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Davao RDC endorses child-friendly policies

Davao City (6 December) -- The Regional Development Council (RDC) continues to set policies and endorses programs and projects to ensure attainment of child-friendly commitments and development goals.

During the recent presentation of the Regional State of the Children Report, Assistant Regional Director Bonifacio G. Uy of the National Economic Development Authority (NEDA) said building child-friendly communities was set at the center of the goal towards becoming a livable region.

He saw this as an important concern noting that children's population in the Southern Mindanao already had cornered 44.4 percent chunk of the regional population pie.

In line with the child-friendly goals, RDC 11 in September this year passed Resolution No. 32, adopting the Regional Child Survival Strategy (RCSS) which prescribes a set of life-saving intervention for children from birth to five years old

Uy bared that the resolution called for the adoption of RCSS by members of the council including government line agencies and local government units and to ensure the implementation of RCSS, RDC also directed concerned line agencies and LGUs to undertake regular monitoring of 10 RCSS core indicators.

Through its technical secretariat from NEDA 11, RDC is preparing the Millennium Development Goals (MDG) Regional Progress Report covering 1990 to 2004 due for approval during its quarterly meeting.

Uy said RDC for the past two years had issued five resolutions advancing children's rights.

Among these were RDC Resolution No. 31 of 2005, "Supporting and Enjoining All LGUs to Participate in the Search for the Most Child-Friendly Police Station in Region XI.

In 2005, it also issued Resolution No. 32, "Enjoining all LGUs to Establish Separate Detention Rooms for Children in Conflict with Law in All PNP Stations in Region XI" and Resolution No. 33, "Enjoining All LGUs and other Stakeholders to Support the Campaign Against Pornography through the Adoption of Appropriate Issuances."

In 2004, RDC issued Resolution No. 2, "Adopting the Implementation of Child 21 as a Strategic Policy of Davao Region for the Development of Children.

The Child 21 implementation paved way for the four gifts of children, namely, local development plan for children, local investment plan for children, local code for children, and local state of children report.

It was also in 2004 that the RDC passed Resolution No. 3, enjoining the Department of Interior and Local Government (DILG) to include Child 21 as value indicator in the Local Performance and Productivity Measure Project.

Uy said the RDC secretariat through NEDA in partnership with the United Nations Children's Fund (UNICEF) has been extending technical assistance to LGUs in mainstreaming children's concerns in development and investment planning. (PIA XI/JMDA) [top]

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