Beng reiterates commitment to children’s rights promotion PDF Print E-mail
Wednesday, 18 November 2015 11:41


Mayor Beng Climaco on Tuesday underscored anew her administration’s commitment to the promotion of the rights of children in the city, as she outlined her administration’s vision and targets by 2025 in her state of the children report.

Speaking during the WaSH (Water, Sanitation and Hygiene) in School Training-Orientation organized by the City Social Welfare and Development Office, Mayor Climao declared that her administration is committed to provide effective, efficient, rights-based, gender-responsive and culture-sensitive programs and services that will promote the best interest and welfare of children.

The lady city executive presented the various programs implemented by the local government to promote the rights and interests of every Zamboangueno child, including those initiated to counter or at least minimize the negative effects of the September 2013 siege.

“In order to protect our women and children, the City Government of Zamboanga is implementing Rehabilitation, Reconstruction and Recovery of the affected areas by providing safe haven, with adequate shelter, clean water and sanitation, health services, food, nutrition and psychosocial services together with various humanitarian partners, agencies and organizations,” she continued while thanking partner agencies particularly the United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF).

The local government, according to her, has endeavored to correct the discrepancy between the number of child deliveries recorded and the number of birth registrations processed created during the siege: “The conduct of information dissemination campaigns/orientations, mass birth registrations in far-flung barangays during the Dia de Alcalde program had improved the number of timely registrations, in which, 17,394 were registered compared to 20,297 CHO reported managed deliveries.”

In addition, the city government ensures would-be parents are likewise fully ready to take on their responsibilities through their attendance in various trainings such as the Maternal and Child Care Skills Development (MCCSD), Enriched Parent Effectiveness Services (EPES) and Family Development Sessions (FDS) conducted for Pantawid beneficiaries. Several trainings to build parental capabilities were provided through the Gender and Development (GAD) funds, she added.

The city’s Social Development Center (SDC) and the Children in Conflict with the Law (CICL) Center similarly extend temporary shelter, assistance and guidance to young Zamboanguenos.

Furthermore, the city government ensures laws protecting children against all forms of abuses are enforced and implemented in the city.

“The Social Action Center and the City Social Welfare and Development Office (CSWDO) had spearheaded five (5) trainings on child-related laws for Barangay Council for the Protection of Children (BCPC) and ZCCPOC members both in and outside the city. The Zamboanga Council for the Protection of Children (ZCCPC) has played an important role in networking its referral pathway to use to its victim of abuse,” Climaco elaborated.

With the improvement and upgrading of the different health centers to cater to birth deliveries in the community, the city has seen a significant decrease in the number of home deliveries as more pregnant mothers give birth in health facilities and assisted by health personnel. According to the mayor, the increase of deliveries in the health facility may also be attributed to the health advocacy being conducted during pre-natal consultation and the issuance of office memorandum on deliveries handled by hilots.

“The city’s support to education is unequivocal and ensuring a better future for the young generation is the city’s ultimate goal.    This is why education takes the front seat along with Security and Health under the SHE program of this administration. Two hundred eighty-two (282) Day Care Centers (DCC) were established in the ninety-eight (98) barangays in this city. These centers have afforded eighteen thousand three hundred forty (18,340) children registered for their Early Child Care and Development Sessions. Likewise, 9,512 4 to 4 years old children availed of the Supplementary Feeding Program in the form of hot meals five (5) days a week for one hundred twenty (120) days. The amount of Php 17,263,939.73 was downloaded to the City Government by the Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) to support the program,” Climaco told the assembly.

Moreover, the city has formed the Out-of-School Youth Development Alliance and through USAID’s Mindanao Youth for Development Program together with EDC and ZABIDA, we already produced more than a thousand Out of School Youth graduates on various skills trainings and Alternative Learning System graduates for Accreditation and Equivalency for high school drop outs, and basic literacy and numeracy for elementary drop outs. — Claudine Uniana