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Monday, April 20, 2015

Dipolog gets above ideal functionality level on children’s protection and welfare

By Mary May A. Abellon

DIPOLOG CITY – The city government here got an above ideal level of functionality in the protection and welfare of children, according to the Regional Inter-Agency Monitoring Task Force on the functionality of the Local Council on the Protection of Children (LCPC).

The task force led by LGOO Jaber Jamani of the Department of Interior and Local Government (DILG)-9 on Wednesday was here to conduct an assessment to the provincial government on its programs and projects for the protection of children. 

The LCPC, which is composed of the DILG, Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD), National Economic and Development Authority (NEDA), Department of Health (DOH), National Nutrition Council (NNC), Department of Education (DepEd) and the Philippine Information Agency (PIA), is a council organized at the provincial, city, municipal and barangay levels, serving as the umbrella organization for all children’s concerns that advocates child’s rights and the implementation children’s programs at the local levels.

Dipolog City reportedly got 102.5% rating, which is above ideal on the level of functionality based on the assessment conducted this year on its 2014 accomplishments on programs and projects for the protection and welfare of children.

Moreover, LCPC is responsible for planning and spearheading programs for children in the city to make it child-friendly.

It can be recalled that Mayor Evelyn T. Uy presented during her latest state of the city address a hall of fame award for Dipolog City as child-friendly city, the only city to receive such an award in the whole of Mindanao.

DILG-9 also emphasized that the 1% of the total Internal Revenue Allotment (IRA) received by a certain LGU is a mandatory allocation for the protection and welfare of children.