Child welfare is core of group's target agenda

May 10, 2013 1:10 am 

MANILA, May 9 — Akap Bata Sectoral Organization for Children, Inc. (Akap) party list group will pursue children's welfare-promoting legislation if elected to Congress this year.

Akap first nominee Arlene Brosas said education, shelter and nutrition are among this party list group's major concerns as these are vital to the well-being of children 17 years old and younger who comprise some 42 percent of the country's population.

"It's time for children to be represented in Congress so their voices can be heard," she said at State-run PTV 4's 'Paghahanda para sa Hatol ng Bayan' program for the 2013 mid-term polls.

She pointed out thatAkap is the sole party list group running in this year's elections to represent children.

Corporal punishment and child labor are other concerns Akap will pursue in Congress if this group wins in the elections, she continued.

Akap's hoping for poll victory in 2013 after its 2010 election defeat, noting latest available data show government was able to enact in the past 18 years only nine laws concerning children's rights and welfare.

"As long as children aren't represented in Congress, legislators won't prioritize their needs," Brosas said.

One proposal Akap continues backing is enactment of the magna carta for day care workers.

Brosas said Akap is supporting such proposal since day care workers are among the pillars of children's development.

"If we don't help such workers, their level of assistance to children won't be much," she noted.

South Cotabato Rep. Pedro Acharon Jr. earlier filed in the 15th Congress HB 00040 granting the magna carta for day care workers.

HB 00040 aims to enhance the workers' right to better employment.

The House reported as of May 15 last year, HB 00040's under study by the technical working group on children.

During the 14th Congress, Sen. Manny Villar also filed SB 2306 to help enhance, protect and improve day care workers' socio-economic well-being.

Earlier, Akap urged national and local candidates to explain their respective platforms for children.

Akap also challenged the candidates to address the six-point 'Filipino Children's Agenda for the 2013 Elections.'

Such agenda covers children's education, poverty, hunger and malnutrition, decent and secured shelter, exploitation and rights. (PNA)

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