TUGUEGARAO CITY, Philippines- Cagayan may soon have a Local Council for Protection of Children (LCPC) as the Provincial Board here approved on first reading an ordinance for the council’s creation.
The proposed council will be tasked to plan and spearhead programs for children, with the goal of making localities “child-friendly.”
The ordinance is principally-proposed by Third District Board Member Perla Tumaliuan and co-sponsored by Vice Governor Melvon “Boy” Vargas Jr, Board Members Maria Olivia Pascual, Rosauro Resuello, Archie Layus, Rodrigo De Asis, Cris Barcena, and Vilmer Viloria.
Tumaliuan said the Provincial Council for the Welfare of Children created under Section 42, Article 6 of the Children’s Welfare Code of Cagayan has not been reactivated for 2017.
The lawmaker said the absence of a local council for the protection of children “prevents the province from having an institution that will focus on crafting child rights and plans, initiating programs, projects, and the activities for children.”
The LCPC, if approved, will assist local government units in forming a comprehensive plan on preventing juvenile delinquency, and monitor its implementation as mandated by the Juvenile Justice and Welfare Act of 2006.
The council will also be tasked to recommend and advocate the passage of ordinances on child survival, protection, participation, and development.
Further, the council will also provide necessary technical assistance to towns, city, and barangay councils.
In a draft of the ordinance, LCPC members will consist of the Governor, the Sangguniang Panlalawigan (SP) chair on Women and Children and Family Action, the Provincial Social Welfare and Development Officer, Provincial Planning and Development Officer, Provincial Health Officer, and Provincial Agriculturist.
Other members include the Liga ng mga Barangay President, the Provincial Prosecutor, the Division Superintendent, Provincial Prosecutor, Provincial Labor and Employment Officer, a representative of a children’s group, representatives of three non-government organizations, and a child representative among others.
The proposed ordinance is subject for review by the board’s Committee on Women and Children, and is expected to be presented on plenary next week for second reading.
Meanwhile, the SP is now able to discuss other matters aside from the pending 2018 budget since the 90-day prohibition on tackling other matters under section 323 of the Local Government Code has already lapsed.
Aside from approving the said ordinance on first reading, the board also approved budgets and supplemental budgets of several towns during its 82nd Regular Session on Wednesday, April 04. Northernforum.net