SAN JOSE, Antique, Nov. 27 (PIA)- - Mayor Elmer Untaran of the San Jose de Buenavista has assured sustained support to the town's children.
In his State of the Children's Address during the Children's Month celebration, Untaran said that the town is allocating funds for programs and services that are geared towards children's welfare.
""Our government is dedicated to the promotion and protection of children's rights to survival, protection, development and participation," he said during the program at the Activity Center, San Jose Municipal hall recently.
He also emphasized that the government has the obligation and accountability to undertake appropriate legislative and administrative measures for the realization of these rights, so that children shall have the access to services and protection from all forms of abuse and violence.
He vowed the town's sustained support and investment for children to ensure said rights are upheld.
On part of the Provincial Government, Social Welfare and Development Officer Lazaro Petinglay lauded the commitment of the Municipality of San Jose de Buenavista to comply with the Four Gifts to Children to ensure the rights of children are given priority in governance.
LGU San Jose has completed the Four Gifts to Children as mandated under the Convention of the Rights of the Child , namely the Municipal Development Plan for Children, Municipal Investment Plan for Children, Children's Code and the State of Children's Report.
Petinglay enjoined parents and child's rights duty bearers to institute a holistic development to the child not only the intelligence and emotional quotient but as well build social skills and resilient attitude for them to cope with challenges in life.
Sanggunianh Bayan member Joanne Amor Dolor, who is also the SB Chair on Committee on Social Services, expressed his support to the event and emphasized that the children are the best human resource in the community, thus their rights should be given utmost importance.
The event was also attended by local stakeholders in San Jose including the day care workers who are actively involved in the development of children through the Early Childhood Care and Development Program. (JBG/psm/PIA-Antique)