Push for children’s welfare continues
ROXAS CITY (26 April) -- The city government here is not losing sight of its commitment to implement projects geared towards the promotion of children’s welfare and protection of their rights for survival, development, protection and participation.
The technical working group of the Roxas City Council for the Protection of Children (RCCPC) convened April 26 to review priority activities in a work program that it has formulated within the framework of a United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF)-assisted country program for children in the Philippines which is now on its sixth phase.
Lorelei Piansay, City Planning and Development Officer and overall coordinator of the city program, said one of their priority tasks is to establish a database for children that would be useful for future planning and program implementation.
The inter-agency council has developed a data-gathering instrument for the purpose, Piansay said.
The council is also in the process of formulating a local development plan for children in coordination with the national Council for the Welfare of Children (CWC).
The plan is one of the so-called Four Gifts that have been committed by the Philippine government to UNICEF for Filipino children especially in areas covered by the UN Country Program for Children. Capiz is one of the provinces covered by the program.
The other gifts are the local development investment plan for children, children’s code and the annual state of the children’s report and its accompanying children’s congress.
President Arroyo has said that “we have to invest in the future and the young people; it’s really time to turn over the country to them or to prepare the country for them.”
“We have to look for how to make life better for them, how to bring our country to First World status by the time they are the ones running it,” added the President.
Piansay said the city government will sustain its activities to meet its commitment to make Roxas City child-friendly. (PIA) [top]