DILG says 90 percent of LGUs have LCPC

June 16, 2012 1:06 am 

By Priam F. Nepomuceno

MANILA, June 15 – Department of Interior and Local Government (DILG) Secretary Jesse Robredo on Friday said that close to 90 percent of local government units (LGUs) in the country have set up their local councils for the protection of children (LCPC)

The setting in place of LCPCs aims to promote children’s rights and implement child-centered programs at the local level, Robredo said.

The DILG chief made the announcement after receiving the reports from the National Barangay Operations Office (NBOO) and the DILG’s regional offices which states that 89.49 percent or a total of 37,612 of the 42,026 LGUs in the country have organized or reorganized their councils for children as of December 2011.

On the other hand, 15 barangays have not reorganized their LCPC, while 15 provinces, six cities, 1,112 municipalities and 3,368 barangays have not submitted their report yet. The report did not include LGUs in the Autonomous Region in the Muslim Mindanao (ARMM), he said.

Of the 37,612 LCPCs, 60 are at the provincial level, 128 at the city level, 1,271 in municipalities and 36,153 in barangays, he said.

Robredo, however, explained that organization of LCPCs does not automatically translate to its ideal functionality.

“The DILG evaluates the functionality of these councils based on their performance along the following areas: organization, meetings, policies, plans and budget and accomplishments on programs, projects and activities related to children’s welfare and protection,” he said.

LCPCs can be categorized as Ideal or having a rating of 80 to 100 percent for satisfying all the requirements for all the indicators; Mature or with a rating of 51 – 79 percent for satisfying the requirements for organization and meeting and any of the sub-indicators; Progressive or a rating of 21 – 50 percent for satisfying the requirements for organization and meeting and some of the sub-indicators; and Basic or a rating of 20 percent and below for satisfying the requirements for organization and/or meetings only.

Based on the same report, Robredo said that of the total of 37,612 LCPCs assessed nationwide, 5,324 are Ideal; 14,345 are Mature; 11,629 are Progressive; and 6,314 are Basic.

Meanwhile, comparing the data on ideal functionality, cities had the highest percentage of increase with 24 percent, followed by the municipalities with 12 percent, and provinces with eight percent, while barangays decreased by six percent.

“With these information, we shall undertake initiatives to increase the awareness of LGUs on the importance of LCPCs in carrying out programs that will protect and benefit children,” Robredo said.

“We are also calling on LGUs to put the rights and welfare of children, who belong to one of the most vulnerable sectors in the society, on top of their priority by setting up and strengthening their LCPCs,” he added.

Yearly, the DILG through the NBOO and its regional offices, conducts the monitoring and assessment of the functionality of LCPCs to determine how much efforts are being given by LGUs in addressing the concerns of children at the local level.

As this develops, Robredo said that 85 percent of LGUs are ready to deal with disasters with "functioning" disaster risk reduction and management councils.

The DILG chief added that his agency is adopting several redundancy protocols to ensure prompt response from local officials.

He said the seal of disaster preparedness will institutionalize among local governments the mechanisms in dealing with disasters.

Robredo said the seal has three components: institutional organization (such as a functioning council); operation readiness (such as readying rescue equipment and evacuation centers); and mainstream disaster preparedness sa planning (such as land use plans). (PNA)

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