Public consultation on city’s gender and children’s codes, held

The city council thru its committee on social services, women and urban poor chaired by councilor Lilia Farinas conducted a public consultation on the city’s Gender Equality and Development (GEAD) and Children’s Welfare and Protection Codes last Tuesday at city hall’s sangguniang panlungsod session hall.

Vice-Mayor Faustino Olowan, a member of Farinas’ committee, said the half-day consultation aims to get suggestions on possible amendments , comments and more from concerned offices, agencies, private institutions, groups and others  that will assist the local legislature in crafting the best, most relevant ordinances and other laws possible.

Among those present during the activity were Department of Interior and Local Government-Baguio office head Evelyn Trinidad, city social welfare and development department chief Betty Fangasan, and other heads and representatives of concerned local government offices and national agencies.

The GEAD code was passed by the city council on October 3, 2005 and  approved by then Mayor Braulio Yaranon on October 25 of the same year.  Meanwhile, the children’s welfare code was passed by the city council on August 17, 2009 and approved by former Mayor Reinaldo Bautista, Jr. on September 9, 2009.

The Gender code makes it a policy of the city government to recognize the various needs  of its diverse and multi-ethnic population and accordingly, the city’s programs and projects shall be “gender sensitive and gender fair”.

On the other hand, the children’s code makes it a city government policy to effectively promote, fully enhance and institutionalize the survival, protection, development and participation rights of children within the framework of advancing general welfare in furtherance of integrated and equitable development.

It also provides a continuum of services  for children and their families from prevention to treatment considering, whenever possible, prevention, diversion and early intervention in the home, schools and community, among others.-gaby keith