Strengthening of child protection program in Cordillera pushed

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BAGUIO CITY: The committees for the welfare of women and children in the Cordillera Administrative Region (CAR) have agreed to strengthen the Local Council for the Protection of Children (LCPC) to promote and safeguard the rights of children. Carmen Chaluyen, focal person on children and family of the Department of Social Welfare and Development, reported the convergence plan of the Regional Sub-Committee for the Welfare of Children, together with the Regional Juvenile Justice and Welfare Council and the Regional Committee on Anti-Trafficking, Child Pornography, and Violence Against Women and their Children One of the issues raised during the inter-agency capacity building held recently in Baguio is that most LCPCs and BCPCs have not reached the ideal level of functionality because of the following: lack of awareness of LCPCs on their functions; not a priority of the local chief executives; and lack of initiative for resource sharing. Low buy-in of most local government units on children and women concerns was also raised. Among the causes identified include priorities focused on infrastructure projects; absence of children and women situationers; and poor assertiveness of concerned personnel in lobbying the programs and services for women and children.              Gaby B. Keith

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