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NEDA, UNICEF to sign resolution on US$11.5-million fund for CPC6

Davao City (10 March) -- A resolution on the US$11.54-million CY 2009 annual work plan of the Sixth Country Program for Children 6 (CPC6) is to be signed by the Government of the Philippines (GOP), represented by the National Economic and Development Authority (NEDA), and the United Nations Children's Fund (UNICEF).

To sign the resolution are CPC 6 Chairperson and NEDA Deputy Director-General Augusto B. Santos and UNICEF Country Representative Vanessa Tobin.

According to UNICEF Deputy Representative Colin Davis, the amount shall fund programs on child protection (around US$1.76 million), social policy and local development (SPLD) (US$935,756), health and nutrition (about US$3.55 million), education (some US$2.23 million), HIV and AIDS (US$669,749), cross-sectoral support (around US$1.53 million), and communications (US$860,960).

Activities under the child protection program include the following: (1) development and pilot-testing of modules for parenting the adolescent; (2) dialogues and meetings of the Country Task Force on Monitoring and Reporting (CTFMR) with government and national security agencies on Monitoring and Reporting Mechanism (MRM) and action plan; (3) advocacy on priority child protection bills in Congress and; (4) development, issuance, and dissemination of revised guidelines on standards for street-based and community-based programs for street children.

For the SPLD component, activities include the (1) completion of the policy studies on child poverty and disparities and local service delivery; (2) analysis of leading social policies and provision of social safety nets for the poorest and most disadvantaged children in selected local government units (LGUs), (3) technical assistance on social policy analysis to focus LGUs, and; (4) planning and programming in disparity barangays.

Activities under the health and nutrition program are (1) supporting the Integrated Soil Transmitted Helminth Program outcome monitoring which involves posting five rounds of mass deworming; (2) supporting the breastfeeding/ infant and young child feeding (BF/IYCF) and strengthening of Milk Code monitoring, (3) strengthening the new-born component of the Joint Programme at national and local levels, and (4) supporting the new Joint Programme on enhancing access to and provision of water services to the poor with UNDP and GOP through NEDA and DILG.

Meanwhile, the following are the activities under the education program:

(1) expanding access of 3 to 5-year old children to quality early childhood care and development (ECCD); (2) strengthening the existing network of primary and pilot secondary child friendly schools (CFS) in CPC6 priority areas (3) strengthening the support system for child friendly schools and; (4) supporting Education in Emergencies.

Under the HIV and AIDS program, activities include (1) conducting outreach to most-at-risk children and young people on HIV/STI prevention; (2) conducting training on life skills for children and young people most at risk for HIV infection; (3) educating of antenatal women on HIV and STIs and offering of syphilis testing during antenatal care in health centers and; (4) conducting campaign on HIV/STI prevention for students in public high schools.

For its communication programs, (1) training of at least 200 Sangguniang Kabataan members on Convention on the Rights of the Child (CRC) principles; (2) achieving coverages on corporal punishment and end child pornography pending bills; (3) documenting behavior change in two target LGUs; (4) coming up with an integrated strategic communication plan advocating for the reduction of violence in schools and better infant feeding habits.

During the meeting, Tobin also announced that the CPC 6 will be extended for another two years (2010-2011) with the goal of enhancing partnerships to further strengthen the capacity to reach the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) on poverty and malnutrition (MDG 1), universal primary education (MDG 2) and maternal and neonatal mortality (MDG 4 and 5). The Program is expected to contribute more to the achievement of MDGs by placing emphasis on national policy outcomes for children and women and developing models to leverage resources for scaling up activities.

The extension will serve as a bridging program between the current program and the new program. The new program shall be called CPC 7.

The bridging program will focus on the most vulnerable areas to ensure children's rights. The program will also reduce the original 24 priority areas to five areas-three provinces and two cities-to concentrate on influencing social policy and budget provisions for women and children.

The CPC 6, started in 2005, is a five-year program of cooperation between the Philippine government and the UNICEF. It seeks to reduce the disparities between and among the basic indicators in the 24 priority areas-consisting of 19 provinces and five cities-and the national data for education, health and protection indicators.

The 19 provinces are: Mountain Province, Isabela, Aurora, Camarines Norte, Masbate, Antique, Capiz, Guimaras, Negros Oriental, Eastern Samar, Northern Samar, Zamboanga del Norte, Bukidnon, North Cotabato, Sarangani, Sultan Kudarat, Agusan del Sur, Maguindanao and Sulu. On the other hand, the five cities are Manila, Pasay, Quezon, Cebu and Davao.

Since its inception in 2005, the Program has put in US$51,564,925 until 2008. With US$11,538,317 available for 2009, CPC 6's contribution to children's programs and projects in the country including its contribution to the attainment of the MDGs has amounted to US$63,103,242.

The program is lodged with the Program Coordination and Monitoring Unit of the NEDA's Social Development Staff. (NEDA-PIA XI) [top]

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