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Naga to celebrate Children’s Month

LITTLE ONES. Several hundreds of children in the city will gather again in this month of November for the children’s congress, one of the highlights of the children’s month celebration in Naga.

NAGA CITY --- The local government unit here will report to the public the continuing programs and projects it has been implementing to empower the Nagueño children according to advocacies being pursued by the United Nations Convention on the Rights of the Child.

Mayor Nelson S. Legacion will deliver his State of Our Children Report on November 28, 2019 during the celebration of the National Children’s Month. The report contains the city government’s plans, approaches, and programs that aim to better the life of the Nagueño children.

The United Nations Convention on the Rights of the Child (UNCRC), which is the most rapidly and widely ratified human rights treaty in history with 194 countries as states parties, has 54 articles that cover all aspects of a child’s life and set out the civil, political, economic, social and cultural rights that all children everywhere are entitled to.

The treaty has portions that also expound how adults and governments must work together to make sure all children can enjoy their rights.

In this city, the local government unit has been pursuing ordinance-backed and multisector-supported programs that promote children’s betterment and welfare from pre-pregnancy and newborn stages to pre-school and early childhood stages up to the time they became teenagers.

With the theme Karapatang Pambata: Patuloy na Pahalagahan at Gampanan Tungo sa Magandang Kinabukasan, the nationwide celebration of the children’s month in this city will reel off with the conduct of 5 activities organized by the Naga City Council for the Welfare and Protection of Children (NCCWPC) chaired by Mayor Legacion with City Councilor Elmer S. Baldemoro as co-chairperson.

The activities are Lakaw para sa Kaakian on November 9; Child Birth Registration on November 13; EDUCARE Got Talent on Nov. 21; Children’s Congress on Nov. 23, and the city mayor’s State of our Children Report on November 28.

The council, which includes a child representative as member, has the following functions:

1. Adopt plans, programs and policies for children that are gender-fair, culturally relevant and responsive to the needs of diverse groups of children 0 to below 18 years of age;

2. Prepare Annual Work and Financial Plan for programs on children;

3. Recommend provision of appropriations on children programs to the Sangguniang Panlungsod of Naga;

4. Recommend local legislations promoting child survival, protection, participation and development, especially on the quality of television shows, media prints and coverage, which are detrimental to children, and with appropriate funding support;

5. Provide coordinative linkages with other agencies and institutions in the planning, monitoring and evaluation of plans for children;

6. Advocate for the establishment and maintenance of playgrounds, educare (daycare) centers, and other facilities necessary for child and youth development;

7. Monitor and evaluate the implementation of the program and submit quarterly status reports to Council for the Welfare of Children (CWC);

The NCCWPC was created thru Ordinance No. 2014 – 068, which also established the Children’s Affairs Office with the necessary funds appropriated.

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