Magallanes crafts Children's Code
by BA Recebido
Sorsogon Province (5 June) -- Designed to pursue advocacies on the protection and welfare of children and committed to eliminate all forms of child abuse, the Sangguniang Panlalawigan here has reaffirmed ratification of the Child Code of 2009 of the municipality of Magallanes.
Magallanes Vice Mayor Tito Ragrario, Councilors Loleng Huidem and Milo Buelo jointly authored the Code, the first of its kind in the province,
Officials from the Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) Bicol regional office, who were present during the plenary of the provincial legislative body, said Magallanes is also the Bicol town to have crafted a code for children.
Board Member Arnulfo Perete was also all praises for the Child Code of 2009 describing the ordinance as comprehensive and well-written as it will definitely help in protecting the children from all forms of abuses and exploitation, promote children's rights, improve their quality of life and ensures that children's rights will be put on top among the programs of the municipal government.
Board Member Rosario Diaz, chair of the Gender and Development Committee, said that the Code adopts the national and international concepts provided in the various national laws and other statutes.
Diaz stressed it provides the mandates, roles and involvement of practically all offices of the municipal government such as the Municipal Social Welfare and Development Office, Health Office Municipal Police Station, and all covered barangays.
The Municipal Council for the Protection of Children (MCPC), meanwhile, will spearhead the implementation and monitoring of the Code. Likewise, barangay governments are mandated to have their own counterpart councils, the Barangay CPC, and will give their share in the program by ensuring the community and parents' awareness of children's rights and their responsibilities.
"The 25-page ordinance deals with issues such as child abuse, children in conflict with the law and the proper procedure to follow in dealing with such cases. It also tackles protection and prohibition of children from exposure to vices and other inimical activities," said Diaz.
She also commended LGU officials for their commitment and support to children and gender development advocacy and anticipates for other municipalities to replicate what Magallanes has achieved.
In the Bicol region, Camarines Norte and Masbate has an existing Provincial Child Code, while Naga City is the only city with similar ordinance.
Meanwhile, the same Magallanes municipal legislative body is awaiting for the Sangguniang Panlalawigan to hear on two other ordinances approved recently, the Ordinance Ensuring the Welfare and Protection of Minors which deals with the continuous proliferation of fraternities, sororities and gangs specifically in the Poblacion, and thee Ordinance Adopting the Gender and Development Code.
Ragrario has expressed optimism that the two pending ordinances will also be ultimately approved by the Sangguniang Panlalawigan. (PIA Sorsogon) [top]