Tingog party-list to government agencies: Ensure special care for Taal children

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Tingog party-list Rep. Yedda Marie Romualdez on Sunday appealed to officials of the national government and local government units to ensure that special care and attention are given to children affected by the eruption and restiveness of Taal Volcano.

Romualdez, the chairperson of the House committee on the welfare of children, said government officials need to strictly adhere to the provisions of Republic Act 10821 or the Children’s Emergency Relief and Protection Act when attending to the needs of children displaced by the Taal eruption.

“I wish to remind my co-workers in government on the existence of this law mandating special protection to children before, during and after disasters,” she said.

“They need to comply with the provisions of RA No. 10821 in attending to needs of the children affected by the Taal eruption,” said Romualdez.

“This law led to the formulation by the DSWD of the Comprehensive Emergency Program for Children, which provide for the humanitarian standards for the protection of children in disaster areas. Our LGUs need to be aware of this program for their strict compliance,” she added.

Under the law, the Comprehensive Emergency Program for Children shall be used as the basis for handling disasters and other emergency situations to protect children, pregnant and lactating mothers, and support their immediate recovery.

“The law is clear: this Program shall be implemented immediately after the declaration of a national or local state of calamity or occurrence of any other emergency situation,” Romualdez pointed out.

“The law also mandates that this Program be integrated in the development and Local Disaster Risk Reduction and Management (LDRRM) plans and budget of all local government units,” the party-list lawmaker added.