Agen­cies join ef­forts for en­hanced child pro­tec­tion

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LAGAWE, Ifu­gao -Four gov­ern­ment in­sti­tu­tions have joined ef­forts to­wards en­hanc­ing child pro­tec­tion ser­vices in the prov­ince.

The Ifu­gao Pro­vin­cial Po­lice Of­fice, Depart­ment of Ed­u­ca­tion, Pro­vin­cial So­cial Wel­fare and De­vel­op­ment Of­fice and the Pro­vin­cial Health Of­fice signed a mem­o­ran­dum of un­der­stand­ing to strengthen ef­forts for the pro­tec­tion of chil­dren in the dif­fer­ent mu­nic­i­pal­i­ties of the prov­ince.

This is in re­sponse to re­cent com­plaints reach­ing the Of­fice of the Gov­er­nor re­gard­ing in­ci­dents of child abuse and chil­dren at risk that need to be ad­dressed by con­cerned agen­cies.

The MOU states per­son­nel of the four of­fices will con­duct proac­tive mon­i­tor­ing of in­ci­dents of sus­pected Vi­o­lence Against Chil­dren, Traf­fick­ing in Per­son, Chil­dren Sex­u­ally Abused and Ex- ploited, Chil­dren at Risk, Chil­dren in Con­flict with the Law, and Chil­dren in Sit­u­a­tions of Armed Con­flict for ap­pro­pri­ate ac­tions.

In the event that suf­fi­cient grounds for fill­ing of crim­i­nal or ad­min­is­tra­tive charge, a case con­fer­ence shall im­me­di­ately be held to map-out the ap­pro­pri­ate ac­tions for each of the agen­cies con­cerned. In case the com­plainant is not sat­is­fied with the de­ci­sion made by con­cerned agency, the case will be re­viewed as ba­sis for fur­ther rec­om­men­da­tion.

Prepa­ra­tion and fil­ing of ad­min­is­tra­tive charges shall be done by the con­cerned agency jointly un­der­taken by des­ig­nated per­son­nel from each of the four agen­cies to en­sure trans­parency. The Women and Child Pro­tec­tion Desk (WCPD) of the mu­nic­i­pal­ity where the in­ci­dent tran­spired shall fa­cil­i­tate ex­trac­tion of

pieces of ev­i­dence by the near­est crime lab­o­ra­tory unit or the physi­cian-on-duty/ medico-le­gal physi­cian. It will also pre­pare all nec­es­sary doc­u­ments.

WCPD will regularly co­or­di­nate with the Of­fice of the Pro­vin­cial Prose­cu­tor on the sched­ule of court hear­ings and timely re­lay the same to all agen­cies con­cerned. Marcelo Li­h­ga­won/PIA – CAR

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