December 6, 2022 @ 8:08 AM 2 months ago

THE administration of Valenzuela City Mayor Wes Gatchalian has won big in its program for children welfare and protection after it was hailed as “2022 Most Valuable Partner of the Child Protection Network Inc.”

The awarding was held recently during the culminating activity of the ’14th Ako Para Sa Bata’ hybrid session held at the Ramon Magsaysay Center.

“Continuous efforts to protect our children in the city from the many faces of abuse and to ensure that services and advocacy remain unhampered even during these trying times,” he said.

The former lawmaker-turned-mayor has also credited his brother, now Rep. Rex Gatchalian, who initiated the establishment of the Child Protection Center in 2017 with the partnership of the Consuelo Alger Foundation through the latter’s Child Abuse Prevention and Intervention Network (CAPIN).

“In the city where welfare and security of women and children is an utmost priority, we have been committed in serving the ‘Valenzuelanos’ with the setting up of the Center, among others,” the mayor stressed.

The CAPIN program is a community-based child protection advocacy which promotes child-sensitive systems in the management of child-abuse cases.

The city chief executive took pride of Valenzuela’s own center which was the first local government unit-run in the National Capital Region and third in the Philippines.

It’s currently manned by multi-disciplinary team of social workers, doctors, police investigators, psychometricians, among others, and has served about 4,000 clients since its establishment.

He said they’ve strengthened its advocacy through the Global Partnership to End Violence against Children when the city became the 1st Path-finding City in the world to end the violence against children in 2019.

Also in 2019, the city government partnered with the United Nations Children’s Fund in its 8th Country Program for Children.

They worked together through a technical assistance plan designed by the city government to strengthen the local government’s capacity to deliver and achieve results for children.

Committing to continue the advocacy for the city children’s welfare and protection, Gatchalian expressed gratitude to the Child Protection Network Inc. for the recognition accorded to the city.

“As the new city mayor, I will continue to love and embrace those in needs and we will defend the helpless and abused children,” the Valenzuela chief executive added.