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

Our Vision

Child Rights Network envisions a world where all children enjoy their human rights through responsive laws and policies.

Our Mission

  • 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

Our Accomplishments

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

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

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.

Our Members

Active Vista is a learning institution run by DAKILA. DAKILA is an organization of artists, cultural and development activists, students, young professionals and individuals building a movement of heroism towards social transformation.

Action for the Care and Development of the Poor in the Philippines (ACAP) is a non-profit organization dedicated to empowering marginalized youth in the Philippines through education, art and skills development.

Antique Federation of Non-Government Organizations (AFON), registered with the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) in 1989, has been proactively implementing programs for the engagement of the civil society and/or nongovernment organizations in government’s development projects since 2004, covering topics such as health service delivery, peace and development, project development and management, and local economic development.

Asmae is committed to supporting the poorest children, and to promoting their independence through education and protection. Faithful to the values of listening and reciprocity disseminated 30 years ago by Sister Emmanuelle, Asmae’s current teams continue to work together with local associations to provide advice and support.

AKAP is the Child Rights Desk of the Ateneo Human Rights Center established in 1993. In harmony with the Filipino term “akap,” which means “to embrace,” the AKAP desk embraces all children and advocates for the promotion and protection of their rights. It is one of the first law groups in the country to specialize in this area of human rights advocacy and has been at the forefront of advocating for children’s rights legislation in the Philippines. AKAP has now expanded its work to Southeast Asia to come up with a comprehensive agenda for children within the ASEAN Region.

The Ateneo Migration Center will make use of the three-fold function of the University in its aim to arrive at ecologically sound, gender responsive & culturally sensitive responses to migration concerns. Informed by the rights-based framework, these responses will be pursued in a manner that is collaborative and participatory.

Bahay Tuluyan is a children’s rights organization working to prevent and respond to abuse and violence against children. We achieve this through dynamic collaboration with and empowerment of children, youth, families and the community. We operate in Manila, Laguna and Quezon running 11 different programs.

Center for the Prevention & Treatment of Child Sexual Abuse (CPTCSA) is focused on working towards a safe world for children free from sexual abuse and exploitation.

CAMELEON stands and acts as a model institution that promotes the empowerment and development of children and their families through education, advocacy and other psychosocial interventions. Its main thrust is to provide rehabilitation services to sexually abused girls in Western Visayas.

Child Alert Mindanao is a Davao City based NGO working in partnership with UNICEF, AWO Int’l, DKA, PIA and CIFA to enchance the capacity of communities to protect children.

ChildFund protects children’s well-being by strengthening relationships among children, parents, community members, local organizations, teachers and schools, governments and others. Together, we improve children’s lives — at every age, from infancy to young adulthood — with better nutrition, health, safety, education and skills so it’s possible for them to dream, achieve their potential and contribute to their communities.

CHILDInitiative or Community’s Hope and Initiative for Lasting Development, Incorporated (formerly CHILD, Inc.) is a parent-managed child-focused, non-profit and disability-inclusive organization that aims to protect and empower children, youth and their communities in the most marginalized situations in Western Visayas region, Philippines. Having existed since the 1980’s, we champion children and youth in all dimensions.

Children’s Legal Rights and Development Center, Inc. is a non-stock, non-profit legal resource human rights organization for children committed to advancing children’s rights and welfare through the provision of its services based on human rights developmental framework approach and methodologies.

The Council for the Welfare of Children is focal government inter-agency body providing dynamic leadership in ensuring a child-friendly and child sensitive society where every child fully enjoys his/her rights. It is mandated to coordinate the implementation and enforcement of all laws; formulate, monitor and evaluate policies, programs and measures for children.

DAKILA, Philippine Collective for Modern Heroism, is a group of artists, students, and individuals committed to working together to creatively spark social consciousness formation towards social change.

E-Net Philippines, as a network of civil society, is a venue for pushing education reforms and for complementing, consolidating and integrating various initiatives of civil society organizations. E-Net works to connect various civil society organizations involved in the education sector, and connect these efforts with government education programs so that positive changes in policy and practice may be created to expand civil society influence in effecting positive changes in education.

