Zambo City earns high rating on child protection

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By Teofilo Garcia, Jr. (PNA)

ZAMBOANGA CITY -- The Local Council for the Protection of Children (LCPC) has attained the highest level of functionality for 2018.

Mayor Maria Isabelle Climaco-Salazar said the Department of the Interior and Local Government (DILG) has recently informed her, through a letter, that the city's LCPC has attained the ideal level of functionality which is the highest, with an equivalent rating of 103 percent.

Salazar chairs the LCPC.

The rating earned in 2018 is 1 percent higher than the city’s LCPC 102-percent rating in 2017.

Salazar said Friday that the rating was a result of the evaluation and assessment conducted by the Regional Inter-Agency Monitoring Task Force (RIMTF) team last April 2.

She said local government units (LGUs) are encouraged to organize their respective LCPCs as mandated under the law, based on DILG Memorandum 2002-121.

The LCPC is responsible for planning and spearheading programs for children in the locality with the end in view of making it child-friendly.

She said the need to make the LCPC functional is crucial to sustain national efforts in the localization of the National Strategic Framework for Plan Development for Children.