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PIA News Service - Friday, October 18, 2013

Tandag mayor delivers 1st ‘State of the Children Address’

By Venus L. Garcia

TANDAG CITY, Oct. 18 (PIA) – “Let us hand in hand strengthen child’s welfare by institutionalizing responsible parenthood, thereby, molding our children to become truly responsible and productive citizens.” These are the words expressed by Roxanne C. Pimentel, Tandag City mayor and chairperson of Council for Protection of Children, as she delivered her “State of the Children Address” during the 1st Children’s Congress held Friday in the city gymnasium, this city.

Pimentel encouraged everyone to know and protect the rights of the children. “I urge all sectors of the community to be cooperative in raising well the Filipino children for they are the future promoters of our nation’s development,” she invoked to everybody.

In her address, she cited the existing situational levels of children population in the city. “ Of the total population of Tandag, 35.42 percent are children of marginalized families; 48 percent comprises the population of 18 years old and below; 48 percent of the children population live in the urban zone,” bared Pimentel.

She identified them as the core beneficiaries of the programs and projects that support the children’s welfare and survival activities.

The city government has also implemented health and nutrition program services for children and has provided allocation for education as well, said Mayor Pimentel.

“We have 21 health centers in the entire city which are operated by 314 health personnel and service providers. This has resulted to a decline of dengue cases in children and decrease of maternal and infant mortality rate. Our local infant immunization efficiency rating also increased per household,” she recounted.

Likewise, there are 379 students who benefitted from educational assistance; 5,987 pupils/students are now enrolled under Pantawid Pamilyang Pilipino Program (4Ps); 1,378 preschoolers got the advantage of day care services.

Included in the array of programs are the incorporation of Gender and Development (GAD) plan, granting of scholarships, and construction and rehabilitation of school buildings.

She concluded her speech by telling that “with these tough task beset before me and before you, let us all together share these noble responsibilities of not only guiding our children but also building a culture of child friendliness as we aim to gain recognition to be one of the country’s child friendly cities,” she said. (VLG/PIA-Caraga)

Lady mayor promotes Nutrition Program Services for children

By Jennifer P. Gaitano

TANDAG CITY, Oct. 18 (PIA) – “Every child should be given proper care and nutrition so they become healthy and smart.”

This was the statement stressed by city mayor Roxanne C. Pimentel in her First State of the Children Address here, citing its significant activities on its Nutrition Program Services for the children for this year.

Pimentel bared that that the city government is continuously conducting the Periodic assessment of children’s nutritional status by doing Annual Operation Timbang, and monthly weighing of severely malnourished.

“In 2008, the 1,373 or 18 percent underweight and severely underweight preschool children was reduced to 11.7 percent in 2012. Children aged 6-12 at 1,275 or 15 percent also increased to 16.5 percent,” she said.

Pimentel also said that the city government continuously conducts the following activities in support to the welfare of the children and their parents: provides nutri-pack supplementary foods; disseminates information education on proper nutrition, breastfeeding and maternal child health care – consumption of fortified food or 'Sangkap Pinoy' food products through mothers’ class: home visits, counseling and for a stronger campaign on backyard home yard gardening and raising of small animals for household food security; and referrals of children for micro-nutrient supplementation, deworming and related activities that address health problems.

“Convergence coordination among various government agencies, non-government organizations, civil society organizations, and even international communities is very vital to alleviate the impoverished socio-economic situation of the families with malnourished children,” stressed Pimentel.

The First Children’s Congress in the city is in time with this year’s 21st National Children’s Month celebration with the theme, “Kahirapan Wakasan, Karapatan ng Bata Ipaglaban.” (JPG/PIA-Caraga) 

Our education indicators have remained above the nat’l standard, says Tandag City Mayor Pimentel

By Jennifer P. Gaitano

TANDAG CITY, Oct. 18 (PIA) – During her First State of the Children’s Address held today at the city gymnasium here, Mayor Roxanne C. Pimentel bared its accomplishments in the fulfillment of proper education to children.

“In Tandag City Division, we have 5,987 students/pupils enrolled under Pantawid Pamilyang Pilipino Program (4Ps) and increasing by 10 percent a year. The severely malnourished enrollees reduced from 238 to 94 pupils. There are also 25 pupils under the Arabic Language in Values Education (ALIVE)/MADRASAH Curriculum,” said Pimentel.

The city government also caters free Childhood Education to 16 schools through Service Contracting Scheme. “We also have classes with the Special Education Curriculums – the Special Science, the SPED class for fast learners in Tandag and Complete Special Education for the 251 gifted and talented pupils from kinder to Grade six and 44 children with Complete Special Education Needs (CSEN) like those with hearing and visual impairment, autism, intellectual and learning disability,” bared Pimentel.

At present, there are already ten CSEN pupils who are mainstreamed to the regular class program.

“Our education indicators have remained above the national standard. These include the teacher-ratio of 1:28 that remain the same in the elementary level, and also 1:28 in high school, which is higher than the national ratio of 1:40. Our grade six pupils have kept their increasing high scores in the National Achievement Test (NAT) from 84.12 percent to 86.12 percent. We then belong to top one in the NAT throughout the Philippines,” revealed Pimentel.

Also, there are already 1,378 preschool children enrolled in the Day Care Centers in the 21 barangays of Tandag City.

With these developments, Mayor Pimentel is looking forward for an increased number of enrollees in the schools as the city government continues to implement its programs for them. (JPG/PIA-Caraga)