About Us

Children’s Legal Bureau Inc. (CLB) is a non-stock, non-profit and SEC-registered organization that aims to empower communities to provide a just world for children through developmental legal aid, trainings and advocacy.
Children’s Legal Bureau, Inc. is granted a donee status by the Philippine Council for NGO Certification (PCNC) and is licensed by the Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD).


It is also accredited in the local governments of Cebu Province, Cebu City, Lapu-lapu City, Mandaue City, Talisay City, City of Naga, Minglanilla, Balamban, Compostela, Danao and Cordova.


Situational Analysis

The society has always treated children as inferior. Their views are seldom heard in decision-making processes and their needs are at times ignored. Children and physically vulnerable because they are small and weak and thus, are often abused. Because of the recognition that children have different needs from the adults, the United Nations adopted the Convention on the Rights of the Child in 1989. However, until the present, children’s rights continue to be violated. Child abuse cases are increasing and this range from physical, sexual to psychological abuses.

The problem of child labor,prostitution, trafficking and street children are still very much present. Many of the children in conflict with the law are not provided with adequate rehabilitation facilities.

In the Philippines, the political, legal and cultural system is generally not protective of the rights of the child. The present laws are inadequate in meeting the special needs of the children given their physical, mental and psychological state. Although there have been recent laws enacted to implement the Convention on the Rights of the Child such as Republic Act 7610

(Special Protection Act for Children), Children’s Television Act, Family Courts Act, Supreme Court Rules on Presentation of Child Witness and Juvenile in Conflict with the Law, and recently, the Anti-Trafficking in Persons Act, the Juvenile Justice and Welfare Act and the Anti-Child Pornography law, these laws are still inadequate and their implementation is weak.

Aside from the laws, the government structure itself is not designed to be child sensitive. Personnel in government from the local government to the national government including the courts are treating children as second class citizens. The community and sometimes even the family itself are not aware of the rights of the children and do not protect their rights such as in child labor cases, most of them arise out of the Filipino value of work.

Because of this situation, there is a need to change the present child insensitive system to a child sensitive one.

This is where the programs and services of Children’s Legal Bureau come in. CLB provides development legal aid to children and organizes the five pillars of justice at the local level for a more child sensitive judicial system.

 



Target Group/ Beneficiaries
The children of Cebu province, particularly the abused/ exploited and children in conflict with the law (CICL).



The five pillars of justice and concerned agencies for capacity building and organizing efforts.

The client/beneficiares of CLB are the primarily the abused and exploited children and other children in need of special protection eg. children in conflict with the law.

Because CLB believes that providing legal assistance to children is only one of the interventions to promote the rights of children, it also provides trainings to the five pillars of justice, i.e., law enforcement, prosecution, corrections, judiciary and the community including agencies that are concerned with children such as the Social Welfare Office, Department of Education, among others as well as advocate to policy makers for more child sensitive laws and policies


Strategies

Organizing the 5 pillars of justice in the provincial, city and municipal levels.

Organizing and enabling the children and families as children’s rights advocates.

Provision of developmental legal aid to children who are victims of abuse and children in conflict with the law.

Policy development and advocacy on laws, ordinances and regulations affecting children.

Organizing and strengthening the Barangay Council for the Protection of Children (BCPC) particularly the Diversion Committee.

Advocacy campaign on children’s rights and juvenile justice.

Networking and linkaging with other service providers and children’s rights advocates from government organizations, civil society and private sector.

Protocol observance as an organizational culture.

Facilitating multi-stakeholder/multi-disciplinary team strategy as an approach in handling child-related cases.

Ensuring sustainability of programs and services.

 

 

#10 Queen's Road, Baranggay Kamputhaw, Cebu City 6000
Philippines

Office Hour:
Monday - Friday
8:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.


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