Beng meets Swedish Parliament officials PDF Print E-mail
Tuesday, 07 February 2012 13:44

House Deputy Speaker for Mindanao Beng Climaco the other day led other representatives in meeting a delegation from the Parliament of Sweden which called on Congress to promote the global movement “Save the Children”.

Representing Speaker Feliciano Belmonte, Jr., District I Cong. Climaco together with Reps. Susan Yap, Bernadette Herrera-Dy, Magtanggol Gunigundo, Reena Obillo, Emmi De Jesus, Carlos Padilla and Senior Deputy Majority Leader Janette Garin warmly received the Swedish officials led by Hon. Morgan
Johansson and Hon. Ukrika Carlsson.

The other delegation members are Dr. Staffan Jansson, Ms. Elizabeth Dalin, Mr. Henrik Holmquist and Ms. Sarah Johansson.

Both the House members and the Swedish delegation are united behind the global vision of promoting a world in which “every child attains the right to survival, protection, development and participation” in overall human and community development.

The Swedish lawmakers particularly endorsed proposed laws in the House of Representatives prohibiting corporal punishment on children, among other legislation promoting children’s rights.

Climaco, whose advocacy is centered on child/ youth welfare and development, has expressed all out support to the movement saying it has been her thrust even before she entered politics to promote and protect children’s welfare.

The congresswoman has initiated numerous programs or projects geared towards child protection and welfare and even authored or co-authored various laws related to the subject.

One of these laws, which await final deliberation in the Senate is House Bill 4480 or the Special Protection of Children in Situations of Armed Conflict Act of 2011.

If approved into law, the proposal would be the first of its kind in the world, as attested by Dr. Radhika Coomaraswamy, UN Undersecretary-General and Special Representative for Children and Armed Conflict. — Marvin Segura