1946 UNICEF is created by the United Nations to provide emergency aid to children after World War II.
1979 UNICEF begins the First Country Programme for Children (CPC 1) in the Philippines. The agency goes beyond emergency care to long-term development work – health, nutrition, education, and local development projects for children.
1984 The first case of HIV infection in the Philippines is reported.
1986 President Corazon Aquino issues Executive Order 51 or the Philippine Milk Code.
1990 The Philippines ratifies the Convention on the Rights of the Child – what would become the most widely accepted human rights treaty in history (to date, it has been accepted by 192 countries). The Philippines is the 31st country to adopt it.
1991 President Corazon Aquino signs the World Declaration on the Survival Protection and Development of Children. The Framework for the National Plan of Action for Children is launched.
1995 The ASIN law (An Act for Salt Iodization Nationwide), is signed into law to combat iodine deficiency disorders.
2000 The Philippines is certified as polio-free.
2000 The Philippines adopts the framework for the development of local policies and plans for children, also known as “Child 21”.
2000 The Early Childhood Care and Development Act is signed into law. It protects the right of every young child to learn.
2003 The Anti-trafficking in Persons Act of 2003 is signed into law.
2006 The Juvenile Justice and Welfare Act is signed into law.
2007 The Days of Peace Campaign, an advocacy visit to deliver basic services for children in situations of armed conflict, was held in Mindanao with popular rock band and UNICEF National Ambassador Bamboo.
2008 The UN Secretary General's Special Representative for Children and Armed Conflict Radhika Coomaraswamy visits the Philippines to assess the situation of children in armed conflict. The SRSG enters into an agreement with the Moro Islamic Liberation Front (MILF) to release children from their ranks.