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UNICEF lauds Mt Province for successful implementation of children, women's program

by Andrew Doga-ong

Bontoc, Mt. Province (22 November) -- The Chief of the United Nations Children's Fund (UNICEF) in the Philippines expressed elation on what she describe as satisfactory and encouraging implementation of children and women's program in Mt. Province.

Vanessa Tobin, the new UNICEF Representative to the country took cognizance on the progress made by Mountain Province to operationalize the broad-based Child Friendly Movement (CFM) under the UNICEF -assisted Fifth and now Sixth Country Programme for Children.

In her letter to Governor Maximo Dalog, Sr., Tobin expressed her appreciation to the strong leadership of the governor and the dedication and commitment of all the sectors in the province to work together to ensure universal enjoyment of rights by all children and women.

Tobin, in her recent and first visit to the province to have an insight and first hand information on the present situation of children and women, however observed that there are still remaining concerns that need to be addressed.

"The challenge is now on your leadership to ensure that there will be no more mothers dying because of pregnancy and childbirth, no undernourished children by insuring optimum infant and young child feeding practices in every households, and all the children will enjoy the right to education and are protected from abuse and exploitation," Tobin's letter to the governor partly states.

Dalog's State of Children's Address reveal that were three and 57 cases of maternal and child death respectively last year, malnutrition rate is 7.68 percent, education participation rates in the pre-school level, 70.6 percent; elementary, 82 percent and high school, 63 percent. The same report shows that there were 12 sexually abused children reported last year.

The report also disclosed that Mountain Province is first among the 24 UNICEF- assisted province and cities in birth registration, 97.50 percent; fully immunized children, 79.50 percent; exclusive breastfeeding up to six months, 72.8 percent and early childhood care and development,70.60 percent.

The UNICEF head assured the governor of UNICEF's continued assistance to the province to sustain and scale up the gains in the CFM. She also called on the strengthening the functionalities of structures and systems supportive of child and women programs. (PIA Mt. Province) [top]

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