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PIA Press Release
2007/09/17

Antique barangay officials to train on child-friendly governance

by PS Mabaquiao

San Jose, Antique (17 September) -- Barangay officials of five towns identified as priority areas for the Country Program for Children will attend training on child friendly governance particularly activating the Barangay Council for the Protection of Children.

Rosario F. Maza, Provincial Director of the Department of Interior and Local Government said the Barangay Council for the Protection of Children (BCPC) should be activated to respond to the needs of children especially towards fulfilling their rights.

Among the topics to be discussed in the training are the functions of the Local Council for the Protection of Children, promoting child friendly governance, the Millenium Development Goals, Country Program for Children and the Convention on the rights of the Child.

The Province of Antique as a recipient of financial and technical assistance from the United Nations Children's Fund (UNICEF) has been implementing various programs towards achieving its vision of becoming child friendly.

Creation of BCPC was mandated under Presidential Decree 603 or the Child and Youth Welfare Code to ensure children are protected against all forms of abuse and exploitation. Other categories of child's rights are survival, participation and development rights which covers education.

Meanwhile, President Gloria Macapagal Arroyo recently organized members of the Presidential Coordinating Task Force on Education who would assess plans and set the policy direction in reforming the country's education system.

Last August, the President signed Executive Order No. 652 creating the task force to ensure the provision of quality education for Filipinos to develop world-class human resource and thereby accelerate the Philippines' ranking in global competitiveness. (PIA) [top]

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