AN ORDINANCE INSTITUTIONALIZING THE TABACO CITY COUNCIL FOR THE WELFARE AND PROTECTION OF CHILDREN (TCCWPC), CREATING THE CHILDREN’S AFFAIRS OFFICE, DEFINING THEIR FUNCTIONS, APPROPRIATING FUNDS FOR THEIR OPERATIONS, AND FOR OTHER PURPOSES.

2017, Ordinances

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EXCERPTS FROM THE MINUTES OF THE 68TH REGULAR SESSION OF THE 6th SANGGUNIANG PANLUNGSOD BATCH 2016-2019 OF THE CITY OF TABACO HELD AT THE SESSION HALL, LOCATED AT THE SECOND FLOOR TABACO CITY HALL BUILDING ON NOVEMBER 07, 2017.

 

Present:

Hon. Luis Renir B. Burce                                      Acting City Vice Mayor,

President Pro-Tempore & Member,

Hon. Sheina Marie C. Onrubia                               Floor Leader & Member, &

Hon. John Gio Ong-Bongao                            Assistant Floor Leader & Member,

Hon. Roderick P. Martirez                                             Member,

Hon. Arnaldo B. Bragais                                    Member,

Hon. Raul Roi B. Borejon                                              Member,

Hon. Oscar R. Rocha                                                     Member,

Hon. Julio C. Azada Chua, Jr.                                         Member,

Hon. Danilo C. Buenconsejo                                          Member, &

Hon. Preciocisima B. Tanggo (Pres., LMB)                     Member.

 

Absent:

N         O         N         E

 

On Official Business:

Hon. Hector D. Rodriguez                                              Member.

 

Acting City Mayor:

Hon. Nestor T. San Pablo                           City Vice Mayor & Presiding Officer.

                                                                                                                                               

 

Proponent:        HON. RAUL ROI B. BOREJON

                               Co-Proponents:      HON. SHEINA MARIE C. ONRUBIA

                                                            HON. RODERICK P. MARTIREZ

                                                            HON. ARNALDO B. BRAGAIS

                                                                                                                                               

City Ordinance No. 032-2017

AN ORDINANCE INSTITUTIONALIZING THE TABACO CITY COUNCIL FOR THE WELFARE AND PROTECTION OF CHILDREN (TCCWPC), CREATING THE CHILDREN’S AFFAIRS OFFICE, DEFINING THEIR FUNCTIONS, APPROPRIATING FUNDS FOR THEIR OPERATIONS, AND FOR OTHER PURPOSES.

 

EXPLANATORY NOTE

 

WHEREAS, it is a declared policy of the State under Article XV Section 3(2) of the 1987 Philippine Constitution to defend the right of children to assistance, including proper care and nutrition, and special protection from all forms of neglect, abuse, cruelty, exploitation, and other conditions prejudicial to their development;

 

WHEREAS, Article 359 and 360 of the Civil Code of the Philippines provides that “the government shall establish a Council for the protection of children”;

 

WHEREAS, Republic Act (RA) 7610, otherwise known as the Special Protection of Children Against Child Abuse, Exploitation and Discrimination Act provides the stronger deterrence and special  protection  of children and its corresponding penalties;

 

WHEREAS, as provided in Section 15 of RA 9344, one per cent (1%) of the Internal Revenue Allotment  (IRA) of barangays, municipalities and cities shall be allocated for the strengthening of  and implementation of the programs of the Local Council for the Protection of Children

 

WHEREAS, there is a need to organize a Local Council for the Protection of Children not only in the barangays but also in other local government units (LGU’s) to ensure synchronization and integration of policies, programs and projects for children;

 

WHEREAS, to promote and protect the welfare and rights of children in the city, the Tabaco City Council for the Welfare and Protection of Children (TCCWPC), a special body tasked to plan and design a comprehensive program focused on advancing the interest of young Tabaqueños, must be created;

 

BE   IT ORDAINED, therefore, by the Sangguniang Panlungsod of the City of Tabaco that:

 

SECTION 1. THE TABACO CITY COUNCIL FOR THE WELFARE AND PROTECTION OF CHILDREN. The Tabaco City Council for the Welfare and Protection of Children (TCCWPC) is hereby created as the policy-making and planning body of the City Government of Tabaco on programs and activities promoting the welfare of children and protecting their rights. It shall also serve as the evaluator of all programs, projects and policies affecting the Tabaqueno children.