EDUCO is a global development NGO with over 25 years’ experience acting in favor of children and in defense of their rights, especially the right to equitable, quality education. EDUCO is also a member of ChildFund Alliance.

Good Neighbors (GN) is an international, nonprofit humanitarian organization that plans, implements, and raises funds for the provision of services in child education, community development, health, sanitation, and disaster relief projects. In 1996, GN obtained a General Consultative status with the United Nations Economic and Social Council (UN ECOSOC).

The Humanitarian Legal Assistance Foundation, Inc. (HLAF) is a non-government and a non-profit organisation registered with the Philippine Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC). Founded in 2001, HLAF envisions a world order founded on the universal respect for human rights, especially for the right and freedom against arbitrary and unjust imprisonment, in all its forms.

Humanity & Inclusion is an independent and impartial international aid organization working in situations of poverty and exclusion, conflict and disaster. Working alongside persons with disabilities and other vulnerable groups throughout the world, our action and testimony are focused on responding to their essential needs, improving their living conditions and promoting respect for their dignity and their fundamental rights.

Inclusion Initiative, also known as IAMYOU was formed to spearhead a campaign for inclusion in the Philippines. IAMYOU envisions communities where children are afforded their equal rights and opportunities to quality education regardless of his/her socioeconomic status, gender, ethnicity, religion, ability, or sexual orientation; differences are celebrated and supported; children with disabilities are educated alongside his/her peers in the classroom and; children are taught in a learner-centered, safe and friendly environment.

JJCICSI’s work is strategically focused on empowering local actors as a core component of its research and advocacy involvement. The Institute has also ventured into developing projects that benefit the urban and rural poor, women, and children. At the same time, the Institute is engaged in mentoring, training, and providing consulting services, as well as the production of manuals, templates, and other tools to attain its goals of poverty alleviation and integral human development. Unifying and animating all these are the Institute’s initiatives in disseminating Catholic Social Teaching and collaborating with the local church in its mission of promoting “the faith that does justice.”

Kaisahang Buhay Foundation Inc. is a private, non-profit, child and family welfare organization, duly licensed and accredited by the Department of Social Welfare and Development. It is registered with the Securities and Exchange Commission, and certified as a donee institution by the Bureau of Internal Revenue and the Philippine Council for NGO Certification.

Established in 2002, Kadtabanga Foundation is a non-profit, non-stock organization that facilitates community development in ARMM particularly Maguindanao.

Based on the Children’s Rights Convention, which states that children have rights, KIYO, as a recognized Belgian NGO, wants to ensure that all children have the opportunity and are able to claim their rights. In order to get there, KIYO raises awareness about the existence of children’s rights and provides expertise in realizing children’s rights in its countries of operation.

NORFIL Foundation was founded in 1984 by social work professional Ms. Angela Maria Pangan, with help from Ms. Berit Gronvold, a Norwegian whose family did volunteer work in Pampanga and saw the need to extend more help and services to children in need.

Moro Women Development and Cultural Center, Inc. (MWDECC) is a non-government organization that was created in 2008 but officially registered at Security and Exchange Commission (SEC) on July 22, 2009 with Registration No. CN200928142. It aims to provide the multifaceted needs of women, especially the Bangsamoro women situated in conflict-affected areas. It shall pave the avenue not only for women’s personal development but their active involvement in socio-economic and cultural development of the nation. Women behind this organization are committed to devote their skills, capacities and services to the fullest.

Parola Santuwaryo is an organization that focuses to meet needs of children-survivors of human trafficking in the Philippines. It provides a safe haven and professional rehabilitation services so children can successfully be reintegrated back into family life and society.

The Advocate Right to Safety Zone for Children Project (ARTS ZONE Project) is a creative campaign that promotes children’s rights to safety and protection from any form of violence and abuse. It specifically promotes positive disciple as an alternative to corporal punishment. It aspires to ensure a child’s positive growth and active participation towards reaching his/her full potential.

