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Kalinga reports gains on children dev't programs

Baguio City (7 November) -- With the implementation of various programs for children in response to fulfilling their rights as citizens of this country, the provincial government of Kalinga reported several improvements and developments concerning said sector.

According to the e State of the Children's Report delivered by the Provincial Social Welfare and Development Officer Digna Dalutag, with the collaboration of all concerned government agencies and in partnership with other institutions, the provincial government was able to "offer our children the complete Four Gifts of Every Filipino Child."

These four gifts she said composed of the Kalinga Child in 2025: Local Development Plan for Children (LDPC), Local Development Investment Plan (LDIP), Local Code for Children (LCC) and the delivery of the State of the Children's Report.

"The LDPC, our first gift to our children provides the framework of every stakeholder and institutions in providing holistic and integrated interventions in every stage of the child's development," Dalutag said explaining that this would ensure that every child in the province is spiritually nurtured, productive, empowered and living harmoniously in an environment-friendly community.

"On the principle that children grow and develop best with a functional and caring family, the province had provided the necessary support services like programs on responsible parenthood, marriage counseling and the empowerment and reaffirmation of parental abilities," she said.

Under the Early Childhood Care and Development (ECCD) Program, the gains she said include a 66% decrease on the proportion of very low and low weight among 0-83 months since 2003. In 2007, the province exceeded its 50% goal of reducing mortality rate among children since it has reduced mortality by 74% among infants and 79% among the under five children.

This development was a result of the provision of essential medicines for pre and post natal services, treatment of respiratory infections and diarrhea among children, provision of medical equipment, facilities and logistics and the conduct of supplemental feeding and mother crafts among day care centers.

To encourage the support of parents and to sustain the gains among the children beneficiaries, livelihood programs were likewise provided to some 330 parents to augment their family income and ensure that food is served at the table.

Aside from said services, 22 barangay health stations and 19 day care centers were likewise upgraded in various ECCD pilot barangays around the province. And to improve the delivery of services for 0-6 years old children, Day Care workers and Barangay Nutrition Workers have undergone trainings to enhance their skills.

Under its nutrition programs, the provincial government under the leadership of Government Floydelia Diasen allotted a half million pesos for the incentive of high performing barangays, support to growth and monitoring and evaluation activities.

Another accomplishment is the improvement of education services as reflected in the increased rate of survival rates by 13.95% in the elementary level.

The provincial government has also allocated P1 million for its scholarship programs, with another 126 students benefiting from its sponsorship for the Special Program for the Employment of Students (SPES) while an educational assistance of P25,000 was also given to qualified Pag-asa Youth Association members.

To empower and involve barangay officials and workers in the program, the provincial government initiated the organization of Barangay Council for the Protection of Children starting at the 24 ECCD barangays.

Assistance and counseling were provided by PSWDO to some ten children in especially difficult circumstances; six children in conflict with the lay; two minors who were allegedly involved in the Madrigal land dispute and assisted two clients in the preparation of the travel documents abroad.

The PSWDO also organized two out-of-school youth under the Pag-asa Youth Association providing seed capital and training on basic management skills development and a total amount of P200,000 was likewise provided for the operation and maintenance of the Information Technology Literacy Program for OSYs and youth with disabilities.

With this accomplishment, Dalutag encouraged the full support of all agencies and sectors to fulfill the aspirations of every child in Kalinga.

Pursuant to Proclamation No. 267, the State of the Children's Report is one of the highlights during the Children's Month culminating activity in the province with the theme, "Bright Child: Sa tamang pag-aaruga, kinabukasan ay maginhawa." (ggd/PIA-Kalinga) [top]

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