City to expand child-friendly programs in barangays

THE Dagupan City government is set to expand its child-friendly activities to the barangays following a meeting between the Local Council for the Protection of Children (LCPC) and the Department of the Interior and Local Government (DILG) at CSI Stadia on July 3.

Attended by the city’s department heads and barangay captains, the meeting aimed to orient the barangay councils on the functions and responsibilities of the LCPC’s counterpart in the barangays.

The meeting discussed child protection such as the rights of the Filipino children, Republic Act 7610 or the “Special Protection of Children Against Abuse, Exploitation and Discrimination Act” and Republic Act 9262 or “Anti-Violence Against Women and their Children Act of 2004.”

DILG Provincial Director Agnes De Leon explained how the expansion of the child-friendly programs in the barangays can help the city earn a better rating in the evaluation of the Council for the Welfare of Children’s (CWC) for Dagupan as a child-friendly city national finalist for three consecutive years.

De Leon expressed confidence that with the Barangay Council for Protection of Children ’s commitment, the city may eventually earn the coveted award.

A presentation on the LCPC’s accomplishments last year was made by Officer-in-Charge of the City Planning and Development Office Engr. Josephine Corpuz, while DILG City Director Melinda Buada discussed the responsibilities of the Barangay Council for the Protection of Children.

Mayor Belen T. Fernandez welcomed the ideas. She stressed the importance of learning and understanding of children’s rights in the barangay level.

“The children have always been our city’s priority. And it is important for us to know the rights of our children because it will guide not only the city, but for all barangays,” she said. “Only then will we know what we can do for the youth,” she added.

Fernandez also discussed the city’ initiatives that support the protection of children’s rights, construction of more educational infrastructures, establishing an “Anti-Bullying” hotline and launching programs such as “Lehitimo Ako, Batang Dagupeno”, “Manlingkor Ya Kalangweran” and “Junior Health Advocates”. (CIO/ VdV)

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