WHO WE ARE

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

OUR VISION

Nurture a world where all children enjoy their human rights through responsive laws and policies

OUR MISSION

Usher the development and enactment of child-responsive laws and policies by directly engaging legislators, civil society, children, and other stakeholders

Build new and harness existing committed champion legislators for children’s rights issues

Undertake data gathering, updating, and data sharing efforts to ensure the availability and accessibility of evidence-based information in aid of legislation

Drumbeat wider public support, information dissemination, and active participation in children-focused legislative work

Concretely integrate child participation in legislative work and governance, according to their evolving capacities

Advocate for progressively increasing relevant public investment and its responsible and accountable utilization for children in and through legislation

Serve as a vigilant and critical oversight mechanism that tirelessly monitors the implementation of laws for children and launch appropriate action to ensure their meaningful participation

OUR VALUES

  • Uphold children’s rights enshrined in the United Nations Convention on the Rights of the Child

  • Put the best interest of the child in all legislation

  • Uphold the meaningful participation of children in all levels of legislation

  • Ensure active engagement of the public in legislative work

  • Facilitate collaboration between and among policymakers and stakeholders, utilizing inter-disciplinary approaches in mainstreaming children’s rights in legislation

OUR ACCOMPLISHMENTS

Solo Parents Welfare Act

Republic Act 8972

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

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).

Anti-Trafficking in Persons Act

Republic Act 9208

The Anti-Trafficking in Persons Act criminalizes trafficking for the purposes of exploitation, including overt acts such as trafficking under the guise of arranged marriage, adoption, sex tourism, prostitution, pornography, or the recruitment of children into armed conflict.

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 in conflict with the law shall be subjected to an intervention program. Children who are above 15 years old but below 18 years old and above 12 but below 15 years old who commit serious offenses are to be provided care in the Bahay Pag-asa.

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

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 victim-survivors.

Children in Emergencies Act

Republic Act 10821

Enacted in 2016

The Children in Emergencies Act mandates the provision of emergency relief and protection for children before, during, and after disasters and other emergency situations.

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.

Children in Situations of Armed Conflict Act

Republic Act 11188

Enacted in 2019

The Children in Situations of Armed Conflict Act declares children as “zones of peace,” aimed at protecting children in situations of armed conflict from all forms of abuse and violence and prosecute persons or groups violating the measure.

Philippine HIV and AIDS Policy Act

Republic Act 11166

Enacted in 2016

Philippine HIV and AIDS Policy Act expanded the scope of the law it replaced, the 21-year-old Philippine AIDS Prevention and Control Act of 1998, to ensure that health services for HIV and AIDS become more accessible to Filipinos.

First 1000 Days Act

Republic Act 11148

Enacted in 2018

The First 1,000 Days Act seeks to expand the country’s nutrition and health programs to cover children from the first day of the mother’s pregnancy up to their first two years of life.

Prohibition of Child Marriage Act

Republic Act 11596

Enacted in 2021

The Prohibition of Child Marriage Act seeks to protect children by prohibiting the practice of child marriage and declaring child marriage as illegal and imposing penalties for violations.

Domestic Administrative Adoption and Alternative Child Care Act

Republic Act 11642

Enacted in 2022

The Domestic Administrative Adoption and Alternative Child Care Act simplifies domestic adoption processes and makes it less expensive.

Increasing the Age for Determining the Commission of Statutory Rape Act

Republic Act 11648

Enacted in 2022

The Increasing the Age to Determine the Commission of Statutory Rape Act amends extant Philippine laws to raise the age of sexual consent from the current 12 years old to 16 years old to protect young people from sexual exploitation and abuse.

Inclusive Education for Learners with Disabilities Act

Republic Act 11650

Enacted in 2022

The Inclusive Education for Learners with Disabilities Act mandates all schools nationwide to make sure that learners with disabilities are given inclusive access to education.

OUR MEMBERS

THE SECRETARIAT

Philippine Legislators’ Committee on Population and Development (PLCPD)

PLCPD is the lead convenor of Child Rights Network (CRN). Established in September 1989 by a group of forward-looking from the Senate and House of Representatives, PLCPD is committed to working with and among legislative bodies from the national down to the local level. The organization is devoted to developing policy champions and generating viable, responsive, and people-centered public policies on population and human development. Engaging a wide and diverse range of individuals, groups and organizations, PLCPD has, through the years, become an empowering and building institution, harnessing the people’s active participation in policymaking.

Romeo Dongeto

Executive Director, PLCPD

Romeo Dongeto is the executive director of PLCPD, which serves as the lead convenor of CRN. He has decades of experience in leading policy development and campaigns aligned with human development issues. During the 1980s, Mr. Dongeto was a cultural worker, songwriter-performer and an advocate of people’s art and literature for social change.

Nenita Dalde

Advocacy and Partnerships Manager, PLCPD

Nenita Dalde serves as the Focal Person of CRN. She has decades of experience in advocacy work, particularly in devising communication and advocacy strategies for key human development issues.