Childhood Care and Development Act
Republic Act 8980
Enacted in 2000
The Early Childhood Care and Development Act provides a comprehensive policy and national system for early childhood care and development (ECCD). This puts in place a national policy framework that covers the full range of ECCD (health, nutrition, early education and social services programs) that supports the holistic needs of young children from birth to age six (6).
Child Protection Act
Republic Act 7610
Enacted in 2007
The Child Protection Act provides stronger protection for children against child abuse, exploitation and discrimination. The law ushered the creation of a comprehensive program on child abuse, exploitation and discrimination to protect children against various kinds of abuse.
Anti-Violence Against Women and Their Children Act
Republic Act 9262
Enacted in 2004
The Anti-Violence Against Women and Their Children Act defines violence against women and their children. The law also provides a concrete framework on penalties and protective measures for victims.
Children in Emergencies Act
Republic Act 10821
Enacted in 2016
Juvenile Justice and Welfare Act
RAs 9344 and 10630
Enacted in 2005 and 2012
The Juvenile Justice and Welfare Act raised the minimum age of criminal responsibility of children from 9 years old to 15 years old. However, the child shall be subjected to an intervention program. Children who are above 15 years old but below 18 years old are to be provided care in the Bahay Pag-asa.
Anti-Child Pornography Act
Republic Act 9775
Enacted in 2009
The Anti-Child Pornography Act defines and penalizes the crime of child pornography. This strengthened the continuous efforts to protect every child from all forms of exploitation and abuse.