CITY OF BALANGA, Bataan, January 17 (PIA) – Two of the most active councils of the provincial government met this month to chart programs for the welfare of children, women and persons with disabilities (PWDs) for the year 2014.
In this year’s first meeting of the Provincial Council for the Welfare of Children (PCWC), member agencies approved the conduct of an Orientation on the Roles and Functions of Barangay Officials on Child Protection Laws on January 29 at Bulwagan II, Capitol compound.
This is to educate the newly elected barangay captains and councilors about the rightful protection and response to children and women especially those who are abused, said Provincial Social Welfare and Development Office head Marilyn Tigas.
“The role of the captains is immense because the first report of incidents will come from the barangay. It is important that barangay officials are aware of what to do and how to protect the children,” said Tigas during the meeting in her office.
PCWC will also ask for the help of Board Member Dexter Dominguez, popularly known as Teri Onor, who is the Sangguniang Panlalawigan committee chair on Social Services, on locally adopting the national laws as regards child welfare.
In relation to this, the Provincial Council on Disability Affairs (PCDA) has also started planning programs for thousands of PWDs in Bataan.
PCDA has also agreed upon soliciting help from Dominguez in adopting for the province the national laws that pertain to the welfare of PWDs.
“There are numerous national laws that need to be intensified here in our province. Though these laws are implemented nationally, it is better that we have locally adopted laws to ensure that all will follow,” said Tigas.
Included here are the laws that mandate the provision of 20 percent discount to PWDs in medicine and transportation fare, and the allocation of 1 percent budget for programs for children and PWDs coming from the total budget of the local government of barangay, municipality and city.