Thursday, August 1, 2013

Protection of children

A press release from the City Council.
Amendment of law on
protection of children seen

THE amendment of Ordinance No. 8624-2003, which creates the Cagayan de Oro City Council for the Protection of Children (CCPC), is in the offing.

The City Council committee on social services chaired by Councilor Enrico D. Salcedo during its meeting yesterday favorably endorsed to the laws and rules committee chaired by Councilor Ramon G. Tabor the revision of the ordinance recommending changes in the composition of the CCPC.

The CCPC is composed of the city mayor as the chair, the chair of the committee on social services as co-chair and chair of the committee on health as vice-chair.

Members are chair of the committee on women and family relations, SK Federation President, City Health Officer, City Budget Officer, City Treasurer, City Social Welfare Officer, City Planning and Development Coordinator, ABC President, Public Employment Services Officer, City DILG, Department of Education-Region 10, Cagayan de Oro City Police Office,        Presidential Commission on the Urban Poor-10, Commission on Human Rights-10, a child representative and  three other NGOs accredited and nominated by the City Coordinating committee for the Early Childhood Care and Development (ECCD).

During discussions it was agreed that the Community Improvement Division, DSWD and City Prosecutors Office representatives be included as members of the council. The new CCPC will no longer have a child representative, as proposed.

The meeting was attended by Councilor Dante Pajo, chair of the City Council committee on health, Councilor Edna Dahino, committee on women and family relations, Councilor Lourdes Candy Darimbang and Councilor Teodulfo Lao, among others.

The CCPC ordinance was enacted to promote the welfare of the youth as mandated in the Philippine Constitution and cited in the International Declaration for the Rights of Children. It is also in compliance with Article 205 of Presidential Decree, otherwise known as the Child and Youth Welfare Code.

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