 

SECTION 2. DEFINITION OF TERMS. For purposes of this ordinance, the following terms shall mean:

  1. Children – persons below eighteen (18) years of age or those over but are unable to fully take care of themselves or protect themselves from abuse, neglect, cruelty, exploitation or discrimination because of a physical or mental impairment or condition.
  2. TCCWPC – the Tabaco City Council for the Welfare and Protection of Children.
  3. CAO – the Children Affairs Office of the City of Tabaco.
  4. BCPC – the Barangay Council for the Protection of Children.
  5. CWC – the Council for the Welfare of Children.

 

SECTION 3. COMPOSITION OF THE TCCWPC. The TCCWPC shall be composed of the following:

Chairperson –                City Mayor

Vice-Chairperson –         City Vice Mayor

Members –

Chairman, SP Committee on Children

Chairman, SP Committee on Public Order

DILG City Director

Liga ng mga Barangay President

SK Federation President

Superintendent, DepEd-Division of City Schools

City Planning and Development Officer

City Budget Officer

City Health Officer

City Social Welfare and Development Officer

City Population and Nutrition Officer

PNP Chief of Police

City Treasurer

City Accountant

City Civil Registrar

City Agriculturist

City Environment and Natural Resources Officer

Public Employment Service Officer (PESO)

City Legal Officer

City Prosecutor

PESO Manager

Presiding Judge, Family Court

Jail Warden, Bureau of Jail Management & Penology-

Tabaco City District Jail

Director, Commission on Human Rights

Provincial Head, Philippine Information Agency

Administrator, Tabaco City School Board

Chairperson, Kapisanan ng mga Brodkaster sa Pilipinas

Program Manager, Bantay Bata 163-Bicol

Representative, Academe

Religious Sector

Parents-Teachers Association (PTA) Federation President

Other Representatives of Civil Society Organizations

 

The membership of the representatives coming from the non-government organization, private sector and agencies/offices outside of the City Government shall commence upon their acceptance of the invitation from the City Mayor.

The members may designate a permanent alternate member to represent in the meetings and activities.

 

SECTION 4. FUNCTIONS. The Tabaco City Council for the Welfare and Protection of Children (TCCWPC) shall have the following functions:

  1. Formulate, Adopt plans, programs and policies for children that are gender-fair, culturally relevant and responsive to the needs of diverse groups of children 0 to below eighteen (18) years of age;
  2. Serve as the primary agency to coordinate with and assist the City Government in the adoption of Juvenile Intervention Programs.
  3. Prepare Annual Work and Financial Plan for programs for children and recommend provision of appropriations on children programs to the Sangguniang Panlungsod of Tabaco, equivalent to one percent (1%) of the Internal Revenue Allotment (IRA) of the City;
  4. Advocate and recommend local legislation promoting child survival, protection, participation and development, especially on the quality of television shows, media prints and coverage, which are detrimental to children, and with appropriate funding support;
  5. Provide technical assistance and recommend financial assistance to the Barangay Councils for the Protection of Children in the City;
  6. Coordinate with other agencies and institutions in the planning, monitoring and evaluation of plans for children and Juvenile Intervention and Diversion Programs in the community;
  7. Promote the education of every child within the City;
  8. Advocate for the establishment and maintenance of playgrounds, child development centers, and other facilities necessary for child and youth development;
  9. Conduct capability building programs to enhance knowledge and skills in handling concerns relating to children;
  10. Document barangay best practices relating to children and juvenile intervention and prevention;
  11. Monitor situation reports on children and prepare quarterly updates including the implementation of various children development programs and recommend to the Sangguniang Panlungsod for consideration and application;
  12. Perform such other functions as provided for in the ECCD and other child related laws, especially on matters of child and parent education, health and entertainment;

 

In the performance of its functions, the TCCWPC may request the assistance of any other offices within the City Government of Tabaco and may seek out wider stakeholders’ participation to accomplish the objectives and purposes of this ordinance.

