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Iloilo strengthens child protection efforts

ILOILO CITY - The Iloilo provincial government through the Provincial Social Welfare and Development Office (PSWDO) is strengthening its efforts on child protection through a number of activities as the country celebrates the National Children’s Month (NCM).

The PSWDO is set to hold a five-day training intended to strengthen the capacities of the Local Councils for the Protection of Children (LCPC) in the province in child protection in emergencies.

Judy Guadalupe, PSWDO Focal Person for Children, said the participants will include members of the Provincial Council for the Protection of Children and the MCPC of Ajuy, Carles, San Dionisio, Barotac Viejo and Calinog.

The training which will be held on October 27-31 is funded by the United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF).
On November 13 to 14, PSWDO will also convene the PCPC for a workshop on the assessment and updating of the Provincial Children’s Code which was passed in year 2007.

LGUs are mandated to establish their respective LCPC at the City, Municipal and Barangay Levels and allocate 1% of Internal Revenue Allotment for its strengthening and implementation of programs, projects and activities under Section 15 of Republic Act 9344, otherwise known as the “Juvenile Justice and Welfare Act of 2006" .
Guadalupe said the Children’s Congress on November 18 will culminate the children’s month celebration in the province.

The one-day event will showcase the talents and skills of day care pupils in competitions such as draw and tell, folk dance, recitation of poem or ‘tula’, and singing.
The yearly celebration pursuant to Presidential Proclamation 267, series of 1993 emphasizes the importance of the role of the child within the Filipino family and in nation building.

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