RSCWC assists Central Visayas city councils for protection of children
By Minerva BC Newman
Cebu, Philippines (25 February) -- The Regional Sub-Committee for the Welfare of Children (RSCWC-7) in the region has designed a "Teambuilding and Strengthening" training workshop for the members of the local councils for the protection of children (LCPC) in the eight (8) cities of Cebu and four (4) cities of Negros Oriental.
Held on February 14-15 for the Cebu batch, LCPC members from the cities of Talisay, Mandaue, Lapulapu, Carcar, Naga, Danao, Toledo and Bogo found the training enjoyable and creative as the resource persons and facilitators from the members of the RSCWC whipped up workshops strategies that draw out the best and creative juices of the participants as the build teams and child-friendly communities.
Minerva Newman, OIC-RD of the Philippine Information Agency (PIA-7) designed the workshops that encourage members of the LCPCs to work closely and establish models of child-friendly communities based on the "building block" technology.
"It was fun and the "Let's Build a Child-Friendly Community" workshop removed my stresses because it was such a child play. Molding and shaping clay, cutting, pasting and creating a model has made the topics light and easy to understand," shared Talisay councilor, Shirley Belleza who attended the 2-day training.
On February 26-27, members of the LCPCs of the four (4) cities in Negros Oriental –Bais, Tanjay, Canlaon and Bayawan will also experience the "building block" technology of teambuilding and strengthening their respective councils.
Based on the 2007 accomplishments and assessment of the RSCWC's goals, it was learned that there is a greater need to capacitate the new cities and newly elected local officials to the mandates of the UN-CRC and the Child-Friendly Movement as well as local laws for the protection and welfare of children.
The RSCWC-7 also noted that there is low participation among local government units in the Presidential Search for the Most Child-Friendly City/Municipality.
DSWD-7 focal person on children programs, Nimia Antipala confirmed the low turn-out of LGU participants to the search in spite the support of the RSCWC-7 and the agency. In 2007, RSCWC received only five (5) entries each for the 1st-3rd class and 4th-6th class municipality categories while the component city category and highly urbanized city category also received one entry each.
Antipala said that strengthening the LCPCs this year might yield more LGU entries to the search and enhance the efficient delivery of programs and services for the children specifically, the "Four Gifts" for children.
According to Antipala, RSCWC's main goal for this year is to monitor, guide and assist LCPCs in the region. Series of training, briefing and forums are scheduled within the year to enhance LCPC's team camaraderie and working relationships. (PIA-Cebu) [top]