January 29, 2023

LAGAWE, Ifugao – The Provincial Local Council for the Protection of Children (PLCPC) is proposing some amendments to the Ifugao Children’s Code (ICC) for it to better accomplish its goals under current circumstances.
The PLCPC held series of workshops last year to assess the implementation of the ICC from 2007 to 2019. The group identified some shortcomings and made some proposed amendments which it will submit to the sangguniang panlalawigan for proper action.
Among the recommended amendments are the provisions of free oral examinations and other dental services to preschool pupils, school children, and adolescents and the conduct of new born screening process within 48 to 72 hours after birth to detect early congenital metabolic disorder that may lead to mental retardation or even death if left untreated.
Another recommendation is for legislative bodies to craft an ordinance on facility-based delivery attended by skilled health professionals.
The ICC was crafted in 2007 with the declaration of policy that Ifugao must give high priority to the rights of children for their survival, protection, and participation and that it will work in respect to the role of the family in providing for children.
It aims to ensure the protection of children against all forms of abuse and exploitation, advocate for children’s rights and promote their welfare and development, ensure that children’s rights are given priority attention both in the government and civil society and to improve the quality of life of children in the province by enabling them to fully develop their potentials and participate in community life and nation building.
It is the belief that children today if well brought up and cared in a good society will grow up better and responsible adults. – Dan. B. Codamon