Abra LGUs urged to give 4 gifts for children
by Maritess Beņas
Bangued, Abra (12 June) -- The Early Child Care Development (ECCD) urges the local government units (LGUs) to give the children in their respective municipalities the 4 gifts for children to ensure their welfare and development.
This was one of the salient outputs of the evaluation/planning meeting of the members of the Provincial ECCD Coordinating Council (PECCDCC) before the week-long field monitoring was conducted jointly by the Regional Staff of the Council for the Welfare of Children (RSCWC) and the PECCDCC in the province.
The 4 gifts for children include the Local Development Plan for Children (LDPC); the Local Investment Plan for Children (LIPC); Local Code for Children (LCC); and the Local State of Children (LSC). These are necessary criteria for their entry to the search for the child-friendly LGUs in the country.
The provincial government has already passed an Ordinance for the Protection of Children, but is yet to enact a Local Code for Children. As of December 22, 2008, there are only six municipal LGUs who have come up with their own LDPC. These are the LGUs of Lagangilang, San Quintin, Luba, Manabo, Pilar and San Juan.
The ECCD is primarily concerned with children ages 0 - 6 years old. However, the Council for the Welfare of Children (CWC) is concerned with all children 0 to 17.11 years old or children under 18 years old.
Meanwhile, the social infrastructure component of the ECCD remains unimplemented in some LGUs, particularly the construction and/or repair/rehabilitation of school buildings. Based on the assessment of the members of the council, the delay in project implementation was due to the late release of the funds for the ECCD.
In the case of Malibcong, it was agreed by the members that the implementation of the school repair will be done after the rainy season since it is no longer be possible to transport cement. The local counterparts however can do the other project activities like cutting of the wood needed in the construction of the school building and be ready by the month of November when roads will already be passable.
The feeding component, on the other hand, had been implemented in all the ECCD beneficiary-areas. The hot meals are prepared by the parents of the pupils themselves and local materials can be sourced for their feeding program for as long as their menu earlier prepared and approved are being followed.
The members of the PECCDCC and the PCWC are one and the same. The Provincial Social Welfare and Development Office serves as the secretariat of both councils. (PIA-Abra) [top]