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UNICEF spearheads review of Child Friendly Programs in Antique

by PS Mabaquiao

San Jose, Antique (20 November) -- Dr. Marinus Gotink, Area Focal Officer for Antique of United Nations Children's Fund (UNICEF) made sure the effective implementation of child friendly programs in the province by spearheading the review of implementation of the Sixth Country Program for Children (CPC 6).

Dr. Gotink emphasized that child heath and nutrition should be streamlined in the implementation of all other programs to ensure child survival especially in early age. The assessment also ascertained that activities are geared towards attainment of strategic results of reducing disparity indicators towards child friendly Antique.

All of program components reported their accomplishments based on the approved Work and Financial Plan for 2006 both funded by UNICEF and the local government units. It can be noted that activities/accomplishments do not only fulfill the provisions of the United Nations Conventions of the Rights of the Child but also supports the UN "Stand Up" campaign against poverty.

Juliana O. Cepe, Provincial Planning and Development Coordinator reported that Antique joined other communities nationwide in supporting the UN "Stand Up" campaign against poverty since children are most vulnerable sector that suffers from consequences of poverty.

The Provincial Government of Antique reaffirmed its commitment to implement the program as it prepared for the Annual Work Plan for 2007. Focus of interventions is five disparity municipalities of San Jose, Sibalom, Culasi, San Remigio and Hamtic. Other towns will still benefit from the program depending on the status of disparity indicators in their areas.

UNICEF has been supporting the Country Program for Children in the province for the past 6 years with the hope of making the Conventions of the Rights of the Child a reality to every Filipino child. The program components that addressed to specific issues on children are Health and Nutrition, Education for All, Early Child Care and Development, Children in Need of Special Protection, Gender and Development, Communication and Monitoring and Evaluation. (PIA) [top]

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