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Mayor Valmayor Delivers 2015 Local State of Children’s Report

San Carlos City Mayor, Gerardo P. Valmayor, Jr. addressed a crowd of students and teachers from private and public schools and other representatives from the various sectors in San Carlos City during his Local State of Children’s Report for 2015 this morning, at the SP Session Hall.

The 36 minute-speech focused on the four rights of the child including the right to survival, the right to development, the right to protection, and the right to participation that underscored the theme “Isulong Kalidad Na Edukasyon Para sa Lahat ng Bata”.

Valmayor said that the city government is taking children’s welfare among the top priorities, incorporated in the local government’s plans and initiatives.

Said speech highlighted the programs of the City Social Welfare and Development Office, Department of Education, Philippine National Police, City Health Office, City Nutrition Council and Local Council for the Protection of Children (LCPC) among others.

His report centered on Early childhood care and development program where enrollment from kindergarten to high school increased from 2013 to 2016 including graduation rate of 98.83 percent in school year 2013-2014 to 100.71 percent in school year 2014-2015.

He also said that all 11 public and private high schools in San Carlos City were ready for Senior High Curriculum of the K-12 program complete with competent teachers and instructors.

The mayor also commended the teachers on its noble deed and concern for students who were victims of violence and abuse that led to the filing of cases.

He also mentioned the significant contribution of the city ordinances on curfew for minors and the regulation on the operation of internet cafés and computer rental shops implemented earlier that lowered the incidence of children in conflict with the law (CICL) from 69 violators in 2014 to 65 in 2015 and 30 in 2016.

He added that said ordinances also abated the number of minors caught wandering the streets during night time from 232 in 2014, 90 in 2015 and 48 in the latter part of 2016.

Valmayor also cited the city’s joint program with its barangay and church which is a community-based wellness program that focuses on a 3-care action plan including Patient’s Care, Family Care, and Community Care called KAABAG or Kabuhi, Angay Ampingan, Bag-ohon alang sa Ginoo to address the war on illegal drugs for surrenderers since there was one minor arrested during buy bust operations by operatives of PDEA and four minors who surrendered during the height of said campaign.

Said program recently won an IWAG award by the Department of Interior and Local Government last October 26, 2016 in Bacolod City.

Valmayor also spoke about the school-based program of the local PNP which benefits children and the need for certain local departments to include in its proposals the social programs and services for children in the city’s Executive Legislative Agenda or ELA CapDev plan for 2017 -2019.

The later part of said program were the giving of certificates to outgoing LCPC members and stakeholders and induction of officers of the Barangay Council for the Protection of Children Child Representatives.