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VIGAN CITY CHILDREN WELFARE AND DEVELOPMENT CODE LAUNCHED

IMG 0623The Vigan City Children’s  Welfare and Development Code sponsored by City Councilor Janina Carine Medina-Farinas was officially launched on November 25, 2019 as part of the city’s celebration of the Children’s Month. Ordinance No. 04, Series of 2019 otherwise known as “An Ordinance Enacting the Children’s Welfare and Development Code of the City of Vigan” was enacted by the Sangguniang Panlungsod of Vigan on March 25, 2019 with a unanimous vote by the august body.

            The launching of the Children’s Welfare and Development Code was attended by the elementary and secondary students in different public and private schools, the Barangay Captains, the City Mayor, the members of the Seventh Sangguniang Panlungsod and selected  Non-Government Organizations. During the program,   Student Vice Mayor Crizel  Aquino  led in reciting the “Panatang Makabata”. SPM Janina Medina-Farinas on the other hand introduced and gave an overview on the provisions and the importance of the Code for the general welfare of our children.  Mayor Juan Carlo S. Medina expressed his appreciation to the legislative body of the city for enacting a very significant  legislative measure that will be instrumental for the city government’s continuing programs to protect the Bigueno Children.

            This Ordinance encompasses the following provisions:  children welfare community support system with the establishment of the Vigan Child Welfare Council, Barangay Council for the Protection of Children; primary health care (maternal and child care program); infant and young child feeding task force; advocacy program for local children literature; institutionalization of the Local committee in anti-trafficking and violence against women and children; comprehensive parental responsibility; programs on child abuse, exploitation and discrimination; children in conflict with the law, curfew for minors; and installation of mechanism for participation in policy and program formulation or governance.

The Children’s Welfare and Development Code  is a legislative measure that solidifies  the city’s commitment in ensuring that the general welfare of  all Bigueño children will  always be prioritized and  protected from all forms of abuses and provided with all the necessary services that will allow them to have a  healthy  physical and mental development.

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