CLRDC Celebrates the International Day of the Girl Child

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On October 11, 2013, the Children’s Legal Rights and Development Center (CLRDC) marked the celebration of the International Day of the Girl Child simultaneous with the celebration of the other neighboring Asian countries dubbed as “Asian Girl Campaign 2013”.  As CLRDC celebrates the significance of the said day, it vowed to renew its commitment to promote and protect the human rights of the girl child and affirm its devotion in building a better society for all children. Continue reading


Caring Program for the Children in Conflict with the Law (CICL)

April 18 2013 - CLRDC @ Yakap Bata Holding Center

The Children’s Legal Rights and Development Center (CLRDC), together with KNK Philippines (Kokyo Naki Kodomotachi  or Children Without Borders), organized a joint  voluntary “Caring Program for the Children in Conflict with the Law (CICL)”.  The said program conducts its weekly activities in three centers for CICL – –  Yakap Bata Holding Center, Bahay Sandigan, and Navotas City Jail.

The joint program aims to provide educational development activities for children in prisons.  It also purports to monitor the situation and condition of the children in the said centers to be able to determine the assistance necessary for the improvement of their situations.  The Caring Program activities include artwork, dialogues, workshops and orientations on value formation, leadership and human rights (using the “Play It Right” toolkit courtesy of Equitas International Centre for Human Rights Education).  DKA-Austria interns actively participate by adding more colors to the program through the additional activities they initiated for the CICL such as dancing, singing, and meditation which were greatly appreciated by the said children.


Since April 2013 until July 2013, through this program, CLRDC and KNK were able to provide direct service assistance to at least twenty eight children (both CICL and rescued street children) for their release, shelter, and continuation of their education.

The said program has been running since April 2013 and is being led by CLRDC with the active participation of four (4) Social Work student-interns from DKA-Austria, and two students from Germany, and volunteers from KNK Philippines.

What the Interns say about their work at CLRDC on this program:

“It was such a short time but I had a great working experience with
CLRDC. After I graduate, I would like to work with children in Prison.
CLRDC is a wonderful inspiration, they are voluntarily helping so many kids
– – children in prison, sexually abused children, and street children.
They are a small organization with such a huge mission and a big heart
to give for the children. Their work is incredible and truly amazing. I will
miss my work with them and I will miss the kids that we help.”

– Pia Eckl, Intern April 16 – July 25, 2013
BA Social Work, University of Applied Sciences
FH Campus Wien, Vienna


“CLRDC is like a rainbow, its work is very colorful, it connects
to people, it has different creative aspects of helping the children,
it is shining bright as it goes into the world. It is not limited,
it has ups and downs, yet it stands over the world in the sky because
of its amazing work. I got to love my work at CLRDC. I became inspired,
I want to pursue a Masters in Human Rights and I want to work full time for CLRDC to help the kids.” 

– – Julia Schneider, Intern April 16 – July 25, 2013
BA Social Work student, FH Campus Wien, Vienna

CLRDC at the International Colloquium on Juvenile Justice

March 2013, National Law University, New Delhi, India

CLRDC at the International Colloquium on Juvenile Justice

The Children’s Legal Rights and Development Center (CLRDC), through its Chairperson (Rowena Legaspi), was invited by India-based international NGO HAQ Center for Child Rights to represent the Philippines as a Resource Speaker in an International Colloquium on Juvenile Justice held in New Delhi, India last March 16-18, 2013.

The said international colloquium discussed the comparatives of the juvenile justice systems in some countries represented in the Colloquium such as the Philippines, Thailand, India, Pakistan, Sri Lanka, Bangladesh, Pretoria in South Africa, Canada, the United Kingdom, Washington, and Australia.  It also highlighted the common concerns and issues of the juvenile justice in the said countries in accordance with what the human rights standards provide such as those  indicated in the document on international minimum standards that must be observed in the treatment of persons deprived of liberty.

The said colloquium was the first international colloquium in Asia on juvenile justice.  It aimed at promoting the campaign for the effective implementation of the juvenile justice law in each country and strengthening collaborations between NGOs that advance the human rights of children in prisons.

CLRDC at the International Colloquium on Juvenile Justice
CLRDC at the International Colloquium on Juvenile Justice