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National children’s conference set in Danao City today

By Minerva BC Newman

Cebu City (28 October) -- Seventy-four (74) children from all over the Philippines gathered today at the Intosan Resort Hotel and Restaurant in Danao City, Cebu to participate in a two-day National Children’s Conference on October 28-29, 2006 on the theme, “One Caring and Sharing Community for Children.”

The conference aims to: (1) Review the progress of achieving commitments made on the Siem Reap Declaration and in relation to the World Fit for Children (WFFC) and Millennium Development Goals (MDGs); (2) Formulate a national agenda to be brought to the proposed SEA Conference; (3) Set criteria of children participants to the SEA Conference; and (4) Identify children facilitators to the SEA Conference.

Teodulo Romo, regional director of the Dept. of Social Welfare & Development (DSWD) in the region, in his keynote message said, “No child shall be lost upon birth and we see to it that every child enjoys his/her rights. Our greatest challenge therefore, is to translate into concrete actions the UN-CRC, the MDG by adopting a common agenda to eradicate poverty and hunger; education for all children; gender equality; healthcare services and the protection of the environment, among other issues. Romo added.

Romo also acknowledged the important role of the various non-government organizations (NGOs) in partnerships with the national, regional and local government units in making the Millennium Development Goals a reality.

Romo further said that the government has made commitments and program initiatives to improve the conditions and situations of the Filipino children, especially the eradication of poverty and hunger. He said, the Arroyo administration has fast tracked the asset reform program to curb the imbalance of wealth and equity distribution.

Strengthening the micro-enterprise development (micro-financing) at the grassroots level has been a consistent program of government to fight poverty and the localization of anti-poverty programs with the strong partnerships with the various sectors in society, has also been adopted to improve the situation of children in the country, Romo added.

The National Children’s Conference is organized by the Unicef, the National Council for the Welfare of Children in partnerships with the National Committee on Child and Youth Participation and some 32 NGOs in the country and it is facilitated by 13 children facilitators. (PIA-Cebu) [top]

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