Friday, November 6, 2015

Child rights advocates urges stronger BCPC

DAVAO CITY, Nov 6 (PIA) A member of the Council for the Welfare of Children cites the intervention of the Barangay Council for the Protection of Children (BCPC) to ensure that children-in-conflict with the law in their respective communities may be diverted to do worthwhile endeavor instead of returning back to the cycle of poverty and violence.

Mae Aquino of the Council for the Welfare of Children said the BCPC plays an important role to ensure that a CICL is integrated back to the community and become a civic-minded citizen.

She observed that the BCPC needs to be strengthened especially so that not all the 182 barangays of the city have this council in their respective areas.

“We need to strengthen the BCPC by enhancing its capability to act accordingly by way of guiding the child to be a good citizen,” Aquino said.

She said that the BCPC can immediately intervene, instead of bringing the child to other agencies of government.

Aquino said a child must be handled only by agencies like the City Social Welfare and Development Office and police on worse situations.

She said that the BCPC has been a component of the Presidential Decree 603 or the Child and Youth Welfare Code of 1969, thus the need to be monitored by the Department of Interior and Government to carry out its functions.

Aquino said the city might be classified as the most child-friendly city nationwide in two validations, but only a few number of barangays have a functional BCPC.

“Our move in the council is to enhance the capacity of BCPC in all barangays of the city,” she said.  (PIA 11-Joey Sem G. Dalumpines)

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