 

SECTION 5. MEETINGS AND QUORUM. The meetings of the TCCWPC shall be held once every two months on the date and at the place to be determined by the body and the agenda of which shall include policies/programs/projects/activities relative to the promotion of the rights and welfare of children. The chairperson of the TCCWPC may call for a special meeting as he/she may deem necessary. The TCCWPC may adopt its own internal rules of procedure at it may deem necessary for the orderly conduct of its meetings, operation and effective performance of its functions. The Children’s Affairs Office (CAO), referred to in the succeeding Section, shall serve as the Secretariat of the TCCWPC.

 

SECTION 6. CHILDREN’S AFFAIRS OFFICE (CAO). The Children’s Affairs Office is hereby created under the direct supervision of the Office of the City Mayor with the following functions:

  1. Serve as secretariat of the TCCWPC;
  2. Provide technical assistance and recommend financial support to Barangay Council for the Protection of Children (BCPC);
  3. Establish and maintain database on children in the city;
  4. Foster education of every child;
  5. Assist children in need of special protection and refer cases filed against child abusers to proper agencies/institutions;
  6. Conduct capability building programs to enhance knowledge and skills in handling children’s program;
  7. Assist in the functions and other organizational matters of the Tabaco City Council for the Welfare and Protection of Children;
  8. Develop a comprehensive social development and welfare program for children and submit the same to the TCCWPC for the latter’s adoption;
  9. Document best barangay practices on children;
  10. Coordinate and work with appropriate offices and agencies of the government in providing such welfare services, privileges and benefits to the intended beneficiaries;
  11. Exercise such other powers and perform such other duties and functions as may be assigned by the City Mayor or as may be prescribed by law or ordinance.

 

SECTION 7. COMPOSITION AND STRUCTURE OF THE CHILDREN’S AFFAIRS OFFICE (CAO). The CAO shall be composed of an Executive Director and such number of employees as necessary to carry out the functions and objectives of TCCWPC. Said personnel shall be appointed, designated or assigned by the city mayor. For reasons of economy and expediency, interim appointments may be resorted to, and may be drawn from any department or office now existing within the City Government. Regular or plantilla positions may be created in the future, subject to an enactment of an ordinance providing the same and, therefore, amending this section.

 

SECTION 8. APPROPRIATION. To realize the objectives of this ordinance, the amount of not less than One Million Three Hundred Thousand Pesos (₱ 1,300,000.00) is hereby appropriated chargeable against the Tabaco Children’s Fund of at least one percent of the City’s total Internal Revenue Allotment (IRA) under the Special Purpose Appropriations of the current year.

For the succeeding years, the annual appropriation for the TCCWPC and the CAO shall be based on the annual work and financial plan submitted by the Children’s Affairs Office, duly adopted by the TCCWPC and finally approved by the Sangguniang Panlungsod of Tabaco, as manifested in the city’s annual budget.

 

SECTION 9. SEPARABILITY CLAUSE. Should any portion of this ordinance be declared unconstitutional or invalid, the other parts or provisions thereof which are not affected, hence shall continue to be in full force and effect.

SECTION 10. REPEALING CLAUSE. All ordinances, executive issuances, rules and regulations, and/or parts thereof inconsistent with the provisions of this ordinance are hereby repealed and/or modified accordingly.

 

Section 11. EFFECTIVITY. This Ordinance shall take effect immediately after ten (10) days from the date a copy of the ordinance is posted in the bulletin board at the entrance of the City Hall and in at least two (2) other conspicuous places in the city, not later than five (5) days after approval.

 

APPROVED.

 

We hereby certify to the correctness of the foregoing Ordinance.

 

 (Sgd.)

                          RAUL ROI B. BOREJON                 SHEINA MARIE C. ONRUBIA

                                       Proponent                                            Co-Proponent

 

 

                        RODERICK P. MARTIREZ                     ARNALDO B. BRAGAIS

            Co-Proponent                                         Co-Proponent

 

 

                                                     LUIS RENIR B. BURCE 

                                                       Acting City Vice Mayor &

                                                            President Pro-Tempore

 

 

ATTESTED:

 

GLENDA B. PANTI

Secretary to the Sangguniang Panlungsod

 

 

 

                                                                                    APPROVED:

 

 

 

NESTOR T. SAN PABLO

Acting City Mayor