Misamis Oriental moves to protect children's rights and welfare
by Jenny G. Tantuico
Cagayan de Oro City (21 August) -- TO set the pace for the future policy formulation and implementation of the programs and projects for the rights and welfare of the children in Misamis Oriental, the Provincial Government convened the Provincial Council for the Protection of Children (PCPC) last August 15 at the VIP Hotel, Cagayan de Oro City.
The Council is tasked to coordinate with city and municipal governments, including the barangays, in the creation and organization of the City/Municipal Council for the Protection of Children (C/MCPC) and the Barangay Council for the Protection of Children (BCPC).
The PCPC shall ensure the effective implementation of the Philippine Government's commitment to the Convention of the Rights of the Child, and the Philippine Strategic Framework for Children in the 21st Century.
The PCPC is composed of the provincial governor, chairperson of the Sangguniang Panlalawigan Committee on women and family affairs, chairperson of the Sangguniang Panlalawigan Committee on Peace and Order and Public Safety, the Provincial Planning and Development Officer, the Provincial Labor and Employment Officer, the Provincial Health Officer, the Schools Division Superintendent, the Provincial ECCD Officer, the Provincial Prosecutor, the Provincial Federation President of the Sangguniang Kabataan, at least three representatives from non-government organizations, the Provincial President of the Association of Barangay Council, members of the Provincial Local Finance Committee, the Provincial Nutrition Officer, the DILG provincial director, the provincial director of Philippine National Police, President of the League of Municipalities, a representative from the Philippine Information Agency, the Provincial Attorney, Child representative, and the Federated President of the City/Municipal Social Welfare and Development Officers.
Misamis Oriental Governor Oscar S. Moreno, in his opening statement, said, "the Provincial Government of Misamis Oriental has labored to come up with a responsive, timely, and meaningful Children's Code that is worthy of its objectives, which are to protect and advance the future of our children."
He said the promulgation of this Code is very important because it completes the four criteria by which the UNICEF considers a locality child-friendly.
"This will provide the policies that will guide us to implement our development agenda, ensuring that our children's interests are given top priority alongside our other development goals, he said, adding that it will also provide the framework and mechanisms in dealing with children and ensuring their best interest in every way.
"This is an investment of our future, and I urge everyone to work tirelessly to give meaning to the policies and objectives," Gov. Moreno said.
On the other hand, the presiding officer Vice Governor Norris C. Babiera said in his message that "the Comprehensive Children's Welfare Code of Misamis Oriental is a product of pro-active legislation that embraces the dreams and aspiration of the people of the province."
"Collectively crafted by hands that care, minds that understand and hearts that feel, this Children's Welfare Code speaks much of our vision and of how we see the future, and of how we, as one family, want to build it today," he said.
Executive Assistant Teodoro A. Sabuga-a, Jr., acting Provincial Social Welfare & Development Officer, said, "the Comprehensive Children's Welfare Code of Misamis Oriental is undeniably a milestone legislation for the entire province, advocated since the first term of Gov. Oscar S. Moreno and approved by the Sangguniang Panlalawigan under the pro-active leadership of Vice Gov. Norris Babiera." (PIA-MisOrOccCam) [top]