Unicef extends support to women and children programs in Mt Province
by Andrew Doga-ong
Bontoc, Mt. Province (21 May) -- Women and children's program in Mountain Province got a boost with the United Nations Children's Fund (UNICEF) extending its financial support for two more years starting this year.
This as the Six Country Program for Children, the UNICEF's latest funded program in the country, ended last year. UNICEF has been providing financial assistance for health and children programs in the province for almost two decades.
Out of the 24 UNICEF assisted provinces and cities in the country, six provinces including Mountain Province were given continued financial help from the UN body, according to Dr. Martha Cayad-an, UNICEF program coordinator of the province.
Cayad-an said they have already approved the work and financial plan of Mt. Province for 2010 adding that the sectoral implementers can now request funding for their respective planned activities.
The two more year partnership of UNICEF and Mt. Province will still focus on implementing interventions to enhance health and nutrition, child protection, early childhood care and development and local governance. The planned activities are also geared towards sustaining and scaling up the gains in the Child Friendly Movement (CFM).
The continued UNICEF support to the province is the offshoot of the visit of UNICEF Country Representative Vanessa Tobin and New Zealand Ambassador Andrew Matheson in the province where both pledged to work out for the continued financial aid to fund women and children programs in the area.
Both Tobin and Matheson, in their visit expressed elation on what they described as 'satisfactory and encouraging implementation of children and women's program in Mt. Province.' They also took cognizance on the progress made by various sectors of the province to operationalize the broad-based CFM.
The New Zealand government has been giving financial support to Mt. Province through the UNICEF. (PIA MP) [top]