Mon­i­tor­ing of child-friendly lo­cal gover­nance kicks off in Ma­bal­a­cat City

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The mon­i­tor­ing team of the Provin­cial Coun­cil for the Pro­tec­tion of Chil­dren (PCPC), in a cour­tesy call at the of­fice of Ma­bal­a­cat City, Mayor Crisos­tomo Garbo, be­fore the child-friendly lo­cal gover­nance kick off in the city.—

MA­BAL­A­CAT CITY — The field mon­i­tor­ing on the func­tion­al­ity of the Lo­cal Coun­cil for the Pro­tec­tion of Chil­dren (LCPC) of the cities and mu­nic­i­pal­i­ties of Pam­panga has started in this city to mea­sure the child­friendly gover­nance sta­tus of lo­cal gov­ern­ment units ( LGUs) .

The LCPC aims to pro­tect the vul­ner­a­bil­ity of ev­ery child in any form of vi­o­lence, abuse, ne­glect and ex­ploita­tion.

El­iz­a­beth E. Bay­bayan, Provin­cial So­cial Wel­fare and De­vel­op­ment Of­fi­cer (PSWDO) ex­plained that mon­i­tor­ing the func­tion­al­ity of the coun­cil is cru­cial to sus­tain na­tional ef­forts in the lo­cal­iza­tion of the Na­tional Strate­gic Frame­work for Plan De­vel­op­ment for Chil­dren or Child 21 and the Provin­cial Code for Chil­dren.

Cit­ing the guide­lines, she said the LCPC should con­duct reg­u­lar or spe­cial meet­ings to dis­cuss or tackle pro­gram im­ple­men­ta­tion strate­gies, is­sues and prob­lems on chil­dren that should be given ut­most at­ten­tion or so­lu­tion and mon­i­tor­ing of chil­dren’s sit­u­a­tions that are be­ing im­ple­mented in the lo­cal­ity to en­sure it is re­spon­si­ble in plan­ning and spear­head­ing pro­grams for chil­dren in the lo­cal­ity.

Bay­bayan said the LCPC mon­i­tor­ing is ex­pected to end in Novem­ber 2017 but will be im­ple­mented yearly.

In line with the ob­jec­tive to make the prov­ince child­friendly, the Provin­cial Coun­cil for the Pro­tec­tion of Chil­dren (PCPC) un­der the chair­man­ship of Gover­nor Lilia “Nanay” Pineda, and sup­port of Provin­cial Ad­min­is­tra­tor An­dres S. Pangilinan, Jr. also pro­vided strong de­ter­rence and as­sured spe­cial pro­tec­tion and rights for Ka­pam­pan­gan chil­dren.

Ex­ec­u­tive Or­der No. 02-2016 man­dates that the mon­i­tor­ing team will be chaired by the De­part­ment of In­te­rior and Lo­cal Gov­ern­ment (DILG) provin­cial di­rec­tor, while its mem­bers should con­sist of rep­re­sen­ta­tives from the Philip­pine Na­tional Po­lice (PNP), Provin­cial Plan­ning and De­vel­op­ment Of­fice(PPDO), De­part­ment of Ed­u­ca­tion Di­vi­sion of Pam­panga, Provin­cial Health Of­fice (PHO), PSWDO, Or­ga­ni­za­tion from In­ter­na­tional Jus­tice Mis­sion (IJM), academe Rep­re­sen­ta­tive from Don Hono­rio Ven­tura Tech­no­log­i­cal State Univer­sity (DHVTSU), and non-gov­ern­ment and faith-based or­ga­ni­za­tions.— Aida B. Bungue/Pam­panga PIO

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