Tuesday, November 24, 2015

Bohol reconstitutes
Child-welfare council 

TAGBILARAN CITY, November 23 (PIA)--Through Executive Order Number 16 dated November 9, 2015, Governor Edgar Chatto reconstituted the Provincial Council for the Welfare of Children (PCWC). 

The move is to ensure synchronization and integration of policies, programs and projects for children, according to the EO. Chatto said there is also a need to strengthen the LCPCs in all government units for the efficient and effective implementation of all policies, programs and projects fir the well being of children. 

The LCPC shall be responsible for the planning and spearheading programs of children in the locality with the end view of making the locality child friendly. 

Its functions include the crafting of a comprehensive Provincial Program for Children (PPC), review and integrate city and town programs and projects needing assistance into the PPC, monitor and review its implementation, submit quarterly reports on the implementation of PPC to the Regional Sub-Committee for the Welfare of Children (RSCWC) through the Provincial Development Council (PDC). 

PCWC also recommend policies and programs to the RSCWC and PDC, provide needed technical assistance to councils when called, mobilize resource assistance in support of child related activities as recommended by local councils, advance for the passage of ordinances pertinent to child survival, protection, participation and development with appropriate funding support as well as identify and recommend programs and services to be contracted for implementation by NGOs and other entities in the implementation of the Bohol Children's Code. 

The council, a localization of the Local Council for the Protection of Children (LCPC) as mandated by the Republic Act 9344, or commonly the Juvenile Justice and Welfare Act, the PCWC plays a key role in the protection of children, particularly in coordinating with and assisting the Local Government Units in the formulation of a comprehensive plan on juvenile delinquency prevention and in the overseeing of the law's proper implementation. 

The United Nation's Convention of the Rights of the Child has stipulated that every child has the right to protection from all forms of violence, abuse, neglect and exploitation.

For this, the Philippines enacted Republic 7610 which is commonly called the Special Protection of Children against Child Abuse, Exploitation and Discrimination Act. 

Also called the Child Protection Law, it provides for stronger deterrence and special protection against child abuse, exploitation and discrimination and providing corresponding penalties. 

Corollary to this, the Department of Interior and Local Government has been mandated to oversee the organization and functionality of the LCPC, thus allowing the agency to issue memorandum circulars enjoining LGUs to organize local CPC that will lead the implementation of the children's programs in their respective localities. 

In Bohol, Provincial ordinance No. 2000-30 puts the Bohol Children's Code and provides for the creation of the PCWC. 

The PCWC is now composed of the governor as the chairperson.

Its members include Sangguniang Panlalawigan Committee chair of Women and Family Affairs, Provincial Planning and Development Coordinator, Health Officer, Social Welfare and development Officer, Schools Division Superintendent, Provincial Youth and Sports Coordinator, Provincial ABC President, Provincial LMP President, Police Director, Leagl Officer, DSWD Officer, DILG Officer, Labor Officer, Prosecutor, Information Agency Officer, Local Finance Council, Bohol Chamber of Commerce and Industry, World Vision and a child representative. (rac/PIA-7/Bohol)

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Sikatuna seeks advice about 
unused Globe comms tower 

TAGBILARAN CITY, November 23 (PIA)--Sikatuna is asking Bohol Capitol's legal advice on what to do with an un-used communications tower in a school compound. 

Sikatuna Mayor Jose Ellorimo Jr., along with local officials fear that the presence of the tower and its reported radiation may not be good to the health of school children nearby. 

The tower, owned by Globe Telecommunications sits on a municipal owned lot bearing tax declaration number 1594, was designed to serve the municipality through a Globe landline and wireless connection.

About ten years ago, Globe Telecommunications negotiated the administration of Abucay Elementary School to construct and erect the tower to serve the town, recalls Mayor Ellorimo, in his request for legal advice from Capitol. 

The negotiations, the Mayor hinted, also included a monthly rental for the used property, one which was paid to the Abucay Norte Elementary School Administration.

Upon the construction until sometime in 2009 or 2010, globe ceased its operation and service in Sikatuna.

The local officials conce3rns also include the presence of a big tension crack near the tower, to which, local officials have reported this to the Mines and GeoScience Bureau. 

The MGB has not sent any official reply to their coordination, Ellorimo said. 

The crack which the 7.2 magnitude earthquake caused, may cause so much danger to our children as we are not aware of [what might] this crack affect the tower, the mayor said in his letter to Atty. Boiser dated November 9. 

The ceased tower operations, being there but not used anymore, also caused the payments of rentals. Globe also ceased paying for business permits to operate, upon the stopping of its operations, but continues to occupy the school town lot for over 6 years now, the mayor stated in his request to Atty Mitchell John Boiser. 

Boiser, Provincial Legal Officer, is expected to give Capitol's advice to Sikatuna anytime. (rac/PIA-7/Bohol)

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