PFP is an NGO established in 1987 whose mission is to be proactive, self-reliant, and a leading advocate for a child’s right to a family.

The Philippine Legislators’ Committee on Population and Development Foundation, Inc. (PLCPD) was established in September 1989 by a group of forward-looking legislators as a non-stock, nonprofit, membership-type organization of legislators from the Senate and House of Representatives.

Plan International is a development and humanitarian organization that has been working in the Philippines since 1961. We strive for a just world, working together with children, young people, our supporters, and partners to advance children’s rights and equality for girls.

Samahan ng Mamamayan – Zone One Tondo, Inc. (SM-ZOTO), also known as Samahan ng Mamamayan-ZOTO is a federation of urban poor community groups based in relocation sites and areas for demolition in the Philippines. Established in October 20, 1970, ZOTO is the oldest urban poor organization in the Philippines.

Save the Children, the world’s leading independent children’s organization, has been working in the Philippines for over three decades and is dedicated to helping children. Save the Children’s work is focused on helping children gain access to quality education and health services, support them in times of great need, and protect them from harm.

Tebtebba (Indigenous Peoples’ International Centre for Policy Research and Education) is an indigenous peoples’ organization born out of the need for heightened advocacy to have the rights of indigenous peoples respected, protected and fulfilled worldwide. It also advocates and works on the elaboration and operationalization of indigenous peoples’ sustainable, self-determined development. Tebtebba actively engaged in the processes which led to the adoption of international human rights law and other international instruments, policies and agreements.

The terre des hommes Germany (tdh Germany) is an international organisation that promotes children’s rights in the context of development policy. It works for the creation of a just and peaceful world for all children of today and of the generations to come. It does not directly implement projects but support the work of local organizations in protecting children affected by armed conflict, children in conflict with the law, and children experiencing abuse, violence and exploitation. It supports

Terres des Hommes prevents children from being exploited, removes children from exploitation situations and ensures that these children can develop in a safe environment. Terres des Hommes Netherlands focuses on the following key child rights abuse issues: child labor, child trafficking and migration, sexual exploitation of children, and child abuse.

The Teacher’s Gallery (TTG) aims to offer learning opportunities related to inclusive education to both teachers and the broader education community that inspire transformational change and provide the community with the tools necessary to enact this change.

Unang Hakbang Foundation (UHF) exists to help children on the streets and in very poor communities nurture their ability to expand their life options and become the best they can be. Through its educational assistance program, Aral Kalinga (AK), UHF provides tutorials in reading, writing, and math to those at-risk of dropping out of school to help them keep up with their schoolwork and to nudge them to raise their aspirations.

Running parallel to AK is a formation program based on the proposition that it is our experiences that shape us. At the heart of this formation program, Buhay Kalinga (BK), is a bundle of activities intended to test the children’s limits, develop their ability to interact and empathize with others and be reflective. Among these are a peer tutorial program and a child-to-child rights training program.

UNICEF is an agency of the United Nations devoted to serving the world’s children. UNICEF began providing assistance to the Philippines in November 1948. Since then, we and the Philippine government have been partners in protecting Filipino children.

UNICEF Philippines has more than 60 people working to promote and protect the rights of children. We aim to provide the best quality of life for every Filipino child through programmes that help them survive and flourish.

VIDES Philippines Volunteers Foundation, Inc. is a duly registered non-government organization with the Securities and Exchange Commission since 2001. It is also licensed to operate by the Department of Social Welfare and Development since 2008. VIDES stands for Volunteers International for Development, Education, and Solidarity.

Virlanie Foundation, Inc. is a non-stock, non-profit, non-sectarian, Filipino institution that empowers, loves and protects the abandonned, abused, exploited, neglected, orphaned, and those among the poorest of the poor children.

World Vision Development Foundation is a global humanitarian organization devoted to improving the lives of families and communities to overcome poverty. World Vision is a thread that brings people together, enabling Filipinos to build a better world for children.

The Y-PEER youth peer education network of organizations and institutions, working in the field of sexual and reproductive health in 52 countries throughout the world.