MANILA, Philippines — Quezon City Vice Mayor Joy Belmonte has committed to support other local government units in promoting the protection of children in their constituencies.
Speaking at the launching of the situational analysis of children by the United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF) on Tuesday, Belmonte highlighted the programs implemented by the city government to promote the welfare of the youth.
“We are willing to share our expertise on child protection to those who would want to learn from us,” she said.
Belmonte cited the programs being implemented by the city government for the youth, including the establishment of adolescent and child treatment facilities as well as the implementation of discipline hours, anti-bullying ordinance and road safety for children.
“We reconstituted the local council for the protection of children to synchronize all programs and services for the children of Quezon City. This included reorganizing the various communities under the umbrella of the council and the crafting of the first local development and investment plan for children,” she said.
“Since 2010, we have made progress in ensuring that we deliver programs and services for children,” Belmonte added.
In its 2015 report, the UNICEF found that 31.4 percent of Filipino children were living below the basic poverty line, with poverty rates reaching as high as 63.1 percent in the Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao (ARMM).
While child mortality decreased from 41 to 21 deaths per 1,000 live births between 1990 and 2015, the agency said the number was significantly higher in rural areas and the ARMM.